Experts Seek Strong Enforcement to Address Cybercrimes

Cybersecurity experts reflects on the importance of  a strong enforcement and regulatory framework that will address low attribution of cyber-attacks in the country.

Cybersecurity and biometric expert, Kenneth Okereafor, said, ” low attribution contributes greatly to the increase in cyber-crimes in Africa.”

“Nigeria and Nigerians are daily victims of cyber-attacks with huge financial, reputational and legal consequences.

“Cybersecurity attribution involves the entire process of tracking, identifying, laying blames on, and possibly punishing the perpetrators of cyber-attack. This also includes other computer hacking exploits that have significant impact on the economy and our daily lives.

“Crime strives faster in any society where checks are ineffective, poorly applied or non-existent.

Agencies need develop strategies that would monitor cybersecurity policy implementations.

Cyber-attacks and other breaches in cyberspace. Without deterrent measures, cybercriminals become emboldened to attack vulnerable targets,” he said.

Urging regulatory agencies, he advised them to develop strategies that would monitor cybersecurity policy implementations. It would also cater for responding to the dynamics of cyberspace around the continent.

 “Organizations in the public and private sectors should desist from withholding the reporting of cyber breaches” he added.

William Makatiani, managing director, Serianu, also said that cyber-attacks in Nigeria will continue to increase as long as electronic frauds and cyber crimes are not attributed.

 “Security is complicated because there is a local aspect around securing systems; most of our fraudsters live here. There is no way somebody will come from the US and secure it, that is the hard work. We need somebody to understand how these people are doing it. Only locals can do it.

“When it comes to preparation we are not ready because we don’t have enough skills. More so, we are not ready to fight cyber crime, because we are not collaborating.

Cybercrimes on the raise daily

“When it comes to attribution we are poor just 2 per cent , there is no single attack that has been successfully attributed. If it comes to attribution of attacks happening in different countries in Africa it is not easy to attribute it to somebody, attribution is a challenge.

“Deterrent requires law enforcement and it is where we are really struggling. Law enforcement agents are not working together. You find judiciary, national intelligence or Army working in variance that is the biggest cyber security problem,” he said.

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