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LASRAB, IIM-Africa, Others Seek End to Intellectual Property Theft

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(L-): Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, vice-chancellor, Caleb University, Lagos State, Barr. Chris Nkwocha, zonal Director, Nigeria Copyright Commission, Lagos Operational Office, Mrs. Oluranti Odutola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Lagos, Dr. Oyedokun O. Oyewole, President, RIMa Foundation/ Chairman, Board of Trustees, Institute of Information Management-Africa, Biodun Onayele, DG, LASRB and Lateef  Raji, Immediate Past Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to the Lagos State Gover

The Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau (LASRAB) on 2015 International Archives Day convened a stakeholder meeting to chat way forward to confront copyright issues in Nigeria as it relate to the law, with the theme “Copyright: Interpreting the law for Archives & Allied Institutions”.

Discussants comprising archivists, Liberians, Lawyers and academia, among others in the Copyright business said it has become expedient to stop copyright infringement in Nigeria, even as the institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) insisted that awareness creation is key.

‎However, Barrister Chris Nkwocha, zonal Director, Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), Lagos Operational Office and guest speaker at the Forum, said that it was imperative for copyright laws to be respected and adhered to by all in order to prevent litigation.

He submitted that it’s was high time the act of piracy was stopped as it has constituted a major economic loss to millions of creative minds in the country, a factor that has further limited research works and launching of unique ideas.

Barr. Nkwocha therefore, pointed that it was time to eradicate further piracy of multimedia materials like Films, musicals and documentaries, many visible in Alaba market, Lagos and other major stores including Books piracies many surfacing in Bookshops across the country.

He added that Archivist and Records users should always adhere to the law and see that owners of a work are properly communicated and attributed if their works must be used.

However, he said they are exception to the law, which is fair use, it states that there is freedom to use part of a material for educational purposes examples are students and researchers who use an Author’s book for the purpose of learning, research or education and not for commercial gains.

Other discussants at the event, reiterated the need to create a society where copyright laws thrive and offenders are punished.

The Discussants were: Mr. Folarin Fambegbe, Director, Golden Scepter; Dr. Tajudeen Ajani Lawal, Director, Lagos State Library Board; Mr. Habeeb Sanni, Lecturer, Department of History and International Studies, Lagos State University, Ojo; Mrs Adebukola Agbaminoja, Chief Council Ministry of Justice, Lagos State; Amb. (Dr.) Oyedokun O. Oyewole,

President, RIMa Foundation/ Chairman, Board of Trustees, Institute of Information Management-Africa and Mr. Biodun Onayele, DG, LASRB.

Mrs. Oluranti Odutola, permanent secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Lagos State pointed that it was important for Archivists to be conversant with the law of copyright in order to professionally operate in line with best global practices.

“Archivists or Archives operators are custodians of enduring records, who provide necessary data and information as published by creators, preserve and present them on request to researchers and the general public. It is therefore important that they are conversant with the law and comprehend its implication for their profession- especially as it affects the intellectual property Rights of the Persons who created the records and archives in their custody. It is essential to find out if they are vicariously liable for the actions for the users of the materials in their custody.”

Barr. Nkwocha further urged other states in the country to borrow a leaf from LASRB activities and successes.

LASRAB was conceived in 1995 as a Public Sector reform programme for better management of Lagos State records for planning, policy process, enhanced service delivery and heritage preservation.

In 2002, it was accepted as the Integrated Records and Archives Management Programme (IRAMP), a sub-component of the World Bank-assisted State Governance and Capacity Building Programme (SGCBP) which later became the Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (LMDGP).

A member of the panel of discussants, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, president/chairman Governing Council, Institute of Information Management contended that there was need for more awareness of copyright laws urging the Government to better empower NCC in discharging its duties.

‎His words, “You will agree that awareness is not enough. There is need for more awareness to be created. The NCC should be more empowered to embark on several initiatives and ensure that the entire nation is covered. It is very disturbing to note that many people are not even aware about the existence of Nigerian Copyright Commission”.

LASRAB formally came into legal existence as a Lagos State Government agency pursuant to Law 22 of 2007; the Bureau is under the supervision of the Ministry of Information and Strategy.

Administratively, LASRAB took-off on 1st August, 2008 but effective operation began on 1st December, 2008, with the appointment and assumption of duty of the premier Director General.‎

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Go Rentals Targets Nigeria in African Operations Expansion Plan

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At its annual partner results event this week, Go Rentals CEO Evan Berger announced its 2018/19 expansion plans into Africa for its Technology Rental services.

“Our pilot expansion began in 2016/2017, fuelled by a multinational client’s need to train thousands of staff on SAP throughout Africa and Southern Africa, and was missing a cost-effective hardware solution.

The key driver for selecting Go Rentals for this project was reliability and our ability to handle complex logistics for moving IT hardware,” says Berger. “Working on the continent presents many challenges in import/export, technical skills, asset tracking, contingency planning, just to name a few challenges our innovations addressed.”

