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Nigeria: NCC to go to war with cybercriminals

October 31, 2017 • Security, Top Stories, West Africa

Nigeria: NCC to go to war with cyber criminals

Nigeria: NCC to go to war with cybercriminals.

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) declared on Monday 30 October 2017 that the organisation has intensified its onslaught against the threat posed by cybercriminals across the Nigeria. This is according to a report by Nigerian Communications Week.

The commission highlighted the composition of the Industry Group (IWG), which holds a forum to brainstorm ways to wage the war, as one of the strategies that could be used to combat the scourge of cybercrime.

Engr. Ubale Maska, executive commissioner, Technical Services, NCC, who spoke during the second Workshop of IWG on electronic banking fraud at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Kano, lamented the staggering level of fraud in the industry.

The executive commissioner gave a presentation titled: “Electronic Banking Fraud in Nigeria: Challenges and Way Forward” in which he said it has become necessary to intensify the campaign following the visit by the Deputy Governor of the CBN to the management of the NCC to discuss the prevalence of banking fraud using telecoms infrastructure. This was accelerated further after various banking structures complained about the sophistication of the methods employed by cyber criminals via telecoms infrastructure in defrauding unsuspecting customers.

Maska highlighted his eight-point agenda for the industry, of which facilitating strategic collaboration and partnership with relevant stakeholders to foster ICT for sustainable economic development and social advancement became a priority for the commission.

The IWG, which was constituted early in the year, has as members and stakeholders from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Civil Society Organisations (CSO) as well as Value Added Service (VAS) providers.

The NCC representative said that a reference point for the committee was to look at the technicality and security of mobile banking; awareness issues in mobile banking; SIM card replacement processes; SIM card cloning as well as unsolicited text messages.

Edited by Dean Workman
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