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OBJ, Okere, Amuchinenwa Others Now IIM-Africa Fellows

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(L-r): Ayo Adegboye, vice president, ITB (Schneider Electric, West Africa), Austin Okere, founder and chief executive officer, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) and Rita Amuchienwa (Mrs), senior territory manager, (English) West Africa for Motorola Solutions, after their induction into Fellows cadre of the Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) recently.

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria was joined by Austin Okere, founder and chief executive officer, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), Rita Amuchienwa (Mrs), senior territory manager, (English) West Africa for Motorola Solutions and Ayo Adegboye, vice president, ITB (Schneider Electric, West Africa), last weekend, at an inducted into Fellows cadre of the Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa).

Others ICT experts recognized on the category are, Engineer (Mrs) Florence Seriki, managing director and chief executive officer, Omatek Computers Limited, Olayinka Oni, national technology officer, Microsoft Nigeria, Kenneth Nwabueze, chief executive officer, Gist Me Communications, among others.

Other inductees are State Governors of Lagos, Ogun, osun, Kano, Akwa Ibom, Edo, NIMC DG, and Minister of Information and others drawn from the educational, records and document (information) management, finance, administration, engineering, construction, project management, IT and communications.

Speaking at the induction ceremony, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, president and chairman Governing Council of IIM-Africa, said that information is the force powering 21st democracy and economy.

 He said that IIM-Africa was established in recognition that both private and public sectors will increasingly rely on information and knowledge and can create value through their ability to manage these value assets.

Oyedokun who bemoaned the traumatic state of the nation’s national memories like the National Archives, reminded the government that successful societies and economies in future will depend on how well they enable information be appropriately shared while maintaining essential protection for those on whose behalf the information is held.

He said: “They will depend on how well they learn from the information they hold, and how they use it to create new value, and on how well they deal with the new challenges that digital information presents, whether around security, sustainability or privacy.

“Effective management and sharing of information has the power to improve individuals’ lives and society as a whole, and even to drive economic growth which comes with significant responsibilities, not least to protect individuals’ data and privacy. The pace of change, and the challenges of the digital era, means we are not only seeing new opportunities but are also facing new risks.

“Strong leadership, governance and professionalism in records, information and knowledge management will be key, both to seizing opportunities, and to meeting the challenges ahead”.

He said that IIM is strategically positioned to help both public and private organizations in Africa develop the required frameworks, tools, and culture needed to build capacity.

According to him, by improving professionalism in the essential field, as required in the finance, administration, engineering, construction, project management, IT and communications, organizations will be ready to seize emerging opportunities, and meet the evolving challenges of managing information, especially in the emerging information age. 

Speaking to Nigeria CommunicationsWeek on her induction into IIM-Africa’s fellowship, Rita Amuchienwa (Mrs), senior territory manager, (English) West Africa for Motorola Solutions, said, “I feel real good and excited. It is indeed a great achievement for me in my career path.

“As someone who has been active in the technology ecosystem, there are synergies between what IIM-Africa is expected to do and the potentials of technology usage. For instance, the Institute will help reshape Technology ecosystem in Nigeria and make it more professional. That is, the aspect of information management would have become a full disciple. Just like the President and Chairman of the Council rightly pointed out; there are over 200,000 distinct jobs in this field alone. That is an untapped area that IIM-Africa is moving into,” she said.

On the Institute’s rolled out vision, Amuchienwa said, “I would rate their vision as a very sound and renowned vision. This is a vision that we Nigerians expect for our Nation – a vision that will be beneficial and supportive to All!”

The Institute of Information Management (IIM-Africa) is a professional membership driven Institute, developed to serve the growing community of Data, Information, Records, Document and Archives Management professionals who are tasked with managing the dynamic information life cycle within the enterprise.

Apart from the Fellows others were inducted into Senior Professionals, Professionals and Associate membership.

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek believes that technology makes life more exciting and helps improve the lives of people around Nigeria and indeed the world. So since 2007, we have devoted our energy to independent reportage of technology and how they affect lives.

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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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