2017 saw the roll-out of projects in Namibia, Zambia, Angola and Lesotho in 2017, with infrastructure projects already completed in Botswana, Swaziland, Nigeria, Botswana, Mauritius, Madagascar, DRC, Ghana and Uganda.

“Through the partnerships established in these regions, we are now expanding broader operations,” says Managing Director Clayton Heldsinger.” The expansion at this stage focuses on providing IT infrastructure for large-scale training projects, elections, and other temporary infrastructure requirements.”

Temporary infrastructure projects are largely considered infeasible in many regions due to the lack of availability of stock, challenging logistics, high costs and availability of skills.

“Unlike service delivery to an office environment, where project delays are common, the number one factor to consider in a special infrastructure project like training or an election is that the event must happen on the given day,” says Heldsinger.

“The IT costs pale in comparison to the investment the client has made in venues, human resources, travel and accommodation costs and more. Our IT has to be ready, and we know how. ”

“Using our expertise, systems and blueprint developed in South Africa, we began doing the same in other countries throughout Africa, with remarkable success,” explains Berger.

Go Rentals has a winning formula for delivering temporary projects that require challenging logistics. These include mass training infrastructure, national elections, World Cup, temporary offices, rural installations and other projects.

If your corporation has a requirement for reliable infrastructure supply, delivery and support in Africa, contact Heldsinger or Ron Keschner, Sales Director at Go Rentals.

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IBM Study Unveils Hidden Costs of Data Breach

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IBM Security has released a global study examining the full financial impact of a data breach on a company’s bottom line.

The study found that hidden costs in data breaches — e.g., lost business, negative impact on reputation and employee time spent on recovery — can be a huge factor. In a “mega breach” of 1 million or more records, one-third of the cost derived from lost business.

And the cost is on the rise; since the 2017 report, the average cost of a data breach globally has increased 6.4 percent, to $3.86 million, according to IBM. The number of mega breaches is also up — from nine in 2013 to 16 in 2017.

The study, sponsored by IBM and conducted by Ponemon Institute, also reveals that:

– Average cost of a data breach involving 1 million records is nearly $40 million.

– Estimated cost of a breach involving 50 million records is $350 million.

– Average time to detect and contain a mega breach (365 days) is 99 days longer than for a smaller-scale breach.

– In a mega breach, the greatest cost is from lost business, estimated at nearly $118 million for a breach of 50 million records.

A major factor in lost business cost is customer turnover — a recent IBM/Harris poll found that 75 percent of consumers in the U.S. say that they will not do business with companies that they do not trust to protect their data.

“The truth is there are many hidden expenses which must be taken into account, such as reputational damage, customer turnover, and operational costs,” said Wendi Whitmore, global lead for IBM X-Force incident response and intelligence services. “Knowing where the costs lie and how to reduce them can help companies invest their resources more strategically and lower the huge financial risks at stake.”

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Global Accelerex Trains Nigerian Security Agencies on Cyber Crime

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Global Accelerex Limited, a Central Bank of Nigeria-licenced Payment Terminal Service Provider and Payment Solution Service Provider, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Program, is set to train members of Nigeria’s Security Agencies on Cybercrime.

The event, which will hold on July 25, 2018 at Ladi Kwali Conference Center, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, will enrich participants’ knowledge of the cyberspace and increase their versatility in dealing with on-line crime.

This collaboration, first of its kind in the e-payment industry, is borne out of the company’s desire to rid the nation of cyber criminals who continue to bring the country’s name into disrepute.

In addition to learning about cyber vulnerability, attendees will also learn about insider threats and sophisticated cyber adversaries.

The forum will host more than 30 participants including officials of the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Armed Forces, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, State Security Service, National Intelligence Agency and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

Others are Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Custom Service.

“We applaud the effort of the Nigerian government in combating cybercrime and securing lives and property in the country. Global Accelerex is driven to compliment this effort to ensure that Nigeria is rid of these miscreants so that citizens can enjoy the cyberspace with the peace of mind they deserve.

It is absolutely critical that we support security operations so that Nigerians can use the internet freely, which is why this training is vital”, stated Stanley Peters, Chief Technology Officer of the company.

The National Security Adviser commends the initiative by Global Accelerex, saying that the move will definitely impact positively on the officers and the nation in general.

He added that continuous training is critical to stay ahead of criminals even as he revealed that attendees have shown a high level of enthusiasm at this unique opportunity.

Keynote speakers that will bring their experience to bear are Mr. Tahmeed Rab, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kaizen Solutions Group, Baltimore, USA and Mr. Peter Obadare, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Digital Encode.

Both experts are acclaimed for their ground-breaking achievements in cyber security, risk and compliance, mobile forensics, network and system consulting.

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