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Cyber-Attack as a Menace to Effective Governance in Nigeria

Fayomi, Oluyemi Oyenike and Ndubisi, Oly Nelson and Ayo, C. K. and Chidozie, Felix and Ajayi, Lady A. and Okorie, Uchechukwu Emenas (2015) Cyber-Attack as a Menace to Effective Governance in Nigeria. In: 15th European Conference on eGovernment, 18 – 19 June 2015, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

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Cyber-attack is an attempt by hackers to damage or destroy a computer network or system for purposes of mischief, fraud, and/or hedonism. To say that the incidences of cyber-attack are increasing rapidly in Nigeria is not only an understatement but also a cliché. From the organized private sector to public service, hackers have not spared any entity. More recently, governments in both developed and developing countries have had to deal with this menace on a frequent basis. The government of Nigeria is not an exception the thorn in the flesh. Indeed some government officials have blamed ineffective governance on the menace of cyber-attack, thereby creating the impetus for this research. The study therefore investigates the incidences of cyberattack in Nigeria and its impact on democratic governance. The study was based on descriptive and explorative research design. This involves the use of research instrument administered to retrieve vital information from the target audience. The information gathered were coded into scale variables that support empirical investigation of the subject matter. In this study a total of 150 questionnaires from which a total of 126 were retrieved and used for the analysis. The data analysis utilized frequency distribution involving percentage and factor analysis. This method is frequently used in the Social Sciences research. Both factor analysis and relational analysis were applied. Factor analysis establishes the most prominent factor responsible for cyberattacks motivation while the relational analysis was further utilized in examining the determined effect of incidence and nature of cyber-attacks on the assessment of the effectiveness governance in Nigeria. The evidence from the study provides significant result in support of a significant influence of cyber-attack menace on the perception of governance. Analysis of the motivating factors suggests that financial benefits and wide spread dissemination of the virus accounted for most factor responsible for the attacks. The study therefore recommends that government and law enforcement agencies should strategise on means of providing a more comprehensive data base to facilitate effective investigation and further research in this area.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cyber attack, Governance, e-Governance, Factor analysis, Nigeria
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 09:29
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 09:29

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