Cyber Security experts proffer solutions to curb cyber crime

Victoria Hanson
In a bid to curb the high rate of cyber crime in the country, Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has proffered ways to eliminate such act among internet users.
on a one day workshop organized by the association for the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos branch, they called on individuals to be security conscious so as to checkmate illicit act.
Speaking on “Dangers of Public Wi-Fi Networks” Mr Kingsley Chinedu Roberts said that there is a great risk in using public Wi-Fi which he said would exposed all the users’ information to the owner of the network.
He listed Man -in the middle, Malware and Wi-Fi sniffing as the major things in which hackers do.
In order to be protected from crime, the experts noted that “when you are on a public Wi-Fi network don’t access your bank account and sensitive details even facebook, If you don’t know who is running the Wi-Fi, never used it, use Visual Private Network (VPN) to protect your information and also stop your devices from automatically connecting to public Wi-Fi. ”
He defined cyber crimes “as illegal use of or the unauthorized entry into a computer system. As a tool of a crime, he said a criminal would however used a computer to gain access to alter information stored on another computer.
When preparing your Mobile Device For a Traveling, “Have automatic system that monitors your network to avoid hacking, remove confidential information from the flash drive to prevent it from stolen, turn off file and printer sharing, also configure your fire wall to block inbound connections, prepare the wireless card, keep the wireless off when not in used. Do not purchase a replacement laptop when traveling to certain countries and never connect to ad hoc network “he added
Mr Matthew Aworunse who spoke on “Current Cyber Security Trends And Threats said that technologies are changing day by day which doesn’t come with security but threats.
Aworunse who is a security researcher quoted that “Garner (2015) Maintained that 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use in 2016 up, 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.”
He identified five (5) major cyber security trends in 2016 by networking world to include cloud services, Ransomware, Spear Phishing, known Vulnerabilities and the internet of things. He therefore outlined back to basics, Intelligence – Led approach, The visibility of things, Attacks on payment card data, machine learning, the security industry and the connected car as cyber security trends that will dominate the world in 2016.
The Chairman of Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State Council, Mr Deji Elumoye expressed satisfaction for the effort of CSEAN to enlighten the members of the pen profession on how to be alert security.adding that the education would bring in new ideas as well as knowledge. He however called on the media professionals employ the knowledge by striving to be security conscious in all areas of life at all times.
The program Director Mr Olatunji said there was need to educate those who managed information so as to aid in disseminating it to the general public .
He maintained that the purpose of the workshop was to reduced the rate of cyber crimes in the country.
Mr Umar Sa’ad also spoke on “Data Encryption ”
Paper was also presented on pass word management among others.

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