The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has highlighted seven steps that telecom consumers and the general public are advised to follow to avoid the dangerous Lyceum, which is presently considered a politically motivated cyberattack targeting telecom subscribers and the Internet Service Providers.

The seven steps, according to the NCC are:

  1.     Ensure the consistent use of firewalls (software, hardware and cloud firewalls).
  1.     Enable a Web Application Firewall to help detect and prevent attacks coming from web applications by inspecting HTTP traffic.
  1.     Install Up-to-date antivirus programmes to help detect and prevent a wide range of malware, trojans, and viruses, which APT hackers will use to exploit your system.
  1.     Implement the use of Intrusion Prevention Systems that monitors your network.
  1.     Create a secure sandboxing environment that allows you to open and run untrusted programs or codes without risking harm to your operating system.
  1.     Ensure the use of virtual private network (VPN) to prevent an easy opportunity for APT hackers to gain initial access to your company’s network.
  1.     Enable spam and malware protection for your email applications, and educate your employees on how to identify potentially malicious emails.

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