Reviewing how the 2023 presidential election fared, the Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed that it recorded 12.9 million cyberattacks during the elections.
Prof Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement where he noted that over 6.9 million attacks were recorded on election day alone.
Pantami, while assuring the public that the threats were contained, commended the agencies charged with protecting the nation’s cyberspace for their efforts in successfully blocking these attacks.
What can we learn?
Cybersecurity attacks, which poses a significant threat to the integrity of the democratic process, is a stark reminder of the need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect against cyber threats.
Threat intelligence also revealed a significant increase in cyber threats in the lead-up to the elections, highlighting the need for constant vigilance and proactive measures to protect against cyber threats by government agencies.
Globally, cybersecurity has become an increasingly important issue, with governments and businesses alike facing the threat of cyberattacks.
A stitch in time…
This incident serves as a reminder of the need for increased investment in cybersecurity measures to protect against potential threats, and to ensure the integrity of democratic processes in Nigeria, and around the world.