Protect your networks against cybercrime- NCC

Nigerian Communications Commission,

The Nigerian Communications Commission has warned operators of the rising incidents of cybercrime in the telecommunications industry and advised them to protect their networks with the appropriative technology solutions.


According to the NCC, the operators must be proactive in mitigating telecoms consumers’ exposure to cybercrime.

The Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Nigerian Communications Commission, Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, stated this at the 110th edition of Consumer Outreach Programme held in Abia State.

Onwuegbuchulam, who was represented by the Head, Information and Reference at the NCC’s Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ismail Adedigba, stated that service providers must join hands with the commission to educate and equip their consumers with all the information needed to stave off cybercrime.

He said, “The NCC has been informing and educating the consumers on the challenges and dangers of cybercrime. So, service providers should also demonstrate measures taken against cybercrime and ensure consumers are aware of the roles they can play to avoid falling victims.”

According to Onwuegbuchulam, cybercrime is a global phenomenon.

She stressed the need for continuous education of consumers by the regulator, the operators and other concerned stakeholders such as consumer advocacy groups.

She called for a deliberate action by the operators to safeguard their networks from being hacked.

Onwuegbuchulam added that the cyberspace covered all the activities of consumers on computing devices including mobile phones, tablets and personal computers.

According to her, these devices are storehouses of sensitive information and financial details, which must be safeguarded by the owners.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abia State, Patrick Edung, who joined other participants at the event, commended the NCC for bringing such an educative and informative forum to Umuahia.

He also urged the telecom consumers to resist the temptation to indulge in cybercrime, avoid falling victim and help the police in fighting cybercriminal activities in the country.

“Cybercrime is punishable by law. So, participants here today are encouraged to alert the police when they suspect people were indulging in cybercrime,” he said.

“In addition, we urge you not to purchase any used mobile device from any individual except you know the previous owner in order to avoid buying stolen items and getting implicated, arrested and convicted for crimes you never committed,” Edung warned the participants.

The forum provided an opportunity for telecoms consumers to interact with the regulator and operators’ representatives to address their concerns regarding telecoms service delivery.


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