The Founder of Digilinks Ltd, Keffi, Mr Paul Enam has called on government to launch Cyber Security and Cyber–Crime Incident reporting points of contacts, across the country to effectively tackle cyber-crime incidents.
Digilinks is a Keffi-based NGO that trains people on IT and into capacity building of youths on cyber crimes.
Enam, who is an IT expert, made the call during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Keffi on Wednesday.
He said although, there were outfits that tackled cyber crimes, “the specilaised centres would serve as incident reporting points of contacts because of the increasing number of internet users in the country.
” I know there are offices like the ICPC, EFCC and some others, the increasing reliance of internet users on mobile phones and other Information Communication Technology (ICT) calls specilised centres.
“This is necessary to improve their way of doing business and communications and save them from falling prey to cyber criminals.
”So, it is imperative for government to ensure a prioritisation of cyber security such specilaised centres would boost its readiness to deal with any infractions that may happen, “he said.
The expert also stressed the need for government and private bodies to come together and ensure that people were well aware of the habits that made them more susceptible to being attacked by cyber criminals.
“Activities such as clicking on every link, sharing of passwords with unofficial people, not having antivirus on devices among others can expose unsuspecting internet users to cyber attacks.
“Therefore, Cyber Security and Cyber–Crime Incident reporting points of contacts should be launched and made operational.
He disclosed that such speclialised centres would also enable citizens to report cyber-crime cases and cyber security incidences as well as ensure that such centres receive effective response.
” More subscribers are coming online millions across West African, meaning more online penetration.
” So, it is important for a specialised centres that cater for victims of internet crime to be launched so that internet users can report any suspicious content while interacting on the internet to appropriate authorities who are also trained to handle such issue.
“ I will also urge victims of cyber crimes to report any suspicious transactions to these centres, when in operation, minimise cyber crime incidences.” (NAN)