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Eke, Sidmach Technologies’ Chairman Bags NCS Professional Fellowship Award



*Chijioke Anthony Eke, chairman and co-founder, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited (2nd from left), during the NCS Professional Fellowship ‎Award at NITMA 2015

Mr. Chijioke Anthony Eke, co-founder and chairman‎, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, has been conferred with the professional fellowship of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS).

Eke was conferred with the award at the 2015 Nigeria Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) held in Lagos on Thursday‎.

In 1994, he teamed up with four other colleagues to co-found Sidmach‎ and was at various times executive direct and also managing director of the Company.

Speaking to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek immediately after collecting the award, Eke dedicated the award to his immediate household, management and staff of Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited, for their resilience and efforts in facilitating his acceptance for the award.

‎According to him, future of the Nigerian ICT industry revolves around “Nigeria-centric” and local content driven companies and individuals who are ready to put their intellectual property prowess to work.

He further described the ‎honour done on him as inspiring and pledged to put more efforts in deepening ICT industry growth in the country.

Eke’s Biography
Mr. Chijioke Anthony Eke was born in 1957 in Lagos and had his early education variously in Lagos, Owerri and Enugu. ‎

He attended the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife where he graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science/Economics in 1982.

He served in the compulsory NYSC scheme at the Kaduna Refinery Computer Center, Kaduna State.

Thereafter in late 1983 he joined KPMG Consulting as a Programmer from where he progressed to the position of Systems Analyst.

In the process, Mr. Chijioke Eke was an important member of the teams that developed and operationalized various commercial software systems and solutions for NNPC and the Banking industry.

In 1987, he was seconded to The Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC) as a Consultant from KPMG Consulting Nigeria at that time.

While at SPDC, he was a pivotal member of an all Nigerian team of Software Engineers that delivered several landmark ICT projects such as implementing the first Enterprise Clustering / Networking System in Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria (1988) at Warri and later Port Harcourt.

At that time these were the only such installations anywhere in Africa except the then Apartheid South Africa.

This was an era of IT revolution and expansion in SPDC. He later left KPMG Nigeria for PERRY Consultants in 1990 as a senior Consultant and remained at SPDC to help deliver several firsts in the area of System Resource Management, Networking and Integration.

In 1992 he joined Data Sciences Nigeria Limited as a Manager in the Software Development Department of the company.

While in Data Sciences, he led the team that delivered an integrated national network of enterprise systems for the then National Provident Fund (now NSITF) as well as re-designed, re-developed and ported their entire contributory pension software systems to online interactive platform.

In 1994, Mr. Eke teamed up with four other colleagues to co-found Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited (SIDMACH) and was at various times Executive Director and also Managing Director of the company.

He is currently the Chairman of the company.  Eke, a core professional, Networking and Integration expert, played key roles in the visioning and development of the company’s suite of software solutions and services that have significantly and positively impacted lives, particularly in the Educational Sector.

These solutions span across the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sectors of the Education spectrum.

Mr. Eke also played decisive roles in the development and implementation of Payroll System, Personnel Records System and Ammunition Records System for the Nigerian Army as well as setting up a national network of systems for the Nigerian Corps of Army Finance and Accounts.

Some of these creative achievements he helped midwife at Sidmach have elicited interest and commendations for the country from as far as Kenya.

Presently they are cooperating with Sidmach and Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) in the area of online e-Curriculum development. 

Eke is very passionate about Education, Human Capacity Development and Social responsibility.

He has over the past 30-plus years of cognate experience attended countless ICT trainings and conferences locally and abroad.

He is also a Director of WaveTek Nigeria Limited an ICT Infrastructure and Green Energy Development Company.

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ESET, Airtel Unveil New Security app for Smartphone Users



ESET, a security solution company on Thursday launched a new mobile security app specially designed for Airtel Nigeria subscribers.


Olufemi Ake, country manager of ESET, said that the mobile security application would provide smartphone users with features for prevention and management of cyber risks associated to android mobile devices.


Ake made this known during the ESET Mobile Security Airtel Edition Launch held in Lagos.


He said that there was need for average smartphone users in Nigeria to install mobile security apps on their phones, “especially in this age where cyber criminals steal personal data online”.


The country manager added that the first telecom-focused security product was optimised for Android and also for bringing both unmatched performance coupled with proactive protection.


He said: “The new ESET mobile security for Airtel also welcomes the brand-new premium features such as Anti-Phishing, which protects against malicious websites attempting to acquire sensitive information – usernames, passwords, banking information or credit card details.


