Participants at the just concluded Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) national conference holding in Enugu State at the weekend emphasized on the need for adequate data protection and Information Technology literacy for organizations as major key factors for promoting knowledge-based economy.
With the IT literacy level growing at arithmetic progression across the nation, majority of speakers at the parallel session of the national conference with the theme: ‘Building knowledge based economy in Nigeria: The role of the IT ‘warned on the vulnerability, saying that data has become the currency of a knowledge-based economy, driving innovation and boosting businesses at various levels, and must be protected at all cost.
Apart from data protection and IT literacy, the conference also discussed security issues in a knowledge-based economy, advising individuals and organizations to always protect their data.
Stressing on the need to device new ways of protecting data, speakers at the event noted that time may be running out if Nigeria and the rest of the African nations fail to prepare the way to emerge in the global information society stage.
The President of the NCS, Prof. David Adewumi in his welcome address said that Nigeria stands the risk of missing digital economy if the workforce was not retooled enough to protect sensitive for economic growth.
He said it was time Nigeria shifts from been a consumer of foreign IT products and services, adding that the nation must brace up for the challenges of knowledge economy.
The immediate past President of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, (ISPON) in his remarks during the opening session told the gathering that data as useful information of organizations must be protected otherwise hackers will have their way in.
Uwaje had predicted that the digital colonization issue will one day become the critical heart of the matter in the emerging information society, warning that sooner or later, the entire life, culture and sovereignty of a nation and her citizenry may be unwittingly traded off and taken over by IT-smart foreign nations if date is not protected.
In her presentation, the Manager, Cyber Risk Services Unit of Deloitte Nigeria, Funmilola Odumuboni, during one of the sessions, said: “Nigeria is fast moving to knowledge based economy and there is need to address the security issues around activities on the knowledge-based economy”, she said.