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



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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Canon showcases cutting edge technology at CABSAT 2018




By peter oluka

Canon showcased its latest industry-leading innovations at CABSAT 2018, the leading broadcast, satellite and creative media event in the Middle East and Africa region.

The leader in imaging solutions also provided visitors with the opportunity to experience its full range of security solutions, Pro Video portfolio and professional imaging products first-hand at dedicated shooting areas and end to end workflow scenarios.

At the three-day event, Canon unveiled the latest additions to its Pro-Video segment with the launch of its 4K XF Series cameras, XF405 and XF400, which is in addition to the recent launch of the EOS C200, the 4K compact digital cinema camera from the esteemed Cinema EOS range. Under the XA series, XA-11 and XA-15 mark their entry into the region along with the low light network camera with remarkable performance, the ME20F-SHN.

The company also presented evolved and seamless workflow solutions that enable more efficient and cost-effective production for broadcasters and filmmakers.

Speaking about the event Roman Troedthandl, managing director – Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) said, “Canon’s presence in CABSAT, which is considered to be one of the most important events in broadcast and media technology regionally and globally; is integral to showcasing our commitment towards playing a vital role in the cinema industry. Celebrating the incredible potential of filmmakers in Africa, Canon is set on clearing any hardships they may face enroute, through offering all the necessary technical and technological support they require, and this year we are going even further and extending our participation towards supporting young and aspiring filmmakers.”

“We also understand that there is an increasing integration of 4K into mainstream television dramas, documentaries and movies, and we are committed to continually evolving to meet the fluctuating needs of broadcasters and filmmakers with the latest additions to our innovative Cinema EOS series. As well as consistently strengthening and enhancing our partnerships with Tier 1 partners in markets like Nigeria, Morocco, West Africa and Egypt while hand in hand expanding our presence through an extended network of Tier 2 partners in Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco,” Troedthandl added.

Designed to benefit broadcasters and filmmakers alike, The EOS C200 is the first Cinema EOS camera to feature the revolutionary Cinema RAW light format which provides the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW in a smaller file size, enabling filmmakers to record internally to a CFast 2.0™ card.

Canon Team at the conference

Delivering incredible low-light performance and perfect for critical surveillance operations, the ME20F-SHN produces full colour and Full HD resolution images in limited light scenarios and packs in network capability and built-in video analytics into a lightweight and compact body. These innovations also support the convenience of seamless network integration with the ability to fit directly into existing workflows.

In addition to showcasing its full range of 4K, Full HD and HDR products, Canon also provided broadcast and cinematography professionals with a variety of end to end workflow scenarios including shooting experiences as well as review and editing processes. The ecosystem of videography was brought to life via a touch and try product section, dedicated shooting areas of Maasai Mara and a bakery area, a security zone and a chroma key area. Canon had also teamed up with the global leader in manual and robotic camera support systems, Vinten, to demonstrate the versatility of the ME200 and C200.

“Canon is set on becoming even more than a technical partner to customers in the African continent. We understand that the region is flourishing and becoming one of the rapidly growing media markets in the world; thus, we will continue expanding our footprint in the market via encouraging young talents and catering to their technical as well as support-related needs.” Said Somesh Adukia, sales & marketing director B2C – Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA). “We are very excited to be hosting a specific panel discussion during CABSAT that tackles the future of the filmmaking industry in Africa, as well as reviving our support to the youth by engaging them in a Canon Filmmaking Challenge; one of many initiatives which have been set to further support the filmmaking ecosystem in the region” He added.

Bringing the event to a successful closure, Canon awarded the shortlisted filmmakers for their efforts in bringing their stories to life. The announcement was made during the panel discussion which covered the future of the filmmaking industry in Africa alongside 3 prominent actors Injy El Mokkadem from Egypt, Omar Lotfi from Morocco and TY Bello from Nigeria.

Where the first-place winner, (Youness Hamiddine) from Morocco was awarded a (5D Mark 4) Canon camera. The second place winner (May El Hossamy) from Egypt and the third place winner (Ifeoma Nkiruka Chukwuogo) from Nigeria have both also received a (6D Mark 2) Canon camera.

