Ade Odutola, an IT expert, says cyber security safeguards are a necessity for public and private institutions in Nigeria to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of corporate resources.
Odutola, Managing Director and CEO of Solvitur Systems, an award-winning IT consulting firm specializing in cybersecurity, IT risk management, privacy and data protection, and cloud computing, explained that all of cybersecurity processes and technology solutions that protect IT assets from malicious attacks.
“A mature cybersecurity posture reduces the risk of data theft, operational disruption or reputational damage to the business. In an era of increasing cyber warfare, cyber terrorism and hacktivism, cyber security safeguards are becoming increasingly necessary for public and private institutions in Nigeria,” said Odutola, whose firm is currently working with one of the largest public sector institutions in the country.
He cautioned, however, that companies should not wait until they are victims of a data breach to take steps to strengthen their security.
While noting that no system is completely secure against cyberattacks, Odutola, whose IT company is based in the United States, advised public and private institutions in Nigeria to cultivate cyber resilience.
It is, according to him, “the ability to withstand a cyber-attack without significant impact on business operations”.
“Companies shouldn’t wait until they are victims of a data breach to take steps to strengthen their security. Good cyber hygiene measures should be “integrated” into all processes and solutions from the start, they must not be an addition.
Speaking about the dangers of a hack, the IT guru whose company was shortlisted by US-based Morgan Stanley Global for its education program said there are a number of risks in the event of a hack and “many of them have disastrous consequences”.
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