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IoT Is Creating Big Market for Privileged Identity Mgt. Solution – Uzoma

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Chima Uzoma is the current Chief Executive Officer and founding partner of Boch Systems.

Chima Uzoma is the current Chief Executive Officer and founding partner of Boch Systems. He is an agile and strategic Technology Executive with an excellent track record in heading diverse businesses to consistent growth and profitable outcome.
He has over 16 years practical IT experience; and has worked with several technology giants in Nigeria, including Microsoft, Technology Distribution, ICONET Group, and Imperial Business Systems; among others. He spoke to peter oluka on Boch System’s partnership with Arcon and the advantage it will bring to organizations on the Continent.

BYOD, Cloud Computing, IoT and Security Lapses
There is a future for Privileged Identity Management Solutions (PIMS) as the world embraces Internet of Things (IoT), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Cloud Computing or mobility in general. It means you need to have access to every of these devices. Arcon is thinking ahead like two decades from now, how are you going to manage these applications. So, IoT is creating a big market for PIMS. Now, your electronics will be talking to you, which demands the right authorized access to be able to talk back to them.

Growth of Cyber Market in Nigeria and Place of Arcon
Cyber security is the future, because technology is driving a lot of things- banking operations, communications, e-commerce and more the advent and growth of technology, the increase of the challenges like attacks. It requires a lot of awareness, and every company must be part of finding the solutions, because they need to keep their data.
Arcons is a product; when you acquire it, you have full control. The demo session shows there the administrator decides who does what and how the period you would prefer the password changes. And there are criteria to that. With regards to increased cyber attacks, if I take care of my insider threats and ensure your keys are not in the wrong hands, then, we are moving forward; by then, 70% of the threats are curbed.

Companies Should Set Cyber Security Guide for Employees
Every organization should take cyber security very serious, because it I can collapse a business and it is a high risk area. Imagine my email is hacked, by mere remembering that I wouldn’t know what the hackers are doing with the content of the email; it can lead to all manner of psychological trauma. However, we offer a solution on security and the governance; it has helped organizations to mitigate risks as much as possible.

Evolution of Policies in The Cyber Security Sub-Sector
In terms of government, I wouldn’t know what they are currently engaged on, because it has become a herculean task. But, the Financial Institutions (FIs), for instance have a lot of investments in that regards, and the telcos. Nigerians are adapting to future technology. When we opened our office in Ghana and compared both markets, we found Nigeria is far ahead. Technologies that were implemented in Nigeria, maybe two years ago, they are about to be considered in Ghana.

Boch Systems Limited
Boch Systems has a Pan-African vision to be the leader in providing information and implementation solutions in Africa. Currently, the Company is in Nigeria and has started a full-fledged operations in Ghana. Boch Systems Company Limited is a leading Systems Integration Company of choice, providing professional and high quality ICT services to our esteemed clients. We are driven by a passion to offer reliable, timely, and cost effective solutions; relying on our thoroughly skilled and dedicated workforce, supporting partners, and advanced technologies; thereby guaranteeing maximum ROI to all stakeholders.
Boch Systems creates solutions for leading organizations in all sectors of industry, commerce and government. We work with our customers to identify and create better ways of doing business – from optimizing existing tools and resources to realizing revolutionary processes.
At Boch Systems, we fully understand Lead Capital Government environment and the challenge it faces in using technology to bear on its service delivery to its staff and customers.

Partnership with Arcon
Arcon is actually bringing two things; first, advanced technology in the cyber security space. Secondly, the products are cost effective. With the situation of the country, companies are concerned about getting a quality product at the right price.
So, we signed a partnership with Arcon to represent them in the whole of Africa and deploy solutions to financial institutions and the telcos. Its flagship product- Arcon, is a Privileged Identity Management Solution (PIMS). Today, about 70% of cyber attacks that occur today are instigated from within from organizations. Most of them are caused by disgruntled staff, or staff with privileged access to company’s data. So, when access to the security protocols is compromised it affects the business. Therefore, Arcon’s solution is such that ensures your insider protocols are protected. Even if you have a third party who works with you, Arcon has a system to help organization guide against breaches. It is a time-based access guarantor into your application and shares a link on what the person actually did. So, it helps you ensure that from the inside you are fully protected.