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TrillzApp Unveiled, Assists Event Managers Harness Feedback



By peter oluka

A robust and smart mobile app that uses location technology to give users notification of events happening in their location and based on interests, TrillzApp has been launched.

In addition to aiding users to book events seamlessly online, TrillzApp which was developed by five students, was designed to help users keep tabs on happenings in their area while helping them express their thoughts about events through ratings, comments and chats.

Chatting with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Stanley Ezeh, TrillzApp’s team lead, Critical Analyst, Business co-founder, said, “TrillzApp solves a number of needs, namely: keeping track of events and opportunities in particular areas; connect with people and places in a particular and seamless Ticket sales and event management. Furthermore, it helps event organizers get feedback from attendees.”

He said that the app taps from the power of Google Maps; gigantic map software that has a number of applications and has been designed to be used in various apps that require map services. “TrillzApp only uses some features of the Google maps to further assist users in getting directions to venues of events and happenings among others. Google maps has no local content for events; neither does it provide an avenue for users to interact with one another. Therefore, we are in no form of competition with Google”, Ezeh added.

The Team Lead who explained that TrillzApp beta version was launched in November 2017; in December of the same year, the app was out of Beta.

However, the only available version of the app is Android version. “iOS version will be released soon”, he told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, but without stating that “Sponsoring the TrillzApp project hasn’t been easy especially as we are students. Initially, being part of the Roar Nigeria Incubation Hub was supposed to be a plus to us since we were promised funding, support, training and mentorship, but due to unknown logistic and administrative reasons, these promises have barely been fulfilled and the funds have not been disbursed to us.

“Because we were determined and passionate to make an impact in our society by helping young people discover opportunities, events and happenings in different locations, we devised various strategies to help us raise funds on our own.

“We often had to skip meals and deprive ourselves of certain luxury and privileges to be able to squeeze out money from our meagre monthly allowances from our parents. Sometimes, we had to do some extra jobs for friends to get funds to complement funds raised from family”.

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Queen Elizabeth (II) Honours Interswitch Chairman, Ken Olisa with Knighthood



Sir Ken Olisa the recently appointed Chairman of Interswitch has been honoured with knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.


The Nigerian-born British Businessman and Philanthropist has been recognized, amongst other notable individuals, in Queen Elizabeth (II)’s New Year Honours.


Sir Olisa is a British businessman with a career in technology that commenced at IBM and spans well over 40 years.


He founded and led the technology merchant bank Interregnum and is also the founder and chairman of Restoration Partners, an independent boutique technology merchant bank, reputed as architects of the Virtual Technology Cluster model.


He is currently a Director of Thomson Reuters.


In 2015, he became the first black Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London having been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen.


By this development, Olisa, the first British-born black man to serve as a Director of a FTSE-100 business is now officially honoured with a Knighthood for services to Business and Philanthropy in the United Kingdom.


An advocate of social inclusion, he is Chair of the Shaw Trust, supporting the disabled and chronically unemployed to find work; founding Chair of the Powerlist Foundation, supporting future leaders from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and disadvantaged backgrounds; a former Governor of the Peabody Trust; and a former Non-Executive Director of the West Lambeth NHS Trust.


Mitchell Elegbe, Group CEO of Interswitch, Commenting on the development, said that “Sir Ken has distinguished himself in professional and social spheres with a remarkable pedigree of service in the public domain.


“A leading light and embodiment of the maxim, “Do well, and do good”, He has not only charted an impressive course across the business terrain, but has also done notable social good; actively championing, and investing in many charities and non-profit organizations which work to mitigate the disadvantages faced by so many in his society.


“We are extremely proud of this most recent recognition and knighthood by The Queen for his services, and it is a great way to start the new year, both for Sir Ken and for Interswitch.”


Interswitch founded in 2002, is active across the entire payments value chain and currently processes over 4 billion unique transactions yearly, with a value of over USD 38 billion.


A recognized leader in the payments space in Nigeria, the company has sustained impressive business growth in recent years, garnering acclaim from Deloitte and others as one of Africa’s fastest growing technology business.

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