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Resourcery, Triversa Host Maiden Enterprise Architecture Seminar for Nigerian Banks

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‎ (‎L-r): Motayo Williams, managing director, Triversa; Judith Jone, Managing Director, ATE Enterprises, UK; Aaron Yaduma, Principal System Analyst, Central Bank of Nigeria and Andrew Ejoh, Executive Director, Resourcery Plc at the recently held Enterprise Architecture Seminar for Nigeria Banking Industry in Lagos.

 
West Africa’s foremost Information Technology Company, Resourcery Plc. in conjunction with TriVersa, its subsidiary arm played host to leading IT professionals at the first Enterprise Architecture Seminar for the Banking Industry.

The seminar with the theme ‘Enterprise Architecture Enabled Business Value’ afforded banking and IT stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss initiatives on IT standards as well as the significance of effective implementation of Enterprise Architecture (EA) in the Nigerian banking industry.

TriVersa, an Enterprise Intelligence solutions company, is a subsidiary of Resourcery PLC.

The company specialises in assisting large enterprises in architecting and implementing enterprise-wide intelligence solutions such as Analytics, Risks, Compliance and Fraud prevention.

The company also has a track record in assisting large enterprises such as Banks to mature their Enterprise architecture as well as adopt the right architecture framework to underpin their business-oriented IT strategy.

TriVersa in partnership with ATE Enterprises UK and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), provided participants with vital information on adopting The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) as the de-facto EA framework for banking enterprises, the link between EA and the business of banking as well as relationships of the framework with other standards and frameworks such as ITiL, IT4IT and Zachman.

Motayo Williams, managing director, TriVersa, in his opening remark, stated that “The seminar was aimed at fostering ease of EA adoption and to promote a vision beyond regulatory compliance among the Nigerian banks. Resourcery in collaboration with TriVersa and ATE Enterprises, have carefully designed an EA Program that will ensure a unique and accelerated experience  for each of the banks if adopted”.

Aaron Yadamu, system analyst representing the Central Bank of Nigeria, in his keynote address titled ‘CBN on Enterprise Architecture Standards’, reiterated the core objective of this seminar saying “TOGAF is the most widely adopted framework for Enterprise Architecture in Nigeria and most parts of the World that provide detailed methodology/customization to meet both business and information technology needs of an organization. The Financial Industry is expected to comply with TOGAF standard as prescribed by IT Standards Council.”

Judith Jones, managing director, ATE Enterprises and a renowned advocate of TOGAF Worldwide during her presentation addressed specifically the challenges for Nigerian Banks‎ for Enterprise Architecture and ways forward.

She stressed “The value of Enterprise Architecture frameworks (i.e. TOGAF)  as an enabler for creating, maintaining and evolving future IT state; towards underpinning short and long term business needs and services”.

She also described eloquently, the benefits that are directly attributable to training, certification and mentoring on TOGAF.

In addition to the topical presentations, experiences from business organisations that have already adopted the Enterprise Architecture journey were also shared for the benefit of all.

Angela Chike-Dike, senior account manager, Banking Industry for Resourcery, in her closing remarks added that “Our responsibility as an innovative and customer-centric organisation is to provide clients with cutting edge advantages that deliver on their business objectives. We are spearheading Enterprise Architecture adoption so as to fast track the growth and development of Nigerian Banks in line with best global practices and standards.” 

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Cybercrime Profits Estimated at $1.5 trillion

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New criminal platforms and a booming cybercrime economy have resulted in $1.5 trillion in illicit profits being acquired, laundered, spent and reinvested by attackers.

This was one of the findings of a study commissioned by Bromium, a virtualisation-based endpoint security company.

Called ‘Into the Web of Profit’, the study was conducted by Dr Mike McGuire, senior lecturer in criminology at Surrey University, and draws from first-hand interviews with convicted cybercriminals, data from international law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and covert observations conducted across the dark Web.

The Web of profit

According to Bromium, the study is one of the first studies to examine the dynamics of cybercrime by scrutinising revenue flow and profit distribution, instead of the mechanisms of cybercrime alone.

It looks at the cybercrime-based economy and the professionalisation of cybercrime. “This economy has become a self-sustaining system, an interconnected Web of profit that blurs the lines between the legitimate and illegitimate.”

Conservative estimates

The research shows cybercriminal revenues worldwide of at least $1.5 trillion, the same as the GDP of Russia, a number Bromium calls a ‘conservative estimate’. “If cybercrime was a country, it would have the 13th highest GDP in the world.”

This figure includes $860 billion made from illicit or illegal online markets, $500 billion from theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, $160 billion in data trading, $1.6 billion for Crimeware-as-a-Service, and $1 billion from ransomware.

According to the report, the dark economy is made up of a variety of operations, from large ‘multinational’ operations that rake in profits of over $1 billion, to SME-style entities where profits of between $300 00 and $50 000 are expected.

Platform criminality

In addition, the research revealed an emergence of ‘platform criminality’, mirroring the platform capitalism model employed by businesses such as Uber and Amazon, where data itself is the commodity. New criminality models are enabled by these platforms, which, in turn, fund broader scourges such as human trafficking, drugs and terrorism.

Gregory Webb, CEO of Bromium, says the report delivered ‘shocking insight’ into how profitable and widespread cybercrime really is.

“The platform criminality model is productising malware and making cybercrime as easy as shopping online. Not only is it easy to access cybercriminal tools, services and expertise, it means enterprises and governments alike are going to see more sophisticated, costly and disruptive attacks.”

