A Cybersecurity expert, Mr Oluwafemi Osho, on Sunday urged the Federal Government to prioritise cybersecurity and invest in real-time monitoring against cyberattacks.
Osho said it was important to ensure the protection of the country’s digital future.
He was reacting to the advisory on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Nigeria’s vital digital infrastructure recently issued by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja.
DDoS attack is a cybercrime in which the attacker floods a serve with internet traffic to prevent users from accessing connected online services and sites.
NITDA in the advisory, warned that a hacking group known for its politically and religiously motivated cyber campaigns particularly using DDoS attack type had been detected.
The advisory also said that the group had a track record of successful attacks in various countries.
The expert, however, said that DDoS attacks on the nation’s vital digital infrastructure underscored the escalating cyber threats faced in today’s digital age.
“Attacks such as DDoS, especially when targeted at a nation’s critical digital infrastructure, pose severe risks to national security, economic stability, and citizens’ daily lives.
“DDoS attacks, by their nature, can disrupt essential services and given the increasing reliance on digital platforms for governance, communication and finance, a temporary service outage can lead to significant losses and chaos.