More than 40 Security officials across 15 Nigerian Security Agencies gathered under one roof in Abuja last week, for the Global Accelerex Cyber Crime Seminar for Nigeria’s Security Agencies. The seminar, which was hailed by delegates as impactful in terms of the relevant sessions and quality of the presentations, provided an unparalleled platform for participants to share knowledge on current trends in Cyber Crime and proactive ways to combat them. From the Nigerian Armed Forces to the Department of Space Administration, from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to the Nigerian Police, delegates exchanged experiences and gained further insight into tackling online crime.
The seminar afforded attendees an opportunity to learn the latest in Cyber Crime Trends and Mitigation Techniques, Cyber Security Art and Science, Defensive Strategies, Security Operations Centre (SOC), Risk Management and Penetration Testing. Indeed, the skill of officials was enhanced.
In attendance were top ranking officials, including Commodore Hamza Ibrahim, who represented the Nigerian Navy. He commented that, “Cyber Security is about process, technology and people. The human element must be constantly strengthened and nurtured through continuous training and education. This seminar is therefore an avenue to build capacity and create awareness, which is critical to the improvement of security operations”.
Chief Superintendent of Police, Aminudeen Muhammad concurred with the importance of keeping abreast with the latest technological advancement. He applauded Global Accelerex for coming up with this initiative, saying it would increase efficiency and improve resilience to online threats.
The seminar format comprised of presentations, live demo, interactive sessions and an assessment exercise. Participants also proffered methods of reinforcing Security Defence Architecture to prevent attacks from happening.
Executive Director, Business Development and COO of Global Accelerex, Kayode Ariyo expressed appreciation to the Office of the National Security Adviser and all the security agencies for their selfless service, and reiterated the company’s commitment to support programmes that will make the cyber space safe. He added that, by investing in people, our security apparatus will be stronger and stay ahead of cyber criminals. “We are confident that this forum will help to further improve the strategies employed in the course of duty and make the cyberspace safer for all.”
While emphasising the importance of the public and private sector jointly engaging in the fight against cyber criminals, Stanley Ugochukwu Peters, Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Global Accelerex, stated that, “Cyber security is critical. We must all come together to support the effort of the government in ensuring the safety of our cyber space. We decided to compliment the endeavour by organising this seminar. The feedback from delegates have been positive and I believe we have made a significant impact”.
Awogbemi Olanrewaju of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission disclosed that the knowledge gained from the forum cannot be quantified. He thanked the organisers for hosting the event just as he acknowledged that the course content has broadened the horizon in identifying cybersecurity breaches and combating insider threats.”
Participants agreed to consolidate their efforts to achieve a synergistic effect in the bid to maintain a safe cyber space even as they were unanimous in their opinion that the positive experience of participation will linger for a long time to come.