“It also features Anti-Theft, which locks a device upon detection of suspicious behaviour or when unauthorised SIM is inserted.


“The security app also has the Remote Lock feature, allowing a device owner to lock his or her phone remotely, thereby preventing unauthorised access to all stored information, including photos and emails.


“It also has the SMS and Call Filter feature, which enables smartphone owners to solely receive the calls and messages that they want and also empower them to define the sender and the time to receive SMS or calls with time-based call management.”


Ake noted that the ESET Mobile Security product already exists globally on Google Play Store with over ten million downloads.

He explained that the app also offered precise detection of known and unknown mobile threats with complement of advanced features such as Anti-Theft, Security Audit, App Lock, SMS and Call Filter and Password Protection, amongst others.


Dinesh Balsingh, chief commercial officer, Airtel Nigeria, said that the partnership with ESET affirms their strong commitment to protecting customers from cyber criminals.


He said that by introducing such apps to subscribers, they would be protected from cyber criminals hacking into their personal data.


Balsingh said that Airtel subscribers who wish to benefit from the new security app could subscribe via Google Play store at subsidized and flexible cost of N150 monthly.

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MainOne Takes Blame for Google Glitch



Main One Cable has took responsibility for a glitch that temporarily caused some Google global traffic to be misrouted through China, saying it accidentally caused the problem during a network upgrade.

The issue surfaced on Monday afternoon as Internet monitoring firms ThousandEyes and BGPmon said some traffic to Alphabet’s Google had been routed through China and Russia, raising concerns that the communications had been intentionally hijacked.

Main One said in an e-mail that it had caused a 74-minute glitch by misconfiguring a border gateway protocol filter used to route traffic across the Internet. That resulted in some Google traffic being sent through Main One partner China Telecom, said the West African firm.

Google has said little about the matter. It acknowledged the problem on Monday in a post on its Web site that said it was investigating the glitch and said it believed the problem originated outside the company. It did not say how many users were affected or identify specific customers.

Google representatives could not be reached on Tuesday to comment on Main One’s statement.

Even though MainOne said it was to blame, some security experts said the incident highlighted concerns about the potential for hackers to conduct espionage or disrupt communications by exploiting known vulnerabilities in the way traffic is routed over the Internet.

The US China Economic and Security Review Commission, a Washington-based group that advises the US Congress on security issues, plans to look into the issue, said commissioner Michael Wessel.

“We will work to gain more facts about what has happened recently and look at what legal tools or legislation or law enforcement activities can help address this problem,” Wessel said.

Glitches in border gateway protocol filters have caused multiple outages to date, including cases where traffic from US Internet and financial services firms was routed through Russia, China and Belarus.

Yuval Shavitt, a network security researcher at Tel Aviv University, said it was possible Monday’s issue was not an accident.

“You can always claim that this is some kind of configuration error,” said Shavitt, who last month co-authored a paper alleging the Chinese government had conducted a series of Internet hijacks.

Main One, which describes itself as a leading provider of telecom and network services for businesses in West Africa, said it had investigated the matter and implemented new processes to prevent it from happening again.

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Nigerian Study Wins WhatsApp Misinformation Award Grant



WhatsApp has announced the recipients of its $1 million research grants to academics from around the world for the purpose of studying misinformation and its impact on society. Fake news, calls for violence, election-related propaganda and other topics come under the different proposals for which the grants were given.


The goal of the research award is to facilitate high quality, external research on a wide range of topics by academics and experts who are in the countries where WhatsApp is frequently used and where there is limited research on the topic.


Tagged ‘WhatsApp Misinformation and Social Science Research Awards’, approximately 600 proposals were submitted and reviewed with the awardees representing the highest quality projects across several relevant research areas.  WhatsApp awarded 20 grants up to $50,000 each to researchers in several countries including Nigeria, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.


Among the winning projects is the research topic; ‘The use and abuse of WhatsApp in an African election: Nigeria 2019’, an international collaboration put together by Jonathan Fisher (University of Birmingham), Idayat Hassan (Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja), Jamie Hitchen (AREA Consulting) as well as Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham).


The study employs multi-method social science research instruments including in-country interviews, focus groups and surveys to explore how WhatsApp is used by political candidates, and their campaigns and supporters to tailor messages to key audiences during elections.


The research will focus on two gubernatorial elections in the upcoming 2019 Nigerian polls – those of Kano (northern Nigeria) and Oyo (southern Nigeria).

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