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COVID-19: Nigeria's Cybersafe Foundation launches Project to Equip Digitally Vulnerable Groups, SMEs

Ola Olaoluwa
Ola Olaoluwa

CyberSafe Foundation, one of Nigeria’s foremost non-governmental organization in the information security domain, has unveiled plans to equip digitally vulnerable groups and 1500 SMEs with the knowledge and skills required to identify, protect, detect, defend and respond to COVID-19 instigated cyber threats, enabling a safe digital community.

CyberSafe Foundation which is on a mission to facilitate pockets of changes that ensure a safer internet for everyone with digital access and resident in Nigeria has secured funding from the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme.

In addition, CyberSafe Foundation has secured support from KnowBe4 Africa, CyberSecurity Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), and other experts to ensure the program tagged ‘Safe Digital Community During COVID-19’ project is achieved.

COVID-19: Cybersafe Foundation unveils project to equip digitally vulnerable groups, SMEs

“This project will provide the much-needed free upskilling training for employees of beneficiary SMEs by cybersecurity experts,” said the Founder/Executive Director, CyberSafe Foundation, Confidence Staveley.

Staveley further disclosed that the volunteer faculty team consists of highly experienced and exceptional cybersecurity leaders based in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Canada, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Cayman Islands and South Africa.

“Beneficiary SMEs will cut across all parts of Nigeria and business sectors, including underserved communities in the Northern part of the country and Healthcare organizations”, she said.

Continuing, she said, “Learning will be delivered online as a combination of bi-weekly live training sessions and self-paced learning materials consumed via our learning management system.

Founder/Executive Director, CyberSafe Foundation, Confidence Staveley.

SMEs will register to be part of the free virtual training which begins 9th October 2020. www.learn.cybersafefoundation.org.

“Individuals are also targeted by cybercriminals with COVID-19 themed attacks like; relief packages scams, impersonation of trusted organizations; resulting in the theft of confidential information and money from unwary victims.

“As we continue to work tirelessly to improve cyber safety in Nigeria, especially for the most vulnerable in our society, this program presents a means to reduce the success rate of cyberattacks by raising mass awareness of COVID-19 themed cyber threats. We will leverage entertainment as a vehicle to propagate safe cyber hygiene best practices to millions of people resident in Nigeria”, she said.

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Ola Olaoluwa

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