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Cybersecurity: Nigeria participates in Asia Pacific cyber drills

Cybersecurity: Nigeria participates in Asia Pacific cyber drills
Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola is the Executive Chairman of Consultancy Support Services (CS2) - an ICT/ Cyber Security, Organization Effectiveness Consultancy firm
Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola. Executive Chairman of Consultancy Support Services (CS2) of Nigeria


The Cyber Drill organized by the Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) while Nigeria’s Consultancy Support Services (CS2) Limited, an Abuja based consultancy firm, coordinated the participation of the organizations. CS2 is also expected to coordinate the OIC-CERT Cyber Drill 2016 which is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2016, according to the Nigerian consultancy.

The APCERT Drill for 2016, with the theme “An Evolving Cyber Threat and Financial Fraud”, reflected on real incidents and problems that exist on the Internet with a contemporary cyber threat with financial motivation that target to defraud individual and financial institutions.

In a media release issued by APCERT Secretariat, Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT/CC), 26 CSIRT teams from 20 economies of the APCERT – Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam – participated in the drill.

The drill included the need to interact both locally and internationally, with CSIRTs/CERTs and victim organisations, for the coordinated suspension of malicious infrastructure, analysis of malicious code, as well as notification and assistance to affected entities.

The eight Nigeria organizations that participated in the drill include the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Communications Commission, Directorate of State Security, Defence Headquarters, Ministry of Communications, Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited and the National Information Technology Development Agency.

APCERT also involved the participation of members from the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT) in the drill with CSIRT teams from six economies of the OIC-CERT participating.

This incident response exercise, which was coordinated across many economies, reflects the collaboration amongst the economies and validates the enhanced communication protocols, technical capabilities and quality of incident responses that APCERT fosters in assuring Internet security and safety. The participating teams activated and tested their incident handling arrangements.

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