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Cyberoam at Amsterdam Awards MEA Region Partners

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Cyberoam, a leading global provider of network security appliances recently awarded its Middle East and Africa (MEA), region partners for their contribution in marketing, sales and distribution.

MEA is rapidly evolving as a key market for Cyberoam and the company has established a strong presence in the region with its Next Generation Firewalls and UTM appliances.

As a 100 percent partner focused company, Cyberoam invests deeply in the channel and is popular among partners for its free training programs, rebates and incentives.

This year’s meet at Amsterdam was a huge success in terms of execution and partner engagement.

Around 120 partners from MEA region attended this year’s 3 day (20-22 August 2015) meet.

Cyberoam’s annual meets are known for their fervor, entertaining sessions, big announcements and annual awards.

Every year, partners are awarded for their outstanding achievements in sales while the company discusses the roadmap ahead. 

Expressing excitement over this year’s event Harish Chib, Sr. VP New Business Development, Cyberoam commented: “We are proud to be part of a leading organization which is revolutionizing the security market.

“Though security is a high growth market, Cyberoam provides unmatched opportunities for partners to capture the market with its wide range of offerings and subscriptions. We have always made a win-win proposition for partners and end-customers. With the conclusion of this year’s event we are upbeat of continuing this good work in the future.”

Mr. Alkesh Soneji, business head Africa, Cyberoam, commented: “The Africa region is making great strides in economic development. At the same time, evolving security market is forcing them to redraw their IT blueprints and start over.

“Though, the state of security has improved markedly over the years, there is still a lot to be done. Our partners stand united in this cause and we are committed to strengthen them in every possible way to build a stronger resilience against emerging cyber threats and challenges.

“At Amsterdam meet we reiterated this commitment while we gathered our partners for a much needed exchange of ideas and celebration of success.”

Cyberoam is playing a stellar role in reinforcing the IT Security of a wide range of businesses spread across more than 125 countries.

Future ready features like EAL4+ certified firewall protection, patented layer 8 technology, high performance hardware appliances, scalable security architecture and flexible network connectivity have made Cyberoam a trusted name in network security.

The list of partners awarded in West Africa region include, Distributor of the Year 2015: ‎ Mart Networks Nigeria Limited, West Africa; Top Partner of the Year 2015: e-Process Consulting Nigeria.

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Ekeh, Zinox Boss Places Bets on Keystone Bank

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Leo Stan Ekeh, serial digital entrepreneur and chairman, Zinox Group

Leo Stan Ekeh, serial digital entrepreneur and chairman of Zinox Group, has heaped praises on Keystone Bank, describing its partnership with CeLD to launch CashToken as a move that will go a long way to revolutionize customer loyalty in Nigeria.

 

CashToken is an electronic reward and celebratory gift commodity designed to optimize customer loyalty investments for businesses, individuals and government establishments by offering recipients an opportunity to win life-changing cash rewards between N5000 and N100m every week, among other benefits.

 

Speaking at the 500 CEOs Hyper Centricity conference which featured the official unveiling of CashToken at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, Ekeh disclosed that one of the major reasons behind the worrisome unemployment situation in the country was the inability of banks and other financial institutions to explore creative avenues to support start-ups and empower millions of jobless youths.

 

Ekeh, who was the chairman on the occasion, noted that he had always referred to himself as a digital orphan, considering the challenges he faced in his attempts to raise funds while starting out as an entrepreneur – a situation which inspired him in working extremely hard to offer himself as a collateral in order to realize his corporate ambitions.

 

“I commend Keystone Bank and CeLD for the launch of CashToken. It is a solution that will revolutionize the scope of customer loyalty and expand access to funding for SMEs. This is a timely intervention, considering the difficulties faced by start-ups, especially those in the tech sector in raising funds to pursue their dreams. When I started out as a struggling tech entrepreneur, it was very difficult raising funds as the banks did not understand technology back then. They were more interested in extending loans and other credit facilities to oil companies.

 

“Today, we are in an era in which technology is altering the destiny of most countries in the world. Yet, we still see a situation where our banks are still not willing to give a chance to tech start-ups. I also see the governments giving more concentration to agriculture. There is nothing wrong with that but for these youths to embrace farming, then it must be scientific agriculture. We must understand that today’s youths are digital natives, many of whom are eager to take their place in a knowledge economy driven by equal access to wealth. Tech start-ups are defined by attitude, culture and lifestyle. This is the language of the current generation. Just ask your kids at home what they would like to become in future and see what responses you will get from them.

