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Experts call for constant sensitisation on Cyber threats

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Some Cyber security  experts on Tuesday called for constant awareness  and sensitisation of  persons and organisations on diverse cyber threats. to help protect data.

Data is information, facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis.

The experts made the call at an awareness session organised by Infodata  Professional Services in collaboration  with Forcepoint,  in Lagos.

The theme was: “Data and Human Factor”

Mr Mohammed  Eishenawy, Senior Manager, Sales Engineering, Forcepoint, said that creating awareness  from time to time  bout the new technologies and the basic protection from Internet risk was very important.

Spraking with our correspondent of Nigeria  in Lagos on the sideline of the event, Eishenawy said: “today’s  awareness  was  for professionals that need to protect  people’s data.

“It was to talk about  new things happening  in Cyber security because  as consumers  of technology, we have started to adopt new things.”

According  to him, many of the “new things” are taking people’s  data to the Internet and in order to secure it, heavy investment is required.

‘’For people to take credit  they need awareness and that is why  we are here  to talk  about technology  to use in protecting people from getting any data breach or exposure when this data is going into the Internet.

“This event is to create awareness  for the professionals  who are working in the industry. They need to listen to new technologies, new solutions  that can help do the mission of protecting their data.

“However,  it is our responsibility  to be careful  of how we are dealing with this technology. So, creating awareness  from time to time about this technology and how we can do basic  protection  from the internet  risk  is very important.

According to him, Forcepoint’s focus is dealing with people when they are interacting with their data.

Eishenawy said that Forcepoint put the human in the centre  of its attention to protect their data and their interaction with the Internet.

Also, Eze Isiago, Regional Solution Manager, Sub Sahara Africa, Infodata said: “ We partnered with Forcepoint to sensitise prospects and customers about the growing trend in technology.”

Isiago said that most businesses had migrated to the cloud due high cost of maintenance of server  infrastructure  and as such, having data in the cloud required securing and coordination.

He said that “staying  in the cloud” meant that  data were no longer within the confines of one’s power.

“We want to help the customers  in cloud adoption to secure their data, consolidate them and give it a single view.”

Isiago  said that as much as businesses were excited to go to the cloud, Infodata was saddled with the responsibility to secure their data.

“We are concerned about helping people to work without any issues  and with the barest minimum risk.”

He emphasised the need for organisations to sensitise rheir staff because it gives  insight to know that the cyber world is filled with threats.

Mr Chika Udensi, Regional  Sales Manager, Infodata, said: “As we all know, technology  is evolving and Infodat and Forcepoint have decided to come together to give end users topnotch security  platform, where they can  carry on with their businesses without loosing data  within or outside their organisation.”

Mr Igboa Abumeri, Chief Information  Security  Officer, StanbicIBTC, said that the event was to create awareness  on how to keep safe online and protect the systems  made available  to customers to carry out financial  transactions.

“As an institution,  threats that target our financial institutions  and customers are constantly  monitored.

“Institutions constantly take a look at the potential vulnerable  points that  customers might fall victims to and then be exploited.

“The solution to threat is not a one-off approach, so  constantly looking at multiple  ways that can help to improve the level of confidence of  customers is key ,hence the event organised  by Infodata  in partnership  with Forcepoint,” Abumeri said.

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