AN EVALUATION OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY PROCEDURES IN ASSURING THE INFORMATION SECURITY STANDARDS IN COLLEGES OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIAAbstract:
The study assessed the implementation, enforcement and compliance of Information Communication Technology (ICT) policies in assuring the information security standards in thirteen Colleges of Education who’s their selection was based on geo political zones of Federal Republic of Nigeria. The study employed cross sectional survey design where the population considered was 1,593 and only took a sample of 118 and data was collected using questionnaires, interviews and documentary reviews. The study found that ICT policy implementation and information security mechanisms were still at basic though in most instances where satisfactorily implemented. Further revealed that the changing nature of knowledge and changing capabilities of technology require colleges of education to implement ICT in their teaching roles to enable the high levels of know-how and develop the skills of ICT innovations in colleges of Education. Therefore, it can be concluded that good implementation of ICT policies is a prerequisite for high level performance of information security. The study recommended an in-depth detailed comprehensive implementation of the following ICT policies in order to ensure information security in terms of confidentiality, integrity and availability, access control mechanisms, terms and conditions of ICT usage, backup and recovery mechanism and disaster recovery mechanisms.