Reason cyber hackers pursue financial data of banks

The Managing Director and CEO of Arit of Africa, a leading information communications and technology (ICT) firm in Nigeria, Ronke Okeremi, has given reasons why financial data of banks is the most prone to cyber-attacks in the world.

She noted that financial data is the most attractive and hence financial institutions like banks are more likely to be attacked. She therefore urged business owners to carry out regular vulnerability assessment to determine areas of threat in their database.

Okeremi advised managers of financial and non-financial organisations to improve the levels of cyber security awareness as any organisation can be attacked at any point in time.

While describing cyberattack as any risk of financial loss, disruption or damage to the reputation of an organisation that may arise from some failures of its information technology systems, she said that identity theft has become rampant, as such, she warned financial institutions and banks to be watchful.

“There are solutions that offer early warning threat signals which aims to provide alerts on incoming threats, shutdown and remediate for prevention. These solutions come at a cost to implement but would however prevent firms to a large extent from cyber-attacks.”

She added that one of the importance of information security is to protect the companies’ ability to function, enable the safe operation of applications implemented on the organisation’s IT systems, protect the data that establishments’ collect and use, and to safeguard the technology assets in the organisation.

“Information security is crucial to all organizations as it will protect their information and assist them to adequately conduct their businesses. Information security is defined as the protection of information and the system as well as hardware that use, store and transmit that information.

“It is important for businesses to safeguard sensitive financial information, services and products. This further protects their internal and third-party customers from theft, email-borne viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, malware and phishing attacks”, she advised.