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Education vulnerable to cyber-attacks-NSA, JAMB

He said the sector had become the target of cyber-attacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic i...

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, says the digital transformation has made the academia and education sector a lucrative target for cybercriminals.

He said the sector had become the target of cyber-attacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when most transactions went virtual.

Also, the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Ishaq Oloyede, said education sector is vulnerable to cyber-attacks, calling on government to act fast in taming the menace.

They spoke in Abuja Thursday at a two-day multi-stakeholders’ sensitisation workshop, on the Implementation of Nigeria’s National Cybersecurity Strategy 2021, organised by Office of the NSA.

The NSA, represented by Director, Policy and Strategy, ONSA, Amb. Amonu Lawal, attributed the situation to possible huge financial gains.

Oloyede said: “The education sector is based on critical data and with this critical data, we cannot afford to expose them to malicious or opportunistic attackers”.

He said the JAMB had put in place several measures to protect its data against cyber-attacks.