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AuGF at ICAN
Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine (3rd from right), Dir. Extra-Ministerial Audit Department, Mr. Olurotimi Dada (1st from right), former AuGF, Mr. Samuel T. Ukura (2nd from left) with others  at the investiture ceremony of Mallam Isma'ila Muhammadu Zakari (3rd from left) as the 53rd president of ICAN
AuGF at ICAN
AuGF at ICAN
Auditors-General of AFROSAI-E
Auditors-General of all English speaking African countries at the 14th AFROSAI-E Governing Board Meeting at Nairobi Kenya
Auditors-General of AFROSAI-E
Auditors-General of AFROSAI-E
AuGF during breakout session
Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine and some other English speaking African Auditors-General during a breakout session a the 14th AFROSAI-E Governing Board Meeting in Nairobi Kenya
AuGF during breakout session
AuGF during breakout session
AuGF and team ELDP
Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine (4th from right) with the Executive Leadership Development Programme (ELDP) Team at the 14th AFROSAI-E Governing Board Meeting in Nairobi Kenya
AuGF and team ELDP
AuGF and team ELDP
AuGF visits Nigeria High Commissioner in Kenya
Auditor-General for the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine (4th from left), Ag. High Commissioner, Mr. Friday O. Okai (Right of AuGF), Director of Audit (Treasury Department), Mr. Ismail Ajao Adeleye (3rd from right), Special Adviser to AuGF, Mr. Abbey Emmanuel (2nd left) and members of Nigeria High Commission in Nairobi Kenya 
AuGF visits Nigeria High Commissioner in Kenya
AuGF visits Nigeria High Commissioner in Kenya
World Bank Governance team visits AuGF
Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony M. Ayine (frt row, 5th left), Director Governance, World Bank, Dr. Ed Olowo-Okere (nxt to AuGF) with officials of OAuGF and World Bank on Thursday 4th May 2017 during a visit by the Regional Director of WB to Audit House
World Bank Governance team visits AuGF
World Bank Governance team visits AuGF
Some OAuGF Directors during WB visit to Audit House
L-R: Dir. Programme & Performance Audit Department, Mr. S.C. Nwagboh, Dir. Revenue Audit Department, Mr. Bitrus B. Nabasu, Head of Emerging Issues Audit, Mr. O.A. Ogunrombi, Dir. FCT Admin & Area Councils Department, Mr. T.O. Olatunde and Dir. Education & Research Institution Audit, Mrs. Odusanya Oluremi Patience on Thursday 4th May 2017 during...
Some OAuGF Directors during WB visit to Audit House
Some OAuGF Directors during WB visit to Audit House
World Bank Officials
L-R: Dr. Ed Olowo-Okere (Director Governance, World Bank), Mr. Misham W. (Manager Governance), Ceesay E. (LEAD FMS), Manuel Vargas (LEAD Specialist) on Thursday 4th May 2017 during their visit to Audit House
World Bank Officials
World Bank Officials
AuGF and Dir. Governance, World Bank
Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine (Left) and Director Governance, World Bank, Dr. Ed Olowo-Okere  During the latter's visit to Audit House on Thursday 4th May 2017
AuGF and Dir. Governance, World Bank
AuGF and Dir. Governance, World Bank

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Protocol/Greetings

I would like to thank the Commandant of the National Defence College for inviting me to this very important workshop on a contemporary subject matter, “Cyber Crime: ‘Threats and Counter Measures’”.

Invariably, we are talking about crime on the Internet and how to mitigate against it. Since the conception of the Internet in the 1960s and up to its commercialization in 1990s, it has become a veritable instrument of societal good for effective military defence and the promotion of economic opportunities for citizens.

Being a network of independent networks and as probably the greatest invention of mankind, Internet has enhanced communication, governance, banking, finance, agriculture, health care, commerce among many other sectors. As at today, more than 3.7billion people (54%) are connected globally with Internet economy value in excess of $4.3trillion. In Nigeria with more than 90m people (50%) connected (which is the highest number of people connected to the Internet in Africa), Internet engenders economic value of more than $40billion.

With the advent of Internet of Things, many more things are expected to be connected and the reality of the real world scenarios faces us more glaringly with respect to crime and how to combat it. As we all know crime has been on since the advent of man and addressing it effectively has been a challenge for authorities till date. Gladly, the UN Human Rights Council in its resolution of July 5, 2012 indicated that whatever rights apply offline, apply on-line, so, treatment of crimes online requires equal, if not more aggressive counter measures as we see offline.

Some crimes being committed on line include: theft of classified information, identity theft, child pornography, distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack, destruction of communication and military infrastructure through methods such as phishing, spoofing, man-in-the-middle attack, pharming, Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) utilizing malwares, trojans, botnets, social engineering and weak organisational awareness and cybersecurity governance framework. Many countries, organizations and individuals around the world are victims of cyber attacks including the US, Estonia, Nigeria, Sony, Yahoo, US National Democratic Congress etc. We experience cyber attacks every day on our Datacentre servers but we have been able to successfully repel those attacks for the past four (4) years.

As I said earlier, just as crime is in our real world, so is it prevalent in the cyber world. As we continue to address it daily in our communities, so must we address same online. As there is no 100% crime free society, so is it that the Internet cannot be 100% free of crime but we can do a good job countering the threat it poses to our networks and by extension our security and lives.

My advice with respect to counter measures is to ensure that each organisation has a cybersecurity strategy and policy that determines what it should do in the event of any emergency. Staff should be fully aware of the wimps of social engineering and phishing attacks that make highly respected organisations loose reputation. Passwords policy should be strong and subject to change regularly. Servers should be hardened with firewalls and configured to provide maximum safeguard against rogue Internet Protocol (IP) identifiers. Systems should be updated regularly with the latest Internet security firewalls. And very importantly, systems should be audited periodically to ensure that controls are in place and that they are working as expected.

The Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation takes the issue of IT Audit seriously hence the creation of a new department, the Emerging Issue Audit Department in the Office to address this. In that direction, we carried out a few pilot IT Audit of certain Agencies of government and the result of the exercise was that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) (especially security agencies) need to do more to secure their systems and mitigate the threats of cyber crimes. We believe effective local and foreign partnership is very important in combating cyber crime, hence my recommendation for the Law enforcement and defence Agencies to be active in governance of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and in the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development looking at how government can evolve collaborative policy frameworks that would mitigate cyber crime.

I’ve no doubt that this 2-day workshop will provoke thoughts and provide practical ideas on how to effectively address the threat posed by cyber crime to our people, infrastructure, critical assets and to our economy.

I wish you successful deliberations.