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Some ICT experts on Thursday called on government at all levels to initiate policies and measures to ensure proper management of information and data in the country.

The experts gave the advice at an event organised by the Institute of Information Management to mark the Information Management and Literacy Week 2019 in Lagos.

The theme of the event was : “A reformed and renewed society through information Literacy”.

NAN reports that information Management and Literacy Week is expected to provide several opportunities in finding out about a wide range of services that information management offers.

It also seeks to pin-point the vital role which information management services play for research and education.

Speaking at the event, Dr Oyedokun Oyewole, President, Institute of Information Management (IIM), Africa, said that government had a role to play in ensuring that there were enabling laws to enlighten citizens on the need for proper data and information management

Oyewole said that government could educate citizens by organising workshops, seminars and radio shows in form of jingles that would enlighten citizens on dangers involved when data and information were not properly managed.

‘’In America, for example, they have a way of handling information and data and that is because they have standards, procedures, systems and policies which have been put in place to handle such matters.

“Because they have standards and procedures, they only disseminate certain information that will not have national implications.

“Such guidelines and policies are however lacking in the African society,” Oyewole said.

He urged government regulatory agencies and private organisations to implement policies, laws and best practices that would enhance proper management of data and information.

The president also commended the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for recent introduction of data privacy regulations to protect Nigerians and also sensitise them on the need to protect their personal data and information.

Also, Mr Alexander Anago, Executive Director, Numeric Technologies, said that there was need for the government to put in place information protection life cycle strategy to effectively protect, detect, respond and monitor hackers.

“The government needs to provide national gateway for information processing transmission to improve intelligence.

“The government should also implement cross border information security policies, cyber law and information processing policies for proper management of data.

“To effectively manage the data of citizens and the country as a whole the government needs to find a lasting solution to Advanced Persistent Threats.

“Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) is a network attack in which unauthorised persons gain access to a network and stay there undetected for a long period of time.

” The intention of an APT attack is to steal data; so, the government needs to adopt sophisticated techniques for early detection of such attacks before it happens,”Anago said.

He said that besides the government, the citizens also needed to stop putting all there personal information, which includes signatures, pictures of their house, cars, children and other private data on social media platform.

Anago also advised people to desist from using public WiFi as it was the easiest way for hackers to gain access to their personal details.

Dr Isa Pantami, the Director-General of NITDA, who was represented by Mr Seyi Ogunseye, a consultant in the Strategic Operations Department, said that the Agency had been creating awareness on the need for proper management of information and data.

He said that Section 6 of NITDA Act 2007 mandates the agency to create a framework for planning, research, development, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of information technology practices and systems in Nigeria.

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