National Security, financial documents, oil company, military and classified government Files are be compromised and leaked on a daily basis. Since the wheels of technology can no longer be re-invented, all that any nations need do is secure its cyber space.
Nigeria is going online in almost everything I.e cashless transactions, online traffic management systems, airport systems etc, most countries in the world are empowering their hackers to “steal”industrial, military, oil companies, government, and financial secrets of nations” copy it, and launch.
Well, a lot has since happened globally in the cyber-attack realm, as hundreds of corporations in the industrialized West have fallen victim of the activities of hackers, with accusing fingers repeatedly pointing towards China. Sensitive military-industrial organizations like America’s NASA, and Israel’s Shin Both have fallen victim, and given the financial outlay on security procedures in these organizations, then no one is really safe anymore from cyber attacks of any kind.
Even media organizations like New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post had disclosed that their corporate computer networks had been penetrated by Chinese hackers, who were apparently trying to monitor US coverage of Chinese issues.
Earlier this month, US National Security Adviser, Mr Tom Donilon warned China to rein in its secret army of cyber warriors based in Shanghai, China which is the headquarters of hackers working for the Chinese military.
In all of these, there are serious omens ahead, especially for countries like Nigeria still grappling with “pedestrian” issues like roads, water, reliable power supply, and other infrastructural problems. Really, it would be in our interest to be more futuristic as we grapple with these problems, leaving our cyber space open for any tom, dick and harry, to walk in. Not because we Nigerians as a nation haven’t truly experience cyber terrorisms, that why FGN is docile to the fact that NIGRRIAN CYBER SPACE is un protected. In our collective interest we need to reach back into selves as Nigerians and seek out modals of defending ourselves against the evil days which is gradually creeping in, so we prevent another terrorist menace, more over this is cyber space we are talking about, where cyber bombs like EMP’s (electronic magnetic pulse bomb) exist, that has the capacity to cause terrible damages frying every electronic chip from the largest to the smallest cell phone sending Nigeria to the stone age.
imagine that every electronic device in
Nigeria is suddenly fried. For the most part, people have electronics to make their lives easier; a cell phone is easier than a land line, a computer is easier than looking through a book, The truth is that if terrorists detonated an electromagnetic pulse bomb 300 miles above Nigeria, it could fry every electronic in the country.
The wave spreads and destroys all electronic
circuitry so everything electronic would be crippled and no longer be useful. The pulse of energy from this weapon creates a large magnetic field that is devastating to electronics but is considered non-lethal to humans, having a damaging effect to the country imagine someone detonate a nuclear bomb in cyber space.
In the last five years and more global leaders have b een talking of Africa as the “next”continent where great things will happen, economically speaking, and we applaud, thinking that we are the ones making the progress they speak of.
Well, my take is that our continent is seen as the last frontier to be breached, and unless we rise up in knowledge, Africa and her peoples will suffer a fresh, new wave of colonialism, a kind that this planet is yet to see. Mark my words; the apartheid case in South Africa was a test run of how things might look in the future in the re-colonised Africa.
I advice the Nigerian Government should treat this as a matter of urgency and begin to train our younger Nigerians in ICT know-how, especially software design and engineering who in turn serve our Nation as Cyber police. Yes, they will be taught in English, but our safety net will be to design software solutions in indigenous languages for various sectors like traffic control systems, financial systems, oil and gas, education, military-industrial, and others.
The present situation whereby many of our languages are no longer taught in our schools is simply unacceptable, and anti-national security.
Imagine if the software superintending our national air defences were written in any of our 387 languages, a hacker coming at us would have to learn all of the 387 orthographies, and he’d be as old as Methuselah by the time he finishes cracking the codes, and we’d have moved on! Our salvation is in our hands, in our culture.
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