NITDA Raises Alarm Over Plots To Rig 2019 Elections
Voters queuing up. Image: Ventures Africa

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has raised the alarm that terrorists may disrupt the 2019 general election.

NITDA Director General Isa Pantami raised the alarm on Monday in Abuja during the 10th annual conference of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

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According to Patani, the polls might be rigged if enough information technology security measures were not put in place.

He said, “If proper IT security measures are not put in place, terrorists may disrupt the national elections by hacking into the INEC voter register database; they can disrupt the banking system by hacking into and taking over the Bank Verification Number (BVN) platform.

“They can critically disrupt the national economy by cyber-jacking the Treasury Single Account (TSA) software, and so on.”

However, he revealed that the “NITDA is developing a Nigerian Government Enterprise Architecture and a critical part of it was dedicated to the security of Information Technology systems.

“This section specifies what security measures should be in place while deploying IT systems in Public Institutions.”