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NITDA Admonishes Nigerians on COVID-19 Impact Mitigation Strategy

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) joins the rest of the world to mark World Backup Day set aside for every March 31st, with the view to reminding users of computing devices of the potential consequences of stolen, lost or failed device. NITDA has admonished Nigerians of the importance to always observe safety measures in order to safeguard their data. World Backup Day is also a day used for creating awareness on the importance of protecting computing assets by regularly backing-up data.

Making a regular backup is one way to minimize the damage that can be caused by malware that encrypts your data. Having a clean data backup means you can restore most of your data from a non-infected backup whenever the need arises. NITDA therefore encourages organizations and the general public to make and safely store backup copies of all valuable data, whether from personal computers, servers, storage devices or personal electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Furthermore, as we intensify our efforts of diversifying the Nigerian economy from resource-based to knowledge-based, it is imperative that we are mindful of the amount of data generated on a daily basis as well as its implication in the digital economy. A World Economic Forum study revealed that on a daily basis, 500 million tweets are sent, 294 billion emails are sent, 4 petabytes of data are created on Facebook, 65 billion messages are sent on WhatsApp, and about 3.5 billion searches are made on Google. Furthermore, the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for people to work from home means that more data will be generated and may not necessarily be backed-up appropriately. Therefore, as we strive towards the realization of Digital Nigeria in these challenging times, the importance of creating a culture of regular data backup among Nigerians cannot be overemphasized.

Data backup is keeping a clean copy of any important digital content aimed at guaranteeing service availability even when a computer crashes, cell phones or tablets are lost, data becomes corrupted or a virus destroys data. Data backup is a mission-critical process that NITDA enjoins all to adopt, either as individuals or organizations.

As we celebrate World Backup Day, we call on all Nigerians to embrace the culture of regularly backing up their data. The following basic guides are recommended:

ensure that you backup your data frequently and at regular intervals;
consider using remote storage for your backups;
ensure that the files containing your data backups are encrypted and protected; and
use multiple methods and multiple media for your data backup