Value Proposition of Arcon Solutions
The first value proposition: this is an advanced technology. Formerly, you have what is called Privileged Access Management  Solution (PAMS), but Arcon has narrowed it down to PIMS, which entails you manage not just the access but who does what. There are features that other competitors cannot boast of.  Secondly, everybody wants to buy the right product at the appropriate price. Arcon is flexible with regards to pricing. Other solutions out there tend to remain on their high horses, but Arcon is willing to come down to your level and offer you service.
In terms of customization, because the whole thing is designed by them they are ready to offer you special attention. There are connectors we constitute which other competitors with over two hundred experts, which other competitions lack. And the inhouse developers are ready to customize

Targeted Market
Any technology driven organization requires cyber security solution, because the systems are always subject of attack- serves, networks or switches, they require access. Arcon is available to companies across sectors. For instance, a company like Jumia or Konga, the merchants go ‘in there’ to post or update values of products. Such process can lead to compromise, therefore, you require a robust solution like Arcon to monitor the processes. Aside the firewalls, they need further identity management solution to ensure even protection. Example, an insider can alert an outsider about a possible order for a pair of shoes, he goes to supply same and collect the money, thereby leveraging the investments of the e-commerce platform without making any revenue contribution to it.

Aside Arcons, Other Boch Systems’ Solutions
We are a full security technology organization, offering end-to-end solutions. We have partners who provide global enterprise firewalls relevant to banking, e-commerce, telecommunications and other industries. These firewalls are safeguards against external attacks. We also provide data access management solution. Aside giving you access, there are certain people that are not privileged users especially to unstructured data. Unstructured data seat on serves on individual systems. We have seen confidential letters or memos from government going public because it fell into the hands of unauthorized person even as an unstructured data.

Digital Marketing And Implications To Bank Customers
The future is social media and the future has gone mobile. In fact, any organistion that is not thinking about using the social media to win customers is not looking at the right direction. Today, we are talking about digital marketing. It is about utilizing the social media to create awareness. That is same thing banks are extending to customers. The beauty of it is that the more we engage on social media, the need for them to secure the networks, and also ensure the customers are left in danger of cyber attacks.  

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Google Reveals Top Searches in Nigeria in 2017

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By peter oluka

Google, Wednesday announced the results of its 2017 Year in Search, offering a unique perspective on the year’s major moments and top trends based on searches conducted in Nigeria.

In addition to showcasing what people, places, and things were trending around the globe this year, the 2017 Year in Search list also offers insights into what the top trending news moment for Nigerians was in the last 12 months, as well as the new music and movies that got their attention.

The most searched person on Google’s year-end list was Moji Olaiya, the sad news of her death two months after giving birth shook the Nigerian movie industry.

Coming in second place was notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike – popularly known as Evans. Adesua Etomi was third on the list, likely because of the announcement of her engagement to Banky Wellington.

It’s no secret that people turn to Google for answers to questions they are embarrassed to ask their friends. This year’s top “What is…” queries included President Buhari’s state of health, JAMB and WAEC results, what a female Hyena is called, what Monkeypox is and Bitcoin.

This year’s most searched events and stories of interest by Nigerians include symptoms of Monkeypox, political news in other African countries, the IPhone 8 release and celebrity weddings.

Here’s the full list – Year in Search 2017:

Nigeria’s Most Searched People

  1. Moji Olaiya
  2. Evans the kidnapper
  3. Adesua Etomi
  4. Donald Trump
  5. Mr. Eazi
  6. Efe
  7. Jide Tinubu
  8. Olumide Bakare
  9. Dammy Krane
  10. Eric Arubayi

Nigeria’s Most Searched Stories and Events

  1. ASUU Strike
  2. Moji Olaiya dead
  3. Monkeypox outbreak
  4. IPhone 8 / IPhone X Launch
  5. New president in Gambia
  6. Adesua and Banky Wedding
  7. Anambra Elections
  8. MayweathervsMcgregor fight
  9. Zimbabwe Coup
  10. Catalonia Referendum

Nigeria’s Most Asked Questions: Ok Google? Who…How…What…

  1. Is Buhari dead?
  2. How to check JAMB results
  3. How to check WAEC results
  4. What is a female Hyena called?
  5. What is Monkeypox?
  6. What is bitcoin?
  7. What is MMM?
  8. Who is Bobrisky?
  9. How to check BVN
  10. Where is NnamdiKanu now?

