The Internet is a necessity in our daily lives. We use it in business and education, for learning and entertainment, and to interact with one another. However, the Internet poses some risks to children. According to recent cybersecurity research, 27% of Millennials and 34% of Generation Zs have lost money or data because of risky cyber activity like phishing, yet many of them neglect to report the occurrences or seek cybersecurity training. The report further stated that students in this group have become prime targets for cybercriminals because they use the internet frequently. Hence, there is a need for continuous cybersecurity education among youngsters to position them to always outsmart the rogues.
Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform focused on increasing internet safeguarding for Nigerian youngsters, Mitiget engages and creates cybersecurity awareness in secondary schools. This mostly takes place annually during Cybersecurity Awareness Month – October. The 2023 edition seeks to increase cybersecurity awareness and strengthen the country’s resilience to cyber risks. On October 13, 2023, the summit took place at Acehall School in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria where students at all levels participated.
During the summit, students, teachers, and school management received awareness of the evolving cyber threat landscape, addressing concerns such as cyberbullying, Internet fraud, identity theft, and online persuasion risks. The primary emphasis was on promoting responsible internet usage through ethical online behavior, including respecting privacy and practicing kindness in online interactions, as well as teaching students how to create unique and robust passwords. Those in attendance actively participated, providing interactions and examples. Additionally, students were encouraged to become advocates for cybersecurity, spreading awareness to create a safer online environment within their schools, homes, and communities.
The school’s principal, Mrs. Precious Ogunbunmi, commended the Mitiget team and leadership for its commitment to cybersecurity awareness and expressed her long-standing desire for a partnership to periodically come and train students and other stakeholders in this regard complimenting the basic efforts of the school IT unit. She emphasized, “It is important to understand cyber risks and adopt best practices to mitigate them.”
During the cybersecurity awareness segment, Mr. Sunny Ukeachu, the CEO of Mitiget, shared insights into essential aspects of cybersecurity. He also emphasized the critical role of raising awareness about cyber threats and arming individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to safeguard their online presence. Mr. Ukeachu underscored the everyday relevance of cybersecurity in students’ lives and the significance of staying informed and vigilant.
Mitiget’s commitment to cybersecurity awareness remains unwavering, and this program at Acehall School is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to empower the youth and promote online safety.