A range of agents

The report also suggests that cybercrime shouldn’t be strictly compared to business, as by nature it is more like an economy, with a ‘hyper-connected range of economic agents, economic relationships and other factors’ that work together to generate, support and maintain criminal revenues at an ‘unprecedented scale’, says McGuire.

Because legitimate businesses and nation states are now profiting from cybercrime, the study believes there is now an interdependence between the legitimate and illegitimate economies. Organisations are acquiring data and competitive advantage from the dark economy, and using it as a tool for strategy, global advancement and social control, says Bromium.

“There is a range of ways in which many leading and respectable online platforms are now implicated in enabling or supporting crime (albeit unwittingly, in most cases),” says McGuire.

No hope of control

Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of web security company High-Tech Bridge, says the report is 100% right in saying that cybercrime has become a highly profitable and sustainable business that no government can hope to control.

However, he suggests that it may have missed some figures, because the most serious cybercrimes, such as nation-state attacks or offensive operations from large conglomerates against competitors, are rarely detected, yet alone exposed.

“Publicly accessible platforms in the dark Web have a lot of scam and fake ads intertwined with law enforcement honeypots, too,” adds Kolochenko.

And he says the fight against cybercrime isn’t getting easier. “Professional Black Hats usually have inconspicuous private platforms, lawfully hosted in AWS or Azure, with full encryption of all data. You cannot get access unless you are a long-standing and verified partner.

“Nothing is less certain than global cybercrime size and volume,” concludes Kolochenko.

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NOTAP Targets Tech Advancement with IPTTO

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National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) has expressed optimism that setting up Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) would lead to fast tracked technological advancement of the country.

 

Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim, director general of NOTAP,  disclosed this during the commissioning ceremony 42nd Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO) at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina (UMYU).

 

Represented by Mr. Adamu Tandama, director Consultancy Services of the agency; Ibrahim said NOTAP in 2006 initiated the programme in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) but became fully operational in 2007 with the establishment of five Offices as pilot Institutions.

 

He pointed out that the establishment of IPTTO in some Nigerian knowledge institutions was to create awareness on the importance of intellectual property, its protection as well as fast-track the technological advancement of the nation.

 

He added that in the cause of registration of technology transfer agreements which is one of the major functions of the Office, NOTAP realized that over 90 percent of the technology that powers the Nigerian economy was foreign and for a country that strives to be among the twenty richest nations of the world in 2020, the situation was unacceptable.

 

He further stated that what differentiates developed and developing countries are the number of inventions and innovations emanating from their knowledge institutions, stressing that whereas the knowledge institutions of the developed countries are carrying out researches that will provide solutions to human problems, researchers in the developing countries carry out researches as mere academic works and for career progression.

 

Dr. Ibrahim reiterated that while some of the IPTTO’s established have started turning out patents and some commercialisable inventions, others are struggling to build their inventive and innovative culture which was apparently very weak.

 

Prof. Idris Isa Funtua, Vice Chancellor of UMYU, in his address, thanked NOTAP for counting the institution worthy of benefiting from the IPTTO programme.

 

He said the University was established eleven years ago to promote academic excellence and that the establishment of IPTTO will boost their research and development drive to attain the desired technological development.

 

He said no country can develop without giving science and technology the pride of place, adding that the establishment of IPTTO in the Institution will refocus their research attention to a more demand and market driven research rather than just for academic purposes.

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Ecobank Launches Fintech Challenge Competition for African Start-Ups

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Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO

Ecobank. the leading pan-African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge.

 

Now in its second year, the initiative gives African start-ups the chance to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially to partner Ecobank in rolling-out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets.

 

Ecobank is currently welcoming submissions from all start-ups and developers in any of Africa’s 54 countries to enter its 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge at http://EcobankFintech.com

 

10 Finalists will be selected to participate in an Awards and Innovation Fair at the global headquarters of Ecobank in Lomé, Togo in July 2018.

 

Following a series of pitches from the finalists, a panel of judges will select the top three winners, who will receive cash prizes worth $10,000, $7,000, and $5,000 respectively.

 

All 10 finalists will also be conferred Ecobank Fintech Fellows and will qualify to explore opportunities to partner with Ecobank including:

 

Multi-national product roll-out: the most commercially viable start-ups can launch their products in Ecobank’s 33 markets across Africa

Service provider partner deals: start-ups with deep capabilities to become pan-African service partners within Ecobank’s ecosystem

Mentoring and networking support: founders will be conferred as Ecobank Innovation Fellows for a year, which grants them access to networking and mentoring from Ecobank’s vast global network of technology leaders, fintech experts, investors and management coaches.

 

Mr. Ade Ayeyemi, Group CEO, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, reiterated Ecobank’s dedication to support innovations in banking and finance across the continent, stating, “We, at Ecobank, believe that the current winds of change led by technology and innovation will redefine how banks do business, and indeed the relationships people have with their money. We want to be at the forefront of this change, in partnership with Africa’s rising start-ups, and that is why we created the Ecobank Fintech Challenge”.

 

Mr. Eddy Ogbogu, Ecobank Group Executive for Operations and Technology said, “The maiden 2017 edition of the Challenge proved that Africa has an impressive army of highly capable fintech start-ups. Ecobank is looking forward to another successful competition.”

 

Ecobank Fintech Challenge was designed in partnership with the advisory firm Konfidants and is supported by several partners across Africa and globally. Applications for the competition will close on 20th May, 2018.

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