Nigerian Navy to boost defense against cyber attacks

By Ologeh Joseph Chibu

The Nigerian Navy is set to boost her capacity against cyber attacks.

Rear Admiral Mohammed Abdullahi DSS PSc PhD gave the hint at the on going Nigerian Navy Third Annual Inter-Command Competition and Cyber Drills at NNS Quorra Beecroft.

The event holds from from July 31st to August 4th 2023.

He siad the goal of the competition is to drill the command and improve cyber security posture.

He said the strategy is aimed at improving military cyber defense capabilities towards thwarting any cyber attack.

“At this nature, it is important to reiterate that the erstwhile DCIT has been upgraded to a full Branch with 4 Directorates which include Directorate of Communications, Directorate of Cyber Security and Forensics, Directorate of Satellite Communications and Directorate of Information Technology,” he said in the address made available to Irohinoodua.

He observed that in recent years, the world has seen a number of high-profile cyber attacks against military organizations, including the NotPetya attack in 2017 that caused significant damage to the Ukrainian military.

“This Inter-command competition is an important opportunity for us to test our personnel in semaphore, flashing, voice communication as well as cyber security defenses and to learn how to respond to a real-world cyber attack. We will be simulating a variety of cyber attacks, including phishing attacks, malware attacks, and denial-of-service attacks. Additionally, there will be inputs from the Nigerian Army Signal Corps in the spirit of jointness. I want to emphasize that this is not a game but a serious exercise that needs to be taken seriously,”he said.

Just as the saying goes “MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES, he said
the development calls for more dedication to duty and commitment to service delivery as a Branch.

“As you all know, to who much is given, much is required. I therefore wish you all, a successful competition. Finally,h thank you ladies and gentlemen for your attention,” he told the audience.

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