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August 3, 2020

Nigeria Security Tracker: July 2020

Source: July 1: Thirty people were kidnapped and two vigilantes killed by bandits in Nasarawa, Nasarawa. July 2: Forty members of the terrorist group Boko Haram were killed by the Nigerian Air Force in Gwoza, Borno. An attack in Mobbar, Borno resulted in the deaths of two civilians, three Nigerian soldiers, and seven Boko...
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2020 Business Email Comprise Trends

Business Email Compromise, or BEC, is a type of impersonation fraud in which cybercriminals obtain access to a corporate email account and then attempt to defraud the company or its employees by impersonating authority figures like executives. The attackers manipulate targets to trick employees of the firm into transferring money into their bank accounts or...
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Mitigating Cloud Computing Threats and Vulnerabilities

Cloud computing generally refers to the delivery of computing services over the internet. These services are typically made available on-demand and on a pay-as-you-go basis. Businesses today are increasingly embracing cloud computing to deliver services they require ranging from processing and storage power to applications. Gartner estimates that there would be a US$39 billion in...
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Best Practices for Data Backup and Recovery

Data backup and recovery form an important part of any organization’s disaster recovery plan (DRP) as it helps to ensure that businesses can still operate following a disruptive event. The loss of business data can cause massive damage and disrupt business operations. Global advisory firm Gartner reports that the average cost of downtime to a...
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The Impact of The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019

In January 2019, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) prescribed the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR). This law was established to serve as a guide to organizations on handling and storing information on Nigerians and to spell out the rights Nigerians have with their data.  Before this, the state of data protection in Nigeria...
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Enterprise Content Management, A Catalyst For Higher Productivity

The forced shift to remote work, as result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has greatly strained the limits of traditional content management solutions. Persistent problems of these solutions like data redundancy, data inconsistency, and limited accessibility and sharing capabilities have been emphasized in the work from home era. With the remote workforce requiring access to critical...
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Choosing The Ideal Managed Security Service Provider

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been tremendous. There have been changes to how we work and communicate, the technologies we use, and most especially our cybersecurity plans. Business workflows are now remote and unfortunately, everyone is less secure. For most organizations in Nigeria, remote work is an uncharted terrain and as such a...
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Network Security, An Imperative In The New Work Normal

Owing to COVID-19 pandemic, the new normal for many businesses see an increased dependency on mobile devices and remote work technologies. This increases the cybersecurity risks of organizations as any device connected to the organization’s network or technology utilized in achieving business workflow remotely increase the attack surface for cybercriminals. With recent trends indicating that...
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2020 Twitter Hack: What Happened? Are There Lessons Learned?

Social media giant Twitter suffered the biggest cyberattack in its history on July 15, 2020. One hundred and thirty twitter accounts were targeted in the attack with the cybercriminals gaining control of a total of forty-five high profile accounts. Some of the affected accounts belonged to Bill Gates, Barrack Obama, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Joe...
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