Centrex Ethical Lab, a Nigerian Cyber security firm, carried out a survey on Nigeria’s Internet Users during Cyber Security Awareness Month in September 2013 in collaboration with eCore Techno Solutions India, TechTelling Nigeria – focused on improving online safety and security for all Nigerians.
According to the survey, the firm found that two thirds of Nigeria’s Internet users are less concerned about Cyber threats. This is a reflection of the low level of Cyber Security awareness amongst Nigerians.
It also found that 98 % of the respondents are of the opinion that a website consolidating information on cyber security and spam, how to stay safe online, and how to report on suspected criminal activities on the Internet will be useful to the country.
“We want Nigerian businesses to understand they cannot completely remain safe from cyber threats if they do not take the necessary precautions” said Nsikak Joseph, Co-founder of Centrex Lab.
The survey revealed that the vast majority of companies over estimate their company’s security effectiveness, 94% of the respondents feel the President should have the same authority to respond to Cyber-attacks as he has to respond to real world, physical attacks, while 88% of the respondents strongly believe there should be a laws relating to online behaviour enacted for the safety of all.
“Nigerians can improve their online safety practices in a number of areas, especially when it comes to establishing policies and protocols for safe Internet use. Before you share your contact information, daily routine and personal attribute on your blog or popular social networking website like Facebook, Stop and think. You could be putting your safety and your future at risk,” the company advised in a statement.
They also advised that companies should develop Internet security guidelines and educate employees about Internet safety, security and the latest threats, as well as what to do if they misplace information or suspect malware on their machine.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor