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ESET set to protect IoT devices against cyber threats

ESET, a cybersecurity software company has assured individuals, businesses and the government of its readiness to offer solutions to protect their Internet of Things (IoT) devices from cyber threats as Nigeria draws closer to the commercial launch of the fifth-generation (5G) technology.

Olufemi Ake, managing director of ESET West Africa, speaking at the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) International Conference held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, disclosed that ESET thrives on securing IoT devices and has earned international accolades for the effectiveness of its solutions.

Speaking on the conference theme: ‘Smart, Secure and Sustainable Nation’, he explained that for a modern nation to be sustainable, the people have to be intentional about adopting smart and secure systems in every sphere which cuts across public and private sectors.

“In other words, we have to make the Internet secure as the bedrock of a smart city. Smart cities and smart homes imply there will be connected devices such as vehicles communicating with each other and humans via the Internet; mobile devices, laptops, and Internet of Things (IoT) communicating without any downtime,” Ake said

According to him, once the Internet is made available, a sustainable smart city is guaranteed.

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AKE said: “Now, how do you make it secured? This is our area of specialization. ESET thrives excellently in securing IoT devices. This is the future. Would you ever imagine being in a situation where your car navigation system is being hacked and you are misdirected to a strange location where negative actions are perpetrated? Of course not! ESET comes in to strengthen security and protection of those devices, which further guarantees a safer smart city.”

On the side of 5G deployment, ESET stated that “we have to be intentional with our approach to solutions deployment. We are so quick to adopt the latest technology which is not a bad idea. However, we seem to be slow in adopting security solutions for these devices (connected technologies). So, if we as a nation are going to adopt 5G which enhances IoT connectivity then we should be mindful of its security aspects. As we adopt conferences like this, we should preach security as the bedrock of the acceptability of these devices.”

The company also disclosed the need for continuous education for people as it remains the key step to ensuring cyber protection.

“Education is very key. Just as we are complaining about the (physical) security situation in the country, the same thing applies to cyberspace. Cyberspace must be secure for the country to reap the benefits of 5G.”

The company explained that 5G, which is just being deployed in Nigeria, has already been deployed in over 1,500 cities across the world, adding that it is not new to ESET as a business that remains futuristic.

“We think about these things before they are launched. For instance, TVR is categorized under IoT. It is very smart and gives the external world access to your home. So, if it is hacked, you have probably given outsiders access to your living room through smart cameras. When that happens, cyber criminals keep monitoring your activities and can socially engineer attacks against you,” ESET said.

“Therefore, we developed solutions that secure your TVs and IoT devices from intruders. You can check this solution out on https://www.eset.com/int/home/smart-tv-security/ to see the array of solutions we have to secure IoT. So, Nigerians should know that the ESET Secure Smart TV solution will prevent access to your TV and home,” Ake stated.

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