The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and banks to ensure that their backup/ disaster recovery strategies are in place and up to date. It also urged operators to initiate regular assessment and audit of their cybersecurity readiness.
“The Commission has further advised all operators to ensure continued deployment of effective firewalls, login passwords and antivirus management regime”, NCC’s boss Prof Umar Garuba Danbatta said in a statement.
In a similar development, Nigeria’s National Information Development Agency (NITDA) had advised banks and other private establishments to upgrade their IT systems to forestall any possible attack.
The WannaCry ransomware started taking over users’ files on Friday, demanding $300 (£230) to restore access, according to media reports. According to media reports, over 200,000 computers are said to be affected so far.