MTN Nigeria said it held a cybersecurity awareness event for small and medium-scale business owners.
According to the firm, the event themed ‘Building a cybersecurity intelligent quotient’ was aimed at helping SMEs navigate frequent cyberattacks on businesses. It stated that figures from Kaspersky revealed that cyberattacks on SMEs increased by 89 per cent in 2022.
In a statement, the Co-Founder of DigitalEncode, Dr Peter Adewale, said, “There is no better time to talk about cybersecurity than now because we live in a digital world, and the reality is that COVID-19 has accelerated the usage of technology for everyone.
“Events like these are necessary because we need to create situational awareness about the risks of cyberattacks. It is important to build capacity and train people because people are an essential part of cybersecurity, and you can’t go wrong when you train people.”
The Senior Manager, Information Security, MTN Nigeria, Anietie Jude, added, “We are delighted to be hosting this event because we want to improve the safety of Nigerian lives and businesses, cyber security is everyone’s business and we need to ensure everyone is cybersmart.”
The Associate Director, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Resilience, PwC, Nkiruka Aimienoho, stated, “It is important that SMEs start to take cybersecurity seriously; they must imbibe this culture because cyber-attacks can happen to anyone. Events like this are important because they raise awareness and remind people that they must be cyber-aware.”
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