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International Journal of Advanced Engineering, Management and Science

Network Security and Privacy in Medium Scale Businesses in Nigeria

( Vol-2,Issue-9,September 2016 )

Author(s): Modesta .E. Ezema , Ifeyinwa .N. NwosuArize

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Page No: 1484-1488
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Network security, privacy, wireless network, data privacy, businesses.


Network security consists of the provisions and policies adopted by a network administrator to prevent and monitor unauthorized access, misuse, modification, or denial of a computer network and network-accessible resources. This study investigates a general framework for assessing the security and privacy of current networks. We ask a more general question: what security and privacy mechanisms are available to the medium sized businesses in Nigeria and to what extent have they utilized these mechanisms for the safety of organizational data. The study made use of both primary and secondary data sources. The primary source was a questionnaire administered to a total of 105 medium scale businesses in some of states i, Nigeria. The result showed that medium scale businesses in Nigeria store electronic data to a very high extent but lack the adequate hardware/software to prevent unauthorized access to electronically stored data. However, many of these companies do not have official policy as regards customer data privacy. In cases where they exist, customers are not aware of such policies. This study therefore recommends that government and regulatory bodies should give serious attention to network security and privacy of medium scale businesses in Nigeria. Network security standards should be set for any organization setting up or providing a wireless network. Government should also review existing data privacy laws and ensure that customers are aware of such laws before engaging in any transaction that involves giving aware their personal data to the third party.

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