Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), being one of the major players in Nigeria cyberspace, advises Nigerians to always strictly adhere to all cybersecurity guidelines and best practices. Individuals are advised to own their roles for their protection in cyberspace, as more people go online for various reasons. We are all responsible for every action we take on the Internet, be it financial activities, e-commerce, etc.

Since 2003, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month has become an annual campaign every year. The month of October has been recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The awareness is aimed at educating the public about the importance of cybersecurity. At the forefront of cybersecurity awareness in Nigeria is the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE). Two of the agencies under the FMCDE, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have been creating awareness and educating Nigerians on the importance of cybersecurity. Recall that it was reported that as of August 2020, Nigeria has 149.8 Million Internet users. The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of  NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stated the need to be cyber security-conscious to guarantee online safety for Internet users is everyone's business and not reserved for a group of people. See full Press release: https://bit.ly/34xLUgu

As the world celebrates Global Cybersecurity Month,  we need to secure all devices used on the Internet at home and at work. We are all aware that fraudsters can find basic information about individuals online and would use the information to trick individuals into divulging personal, financial or security information. We all need to be vigilant and be security conscious whilst on the Internet and not divulge online sensitive information.