NPC Reacts To Report Of Hacked Server Ahead Of 2023 Census
The National Population Commission (NPC) has debunked a report of its server being hacked ahead of the 2023 Population and Housing Census scheduled to take place next month.
The NPC on Monday issued an official statement signed by its spokesperson, Dr Isiaka Yahaya, to deny the report which is credited to one of its staff.
The staff allegedly said that the Commission’s server has been hacked leading to the postponement of the Local Government Area (LGA)-level training of the Supervisors and Enumerators for the census.
Yahaya further said that the NPC staff who made the statement is “currently facing disciplinary action for passing such embarrassing misinformation.”
“The attention of the National Population Commission has been drawn to misleading and false information made by an uninformed staff of the Commission and Comptroller of Chanchaga LGA in Niger State, Mr Sanusi Maigida on the hacking of the NPC server, citing this development as the reason for the postponement of the LGA-level training of the Supervisors and Enumerators for the 2023 Population and Housing Census.
“The statement made by Mr Sanusi Maigida is totally false and does not represent the true position of things as regards the Commission’s server and the reason for the postponement of LGA-level training of the functionaries.
As a staff in the LGA Office of the NPC, Mr Maigida has limited knowledge about the NPC server or its workability.
“He acted without directive and authorisation from the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja and currently facing disciplinary action for such embarrassing misinformation.
“For record purposes, the Commission wishes to state that its server is solidly intact and ready to be deployed for the upcoming 2023 Population and Housing Census exercise,” Yahaya said.
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He also said that as part of measures to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of data for the 2023 Census, the NPC has implemented comprehensive security measures to safeguard its servers, applications and IT infrastructure.
We deployed state-of-the-art technologies and industry best practices to protect our systems from potential security threats.
“These security measures include robust firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, regular security audits, encryption protocols, and multi-factor authentication for privileged accounts.
“We have also implemented strict access controls and user privileges and conducted continuous monitoring of our systems to detect and mitigate any potential vulnerabilities or incidents in real-time.
“Accordingly, we wish to assure the public that the security of the data for the 2023 Population and Housing Census is absolutely guaranteed.”
Yahaya also assured that the NPC is fully “committed to upholding the highest standards of data protection and maintaining the trust placed in the commission by Nigerians.”