[ISN] Cyber Security: Why Nigeria Needs Computer Emergency Response Team

http://leadership.ng/news/368843/cyber-security-nigeria-needs-computer-emergency-response-team By Nkechi Isaac Leadership April 29, 2014 Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing areas of crime. More and more criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity that modern technologies offer in order to commit a diverse range of criminal activities. These include attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, the distribution of child sexual abuse images, internet auction fraud, the penetration of online financial services, as well as the deployment of viruses, Botnets, and various email scams such as phishing. The global nature of the Internet has allowed criminals to commit almost any illegal activity anywhere in the world, making it essential for all countries to adapt their domestic offline controls to cover crimes carried out in cyberspace. The use of the Internet by terrorists, particularly for recruitment and the incitement of radicalization, poses a serious threat to national and international security. In addition, the threat of terrorism forces authorities to address security vulnerabilities related to information technology infrastructure such as power plants, electrical grids, information systems and the computer systems of government and major companies. Speaking at the handover and launching of the Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERTT.ng) Ecosystem by Consultancy Support Services (CS2) to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the former acting director-general of the agency, Dr. Ashiru Daura, said the project marked a turning point in the fight against cyber crime in Nigeria. Daura said, “CERTT.ng is concerned with cyber crime which is crime committed on the cyber space, the internet. A lot of these crimes, which are of different kinds, happen every minute and every second, now even though we try as much as possible to provide protection for our systems, our networks some of these criminals penetrate or attack. So, there is need for us to do at least two things and these are to repel the attack and recover the systems, to make sure that we can come back to our original status as fast as we can and then also learn few lessons from the attack. That’s the purpose for this team which is to provide response to any threat or attack in the cyber space.” […]