Ishaq Oloyede, registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has charged the federal government to tackle the menace of cyber-attacks in the education sector.

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According to NAN, the registrar spoke on Wednesday at a workshop on the implementation of Nigeria’s 2021 national cyber-security strategy organised by the office of the national security adviser (ONSA) in Abuja.

The JAMB boss said that the education sector in Nigeria was most vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Oloyede also said that there were a lot of sensitive materials in the education sector that fraudsters were interested in.

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According to him, that is why the education sector must collaborate with the security agencies to fight the threat.

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

The registrar also said JAMB had put in place measures to protect its data against cyber-attacks.

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Oloyede called on all security agencies to synergise in the fight against cyber-crime.

“That is why we think it is time for all of us to realise the danger of not adequately protecting our cyberspace,” he said.

At the workshop, Abubakar Rasheed, executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), said the commission was fully aware of the danger posed by the activities of cyber-criminals.

Rasheed, who was represented by Christopher Mayaki, the deputy executive secretary administration, also said that cybercrime had continued to pose serious threats to educational data as well as other materials.

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According to him, the advent of cyber threats and attacks are issues that had continued to occupy the minds of the academia in the higher education space.



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