Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hacking of Lagos State Website Shows Vulnerability of Government Websites

The recent hacking of the Lagos State Government website by an obscure group seemingly in support of the Shiite group led by Sheikh Zakzaky in Zaria has shown the vulnerability of many websites operated by different governmental agencies.

The tech world in terms of structure is the opposite of the bureaucratic set-up of the public service and all-too-often, government-owned websites are subpar in terms of development.

Therefore, it is important for the federal and state governments in Nigeria to employ more IT experts and encourage them to work creatively.

This will help to reduce the chances of a repeat of such an attack. However, such attacks may be impossible to prevent 100% because hackers are usually more skilled than those trying to block them. However, the more experts you have on your side the better for you.

This is a national security issue and should be treated with all seriousness to prevent any abuse of the information of Nigerians on many government websites.

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