Concise News reports that according to Aweda, who is also cyber Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, millions of Internet users’ Information have been stolen by unscrupulous elements.
Aweda was speaking at a Scholars/Awards Day organised by the distinguished Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI), a non-governmental organisation.
Speaking on ‘Digital Transformation trends in education’, the information and technology expert says the users’ information stolen within the past few years had negatively affected many nations’ economies.
He states that the cost of global crime rate will reach $6 trillion by 2021 if nothing is done to the prevalent of the menace.
“The global cost of cybercrime will reach $6 trillion by 2021. According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study, Global Analysis organisations that suffered at least one breach in 2016 lost an average of $4 million,” he says.
The technology specialist adds that cybersecurity breaches are caused by malicious intent by the hackers, saying the cost will rise by 48 per cent with a financial cost of $11.5 billion in 2019.
“Forty-eight per cent of data security breaches are caused by acts of malicious intent. Cybersecurity ventures expect ransomware costs will rise to $11.5 billion in 2019. Cybercrime will cost more than triple the number of unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021,” he says.
On how cybersecurity can be fought and won, Aweda urges “vigilant when browsing websites, flag and report suspicious emails; never click on unfamiliar links or ads, use a VPN whenever possible and ensure websites are safe before entering credentials.”
He enjoins the Nigerian service providers to ensure the 2014 Cybercrime Law is adhered to ensure safer cyberspace for users.
“It is the duty of every service provider to comply with all the provisions of the Act and render assistance howsoever in any inquiry or proceeding in the court of law,” he says.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Alimosho Local government, Jelil Sulaiman, says the local government has been trying to make digitalisation a reality in schools within the council while calling on the state government to ensure that school syllabus is designed to meet global digitisation demand.
“The Lagos state government should move school syllabus towards digitalization of our primary and secondary school syllabus so that their knowledge base will meet the demand of the 21st-century requirement,” he says.
The Director of AEI, Faheed Olajide, says it is a fact that the world has become a global village, hence the need for all to embrace digitisation of the education sector.