Professor Rasheed has also put forward the concept of implementing fingerprint authentication across all educational processes within the university system, aiming to thwart cases of impersonation and bolster campus safety.
Highlighting the feasibility of this approach, he suggested that students’ biometric data could be seamlessly collected from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
These proposals were articulated during Professor Rasheed’s 239th inaugural lecture, entitled “Deconstructing The Crawling Mindsets: Combatting Security Challenges of Net-Centric Computing,” delivered at the University of Ilorin’s main campus. In his address, he sounded a clarion call for a proactive approach to technology integration, emphasizing that the country cannot afford to lag behind its global counterparts in the digital realm.
Professor Rasheed cautioned, “We must grasp the reality that the integration of ICT within a Net-Centric computing environment is inevitable. Opting to crawl in the digital age, while the world races forward, is not a viable choice.”
Hailing from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Ilorin, Professor Rasheed urged the adoption of robust cybersecurity practices, including ethical information security management and cutting-edge cybersecurity techniques. These measures, he posited, would pave the way for reliable authentication, secure information sharing, risk mitigation, and safeguarded cyber activities.
Furthermore, he pressed for the implementation of sophisticated authentication methods to fortify both card-based and cardless financial transactions, thereby thwarting the surge of financial fraud.
Professor Rasheed’s recommendations extended to advocating for increased funding from the government to promote awareness about cultural adaptation to the digital era. He specifically emphasized the significance of promoting the use of indigenous Nigerian languages to bridge the digital divide.
In conclusion, the academic luminary underscored the importance of organizations recruiting skilled professionals in the fields of information and cybersecurity. He underscored the necessity of ongoing training and retraining to stay attuned to the dynamic nature of the discipline.
As Nigeria grapples with the challenges of an evolving digital landscape, Professor Rasheed Gbenga Jimoh’s proposals offer a promising roadmap to fortify cybersecurity and ensure the nation’s digital progress.