By Victor Akaa, Abuja.
The Nigerian Army has trained about 1013 officers and soldiers from Guards Brigades Garrison in handling cyber security related challenges to enable them mitigate the emerging crime rates associated with the cyberspace.
A 3 day workshop which started on Tuesday has ended today in Abuja.
The theme of the workshop is “combating threats and vulnerabilities using cyber security tools” is aimed at equipping the participants to tools in the electronic world that will help them to monitoring, detect, verify information that are detrimental in causing cyber security-related issues in order to developing measures of combating the threats and vulnerability from further occurring.
Speaking on the theme of the workshop, the Director Electronic Warfare, Defence headquarters, Maj.Gen. Garba Abdullahi ,says the challenges of contemporary society training and retraining of personnel was necessary in order to exposed the personnel with the current and emerging threat to contend with.
“In the face of contemporary challenges and its attendant consequences, training and retraining of personnel is required so as to understand and develop appropriate strategies to deal with the evolving challenges”.
According to him, there are different emerging threats of security in the information and communication sphere which if not checked will degenerate into more volatile situation.
“The crimes committed on cyberspace by internet fraudsters is making us more vulnerable by day and hence we need to be aware of the threat so as to contact them before they even manifest.
“Our dependence on technology shows how important it is to us to evaluate the means to keep our cyberspace secure from attacks by criminals and enemies.
This 3 day workshop will put the officers and soldiers in a better perspective on the threats and vulnerabilities encountered in the cyberspace and the counter measures to employ in order to check these threats”. He explained.
The Director Electronic warfare, Defence Headquarters further explained that, the emergence of numerous cyber related security threats had informed the decision of the leadership of the NA to establish a NA Cyber Warfare Command that will put the NA in the forefront of fighting crime both within and outside the country.
He reiterated that the training and retraining of personnel will no doubt equipped them with vast knowledge to be more professional and responsive in discharging their constitutional duties creditably and more efficiently inline with the Chief of Army Staff’s vision.
He therefore enjoined the participants to put into proper use the knowledge gained to curb the cyber related crimes to enhance a crime free society.
In his remarks, the Chief of Staff to the Commandant of the Guards Scorpion Mess Col. Kassin Sidi expressed confidence that the knowledge gained will help develop their career as well as enhanced their performance.
Col. Sidi further urged them to build on the knowledge already gained.
Also speaking, a cyber security analyst, Emmanuel Okoi, opined that cyber security needed to be fought using technology which was why it was pertinent for the military to be equipped with vast knowledge in the skills to mitigate serious emerging systematic attacks which include, banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, internet frauds, amongst others, to creating a better and conducive environment.
Participants were exposed on the threats and vulnerability cyber space, which include digital forensic tools,viruses,network security ,letter to letter flash, amongst others to fight the crime.
At the end of the programme, certificates were given to the participants.