Cybersecurity : Expert Urges FG to Strengthen Intrusion Prevention, Detection Systems

Following persistent attack on Nigeria's cybersecurity system, an expert and Professor of Computer Science and Information Security, Prof Adesina Simon Sodiya has charged the Federal Government, corporate organisations and stakeholders in general,  to ensure efficient intrusion prevention and detection systems for cybersecurity. 

Prof. Sodiya gave the charge while delivering 80th Inaugural Lecture of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) held at Oluwafemi Balogun Ceremonial Building, Alabata Permanent Site of the University.

He argued that if there is effective access control of the system, it would be difficult to attack thereby, preventing it and enabling a secured domain controller, (DC) using best practices.

Sodiya also tasked  government on the need to set up Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for swift response to attack incidences.

According to him, "Government should set up a Computer Emergency Response Team in all government sectors  for swift response to attack incidence, and also develop a multi-lingual attack reporting platform".

"For proactive cybersecurity management, corporate organization and government should make sure that all connections to the network are known, documented, and monitored. And the intelligence of hackers must be harnessed by the government for the development of our nation", he added.

In the same vein, Sodiya also recommended that the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and some other institutions should support the creation of a College of Computing to develop adequate manpower and expertise needed in the field of cybersecurity. 

He said," Apart from stated recommendations, the University should support the creation of the College of Computing to develop adequate manpower and expertise needed in the field of cybersecurity". 
He also maintained that the use of security applications from reliable vendors would prevent attacks on the system.

He recalled that over 12 million attacks were detected during the last election which was mitigated by the cybersecurity expert in Nigeria. 

"We still need over 1 million IT experts alone in Africa and over 5 million cybersecurity experts needed in the world, so we need to harness our skills in cybersecurity", he maintained.

The University Don called on the Government and corporate organisations to address  cybersecurity  challenges to enable the country experience rapid digital transformation and sustainable national development.

The 80th Inaugural Lecturer who is a Professor of  Computer Science and Information Security, Department of Computer Science, College of Physical Sciences (COLPHYS) identified machine learning and artificial intelligence as two technologies that could be used to develop proactive cybersecurity solutions,as well as help to mitigate risk and reduce hazards.

Speaking on the title of the Lecture, Prof.Sodiya informed that "Muddy waters represents the unstable and multifunction techniques used by cybercriminals in targeting their objects, hence understanding the attacker's tactics, motivations and the potential  impacts is essential for organisations to bolster their defense and safeguard sensitive information".

Prof Sodiya acknowledged that though security experts  and researchers are fighting hard, but there is  need for new proactive and robust approaches to be employed, adding that "we all need to wake up and shine our eyes".

Explaining the reason for contineous  attacks on Information Technology infrastructure, the Don stated that cybersecurity experts have continued to witness tremendous revolution because attack landscape is ever changing and attackers will continue to adopt new sophisticated tactics and approach.

The Inaugural Lecturer pointed out that winning the cybersecurity game requires adopting coordinated, dynamic, novel, multi-level, multi-form, mulfi-appraoch, multi-tactics and multi-tiered strategies,  that requires every of the players to be smart and highly skillful to be able to win the rofo-rofo game of the cyberworld.

 In his recommendations, Prof.Sodiya beckoned on government and corporate organisations to; ensure all connections to the network are known, documented and monitored; ensure  efficient access control system, implement trusted and efficient intrusion prevention and detection systems, among others.

The 80th Inaugural Lecture also appealed to individuals to; practice password safety, enable automatic software updates, review privacy settings, enable two-factor authentication, develop a multi -lingual attack reporting platforms.

Earlier in his Opening Remarks, the Vice-Chancellor,  Prof Olusola Babatunde Kehinde  represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Development (DVCD), Prof Kola Adebayo described the Inaugural Lecturer as a scholar per excellence who has proved himself worthy in his chosen field.

He commended him for his immense contributions to the development of the University and the entire nation at large.

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