Mr Oluwafemi Osho, a cybersecurity specialist, advised the Federal Government on Sunday to prioritize cybersecurity and spend money on real-time monitoring against cyberattacks.
Osho emphasized the significance of safeguarding the nation's digital future.
He was responding to a recent warning from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja about Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Nigeria's crucial digital infrastructure.
DDoS attacks are online crimes in which the perpetrator overwhelms a server with internet traffic to prohibit people from accessing linked websites and online services.
A hacker gang known for its politically and religiously motivated cyber attacks, mainly using DDoS attack type, has been discovered, the NITDA cautioned in the advisory.
The group had a history of successful attacks in several nations, according to the advice.
However, the expert claimed that DDoS attacks on the country's crucial digital infrastructure highlighted the growing cyber threats faced in the current digital era.
“Attacks such as DDoS, especially when targeted at a nation’s critical digital infrastructure, pose severe risks to national security, economic stability, and citizens’ daily lives.
“DDoS attacks, by their nature, can disrupt essential services and given the increasing reliance on digital platforms for governance, communication and finance, a temporary service outage can lead to significant losses and chaos.