 

“I urge other banks to follow in the footsteps of Keystone Bank by giving tech start-ups and other smart youths a chance. If we empower 10 tech start-ups and only two of them succeed, the combined returns from that investment will far exceed anything we hope to derive from any other sector,” he said.

The event which climaxed with the unveiling of the CashToken logo, had a number of technocrats, dignitaries and Chief Executive Officers from major organizations in Corporate Nigeria present. Among these was Managing Director, Keystone Bank, Obeahon Ohiwerei; Founder and CEO, CeLD Innovations, Lai Labode; Managing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya; Acting GMD/CEO, Heritage Bank Ltd., Jude Monye; Director General, Consumer Protection Council, Tunde Irukera; Director General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Lanre Gbajabiamila; Group Managing Director, Interswitch, Mitchel Elegbe; Managing Director, CornerStone Insurance, Ganiu Musa; Managing Director, Aiico Multishield Ltd., Dr. Leke Oshuniyi; Enterprise Commercial Lead, Microsoft Nigeria, Wale Olokodana; Executive Secretary, National Lottery Trust Fund, Bello Maigari and Chairman, Obalende-Ikoyi Local Govt Area., Hon Fuad Atanda-Lawal, among others.

 

 

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CWG D-Coder Initiative is Vested in Breaking the Cycle of Wasted Holiday Breaks

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By Igbokidi Ifeoma

The CWG D-Coder Initiative is an initiative birthed by CWG Plc, which focuses on training Senior Secondary School Students interested in working or growing in the ICT Industry.

The aim is to introduce them to different aspects of ICT, like Programming and Coding, within an organized corporate setting where they are attached with experts in the Industry, who would provide them with the required hands-on experience to guide their interactions, the realities and expectations.

The initiative was launched April of 2017, and has had two prior successful roll-outs, the third which was just concluded recently at the Corporate Head office in Lagos.

CWG owns an ICT Academy with is in full operation, with sessions running back to back, year in year out; education young Professionals to become more vast ICT experts.

However, it had become quite obvious that building the ICT interest and capabilities from a younger age will become a more strategic route for sustaining the ICT Industry.

This led to the concept of catch, equip and guide them young as is done in many countries globally.

The ‘CWG D-Coder Initiative’ is programmed to run mainly during the holiday periods each year, providing an educative yet exhilarating platform for interested Senior Secondary students to experience the thrill of creation that technology provides and indirectly begin to prepare them for the University and the workplace.

Unfortunately, many of our youths are not very often gainfully or progressively engaged during vacations, so the provision of this absolutely free platform is one we hope parents/guardian or even the schools will recognize and take advantage of and keep their children/students busy during the holiday break.

While they may not be studying or reading, it are exposed to a slightly more technical level of book interaction.

May schools have embedded as part of their curriculum, IT placements; as part of the progression for their students, midway into their holidays. Providing the children with a rest a bit, get trained, rest again rhythm before returning to school.

This last set of students, began their coding training right after the Easter break, trained for 2 weeks following an intense theory and practical training sessions with our in house programmers, coders and software developers at their disposal.

The students had a lot of fun working, learning and making friends among themselves. They also had the opportunity to mingle with some experts within the state-of-the-art CWG ‘Innovation Hub’.

All that has to be done is to send a mail to the company via its contact details on its website or via any of its social media platforms.

With the next phase, student’s trainings are being prepped to be conducted within then Innovation Hub and be given the necessary empowerment to develop their own innovations for testing.

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FG to Criminalise Abuse of Local Content Policy

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Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication

Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communication, has urged the national assembly to enact a holistic law to criminalize breach of the Executive Orders 003 and 005 on local content in information technology.

 

The Executive Orders are designed to give local software industry and practitioners chance to improve their skills and products with minimal stifling competition from foreign firms.

 

Shittu said that “Local content must be elevated to such a level as to save our economy. What more can be economic sabotage if actions that cause massive loss of jobs foreign exchange are not redressed?”

 

Noting that local content does not mean excluding foreign participation in the Nigerian economy, the Minister assured that NITDA was committed to the implementation of the local content program and the executive order on local content.

 

Nodding in agreement, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said; “considering that about 80% of ICT hardware and software consumed in Nigeria are imported, by estimation, Nigeria would spend about  120 billion by the year 2020 on the importation of foreign technologies. The influx of foreign technologies into the Nigerian market has made the nation a dumping ground for substandard technologies.”

 

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