Written by Godfrey AKON

Ministry launches virtual class on cyber security

Worried by the inherent dangers in the use of cyberspace, the Ministry of Education has launched a virtual class for training of its staff on cyber security.

Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the class became necessary as government appreciates both the potentials of information and communication technology, ICT, in sustaining the nation’s development and its inherent dangers.

Nwajiuba, who stated this at the launch of a 3-day training on cyber security organised in collaboration with Cisco Networking Academy in Abuja, said the exercise was aimed at meeting the ministry’s objective of aligning with the dynamics of the 21st century teaching, learning and administration.

A statement by the Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, Mr. Ben Goong, said the minister noted that the exercise was also prompted by ministry’s goal of building the capacity of staff with local and internationally recognized certifications in order to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.

He therefore expressed hope that at the end of the training, the staff of the ministry would be equipped with skills that will propel the education sector to its desired level of development.

Nwajiuba applauded Cisco Networking Academy for donating the virtual class and funding the exercise while pledging the commitment of the Ministry to collaborating with it on other aspects of the education sector.

Also speaking, the Director of the Information and Communication Technology Department of the Ministry, Abubakar Isah, disclosed that the training was on the recognition of the need to ensure staff are exposed to the latest trends in the cyber world.

Isah said since cybercriminals are always looking for ways to outsmart their targets, it behoves on government to protect its data by equipping its staff with the latest ICT skills and knowledge in order to avoid prey to the ‘whims and caprices of cyber criminals’

Earlier, the Academy Support Contact of Cisco Networking Academy, Mr. Toyin Olatayo, said the training was part of his organization’s corporate social responsibility, CPR.

Olatayo stressed that with cybercrime on the rise, globally, it is important that the protection of sensitive data and vulnerable personnel is taken seriously.

According to him, research has shown that schools and colleges, in the developed world, have become the targets of cyber criminals.

He also revealed that the trainees will be taught the latest cyber trends, threats and how to stay safe in cyberspace in order to protect personal and organisational data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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