Businesses and organisations in Nigeria have been warned about the possibility of cyber attacks as a fallout of the sustained Russia-Ukraine war.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) gave the warning in a statement issued in Abuja.
Head, corporate affairs and external relations, NITDA, Hadiza Umar, said the invasion had increased cyber-attacks on businesses and government organisations, calling for more precautionary measures.
She said organisations should secure and monitor remote desktop protocol, and other risky services and carry out awareness on cyber security best practices to sensitise employees and users of services and also always ensure softwares are updated and carry out regular patches on all systems.
“There is a greater danger for countries doing business in or with these countries’ governments, as well as businesses or countries that apply sanctions or are believed to intervene.
“In this regard, NITDA’s computer emergency readiness and response team (CERRT) is urging all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to take extra security precautions,” Umar said.
“They should harden their cyber defenses and perform due diligence in identifying indicators of malicious activities that could affect their networks, assets, and critical national infrastructure.
“MDAs are advised to carry out checks for possible vulnerabilities on their systems and implement appropriate remediations.”
Umar further urged organisations to sign up for NITDA’s free web protection service, which will provide MDAs’ administrators with detailed information about the vulnerability of their web services.