Nigeria has been ranked number eight in internet usage by Kaspersky Lab experts.
The survey was carried out by the Company’s 43 top security experts, located all over the world.
This was contained in a statement by the Senior Security Researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab, Dirk Kollberg, who added that 2016 will witness significant evolution in cyberespionage tradecraft.
The statement reads: “Nigeria ranks number 8 for Internet Users by country, it is the highest number among all African countries.
“It is obvious that in this region we will see many attacks on users aimed at getting their financial and personal data on mobiles and PCs.
“Ransomware will also likely rise in this region in 2016. Also there are more and more companies choosing to keep their data in the cloud due to the reduced costs and the grown Internet speed, so the opportunity for malware writers to steal company data has become a much bigger risk than a few years ago.”
Kaspersky Lab’s experts anticipate that in 2016 more newcomers will enter the APT space. Cyber-mercenaries will grow in number as more parties seek to gain from online attacks.
Cybercriminals are constantly looking for new ways to make their victims pay. Therefore, alternative payment systems such as ApplePay and AndroidPay, as well as stock exchanges are expected to become growing targets for financial cyber-attacks.
Kaspersky experts also advised companies prone to cyberattacks and willing to minimise future risks to consider creating a dedicated Security Operations Center, adding that the companies should educate their staff about cybersecurity, implement multi-layered Endpoint protection with extra proactive layers and protect all elements of infrastructure, patch vulnerabilities, mind everything that is mobile and implement encryption for communication and sensitive data.