By SAMSON AKINTARO
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has joined the rest of the world to raise awareness on the need to be extra vigilant on the internet. The Commission, which is a partner to the US Department of Homeland Security’s ‘STOP.THINK.CONNECT.’, Cyber Awareness Coalition, said the awareness campaign is in line with its unwavering commitment to consumer protection.
Globally, the month of October has been declared Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), thus, the MCC said it would, in the course of the month, be raising both the tempo and sophistication of the campaign on cyber security.
“Accordingly, the interests and thematic focus of these campaign is to educate the general public on the simple steps to online safety; to make people to understand that cyber security in the workplace is everyone’s business; to let everyone to be mindful that today’s predictions is for tomorrow’s Internet; we also intend to pass the message – ‘The Internet Wants You: Consider a career in Cyber Security’; and finally to appeal to all of us to be committed to protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats” NCC said .
The Commission added that it would through its website as well as social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn, share tips and resources, including videos, on these themes throughout the month of October.
“NCSAM is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to equip the Nigerian public with the tools and resources they need to stay safe. The Commission believes strongly in this mission. During NCSAM, we urge every Nigerian to take steps to create a safer Internet – even small actions can make a huge difference in defending from cyber threats.”
Some of the tips to internet users, according to the Commission, include setting strong passwords; making thepasswords long and comple and changing them regularly. “Secure your most sensitive accounts; when it is available, use multi-factor authentication to keep your accounts more secure; treat personal information like money; information about you, such as your purchase history and location, has value, so be cautious about how your information is collected by apps and websites; regularly update the software on your Internet-connected devices, including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, to reduce the risk of infection from malware” the NCC advised.