The 2014 Nigerian
Cyber Threat
Barometer Report


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The Nigerian Cyber Threat Barometer

The digital domain has become an integral part of our lives and information and communications technology has proven to be a vital factor in productivity growth and innovation.

Safeguarding digital security and freedom and maintaining an open and innovative digital domain are preconditions for the proper functioning of any society and Africa today probably has one of the biggest gaps to close in solving these challenges. Large and small enterprises, governments, as well as private internet users are increasingly facing threats in cyberspace.

The objective of cyber security is to reduce cyber risks, minimise the impact of attacks, build trust and secure the internet. Cyber security includes the application of information security standards, the definition of appropriate stakeholder organisations and the education of all internet users.

Cyber security is however becoming so complicated that you could argue that complexity is one of our biggest security challenges. The evolving trends of mobility, social media, cloud computing and advanced targeted attacks are driving this complexity. Increasingly well-funded organisations, organised crime syndicates and elite hacktivist groups are behind many of the high profile incidents we have all witnessed in the news recently.

How do we better manage our response to the cyber threat? Collaboration is key. In this regard we are grateful to the British High Commission in Nigeria for their support in launching the 2014 Nigerian Cyber Threat Barometer. We are thankful for the input and endorsements obtained from a substantial number of public and private organisations in Nigeria, as well as the professional research and analysis conducted by indigenous specialised firm, Digital Jewels.

We are confident that the collective wisdom garnered from all participating stakeholders will provide invaluable guidance to drive initiatives aimed at safeguarding the digital security of the Nigerian people. We have certainly seen the benefits from a similar collaborative report published in South Africa in 2013.