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Inspector General of Police Issues Warning to Banks and Business Owners Regarding Impending Database Attacks by Hackers

by KINGSLEY OYEMA

The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has issued a stark warning to financial institutions and business owners in Nigeria, urging them to fortify their databases against potential cyberattacks. Expressing deep concerns over the escalating complexity of cyber threats, the police boss emphasized the need for proactive measures to protect assets from criminals.

At a retreat held in Abuja, the IGP, represented by Chief Superintendent of Police, Bashir Abdullahi, who also serves as the Assistant Director of Forensics at the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Center, provided crucial safety guidelines to combat cybercrime and fraud in the financial sector.

Egbetokun’s statement highlighted the profound impact of technology on the financial landscape, noting that while digitalization has streamlined processes, it has also opened avenues for cyber threats. Abdullahi quoted the IGP, stating, “As technology transforms the financial landscape, it introduces unprecedented opportunities and challenges. The digitalization of financial transactions has streamlined processes but also opened avenues for cyber threats. Cyberattacks are evolving in complexity and frequency.”

The IGP compiled a comprehensive list of cyber threats, including phishing attacks, ransomware, DDOS attacks, and insider threats. He offered guidance to stakeholders, emphasizing the importance of understanding adversaries and implementing robust security measures.

Egbetokun emphasized the critical role employees play as the first line of defense against cyber threats. He recommended implementing training programs to educate staff on threats, best practices, and the identification and reporting of suspicious emails.

Financial institutions, subject to various regulations and standards such as the Nigeria Data Protection Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, were reminded of the necessity to implement specific security controls to protect information assets. The IGP warned of significant financial penalties, legal liabilities, and reputational risks for non-compliance.

Egbetokun underscored the importance of a comprehensive and proactive approach to safeguarding the financial sector against cybercrime and fraud. He called for prioritized employee education, technological fortification, customer awareness, and collaboration to build a resilient defense against the ever-evolving landscape of digital threats. Continuous adaptation to emerging risks and adherence to best practices were deemed crucial for maintaining the integrity and security of financial operations.

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