The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has emphasised the need for Nigerians to be security conscious in using the cyberspace.
This formed the focal point of interaction in a workshop on cyber-security sensitisation for cooperative societies, the media and small business owners in North Central states organised by the agency in Lokoja.
In an address of welcome, the Director General, NITDA, Doctor Isah Pantami, represented by the Director, Cyber Security in the Agency, Doctor Wariowei Oshively, said NITDA had been proactive in publishing updates on safe tips for users of online and social media platforms.
He said the aim of the workshop was to keep Nigerians aware of the need to acquire knowledge enough to stay safe in the cyberspace.
The Director General, maintained that the workshop was also geared at addressing knowledge gaps that have heralded individuals falling victims to the tricks of cyber criminals.
In a paper presentation entitled ” Introduction to Cyber crime and cyber security, delivered by a lecturer with the department of cyber security, Federal university of Technology, Minna Abdulazeez Hassan, said the issue of cyber crime has become a serious security problem in the country as there were over one hundred and thirteen million Nigerians online.
He explained that for everyone who surfs the Internet there was the need to be conscious of what they download or browse.
In their separate remarks, kogi state commissioner for commerce, Doctor kehinde Tolorunleke and the North Central coordinator Small and medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, Charity Abah said the importance of cyber security can not be overemphasized In view of the revolution in the cyberspace and the rampant cyber crimes.
The workshop had in attendance representatives from Benue, Nasarawa, kogi, plateau and Kwara states