Nigeria’s Most Searched-for Songs

  1. Olamide – Wo
  2. Davido – Fia
  3. Davido- Fall
  4. Patapaa Ft. RasCann – One Corner
  5. Davido – If
  6. Runtown – Mad over you
  7. Kiss Daniel – Yeba
  8. Tekno – Go
  9. Mayorkun – Mama
  10. Tekno Ft. Wizkid – Mama

Nigeria’s Most Searched for Movies/TV Series

  1. Fast and Furious 8
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Game of Thrones season 7
  4. Big Brother Naija 2017
  5. Justice League
  6. Thor Ragnarok
  7. Jenifa’s Diary Season 7
  8. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
  9. The Wedding Party
  10. Better call Saul

Nigeria’s Most Searched Sports People

  1. Philippe Coutinho
  2. RomeluLukaku
  3. TiémouéBakayoko
  4. Anthony Joshua
  5. OusmaneDembele
  6. Floyd Mayweather
  7. NemanjaMatic
  8. CheickIsmaëlTiote
  9. Ivan Perisic
  10. KylianSanmiMbappe

Nigeria’s Most Searched ‘Near Me’ quieres

  1. Restaurants near me
  2. Nail Salon near me
  3. Clubs near me
  4. Food near me
  5. Movies near me
  6. Jobs near me

To see more information about Google’s Year in Search across the globe and to watch our annual video, visit http://www.google.co.ng/2017

This information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google this year.

Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.

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Ojobo receives NIPR Presidential Award

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Tony Ojobo, Director Public Affairs at Nigerian Communications Commission will on Thursday, December 14, 2017 receive the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Presidential Award.

The conferment of this prestigious award was communicated to Ojobo by President and Chairman of Council of NIPR, Dr. Rotimi Oladele.

Dr.Oladele told Ojobo in a letter that “the prestigious award is given in recognition of your sterling leadership qualities, outstanding contributions towards the development of the Public Relations practice and support for industry advancement”.

The award ceremony will climax the yearly Presidential Dinner billed for Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The iconic Director Public Affairs at the NCC has brought finesse and vitality to professionalism in his day to day handling of issues in Nigeria’s fastest growing sector, telecommunication and information technology.

Only recently, Ojobo was honoured by the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), his alma mater, with an award of Excellence at a ceremony tagged Alumni Home coming and 32nd Anniversary celebration of the Faculty of Management of the University.

The Faculty Board in its notification to Ojobo said that “we proudly took the decision to bestow the award on you in cognizance of your remarkable achievements in life, especially in your chosen career as a renowned technocrat and public servant, hence the award of excellence”.

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Group Calls for Collaborations to Decongest Prisons

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A group has called for more support from well-meaning Nigerians to help decongest the prisons.

The group, Justice Development and Peace Centre made the call recently when it visited the Kirikiri medium prisons to secure the release of some inmates.

Speaking after the release of the prisoners who were convicted for wandering and street trading, Mr. Onyema Onyenankeya the Festac Deanery Coordinator of the group, said, “The release of these 8 prisoners today is part of the centre’s efforts at decongesting our prisons. We would have loved to release more of them but we do not have the capacity to do that.”

“We try as much as possible to make sure they go back to their respective homes and then we empower them when we have any of our empowerment programmes. All these require funding”, he said.

“We were told that some people still come on their own to also help release some prisoners. This is what we’re talking about. The person there doesn’t have to be your relative or someone you know before you help such person(s) regain their freedom”.

Onyema added that with the state of the prison facilities and the fact that a facility built to cater for 1,700 inmates now has over 3,600 is cause for worry.

“As at when we visited the prisons, we were told that there were 3,603 inmates out of which 3,080 were awaiting trial and 523 already convicted. We do not know those we secured their release, they’re not related to any one of us but we believe that in doing this we’re helping them secure a better future because they have committed lesser crimes, though it is crime against the state,” he said.

In dismay he noted that even as some prisoners were being released, more were being brought in. “This shows there’s a serious problem that we need to deal with. We must have to continuously decongest these prisons and provide better lives for our teeming youth”.

He however asked that the government do well to upgrade its prison facilities, while also admonishing the released prisoners to desist from all forms of crimes and to at all-times obey the laws of the state.

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