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Stakeholders Seek Patronage of Indigenous Software

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Worried by challenges to the development of indigenous software, stakeholders in that space met this week to seek ways to move software ecosystem forward, in order to build a strong software industry for the country.

 

The meeting was at the instance of National Information Technology Development agency (NITDA).

 

Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, director general of the agency, said that a developed indigenous software space will help the country to diversify its economy from oil which will in near future be irrelevant.

 

“The best software developers in the world are Nigerians, and the country is among 50 software countries in the world.”

 

He wondered why Nigerians don’t value or respect software codes written in the country, and attributed it to perception which needs to be changed.

 

“No country will develop with this kind of perception, what we develop we should make sure that it is used,” he added.

 

He cited a running battle between NITDA and Bank of Industry (BoI) over the later use of foreign software in its operation against the directive that no federal government agency should use foreign software.

 

“We pay attention to regulation at NITDA to ensure that what is produce in Nigeria is being patronized, this in turn will create employment opportunities through entrepreneurship,” he said.

 

Mrs. Moni Udoh, Director, ICT, Federal Ministry of Communications, tasked Nigerian software developers to develop software that will help in addressing security issues especially in protecting the country’s cyber space.

 

She said; “Our system has failed us but technology can assist us if we have the right technology. So, there is need to adopt the right technology in the development of ICT products and solutions.”

 

James Agada, managing director, CWG Plc, urged NITDA to streamline what the agency wants to achieve in the software space of the country and also have a database of indigenous software as well as protection of intellectual property.

 

Speaking on human capacity issues, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Managing Director, InfoGraphics Nigeria, stressed the need to build a local content economy and that software should be geared towards building human capacity.

 

“Nigeria must expand its cloud to encompass all its generations wherever they may live, work and play. Nigeria is not educating enough of its people to power a digital economy. 78% stop formal education at JSS 2 lacking even digital literacy skills for self-help, entrepreneurship let alone innovation.

 

“In particular, it must enable its youths with the fundamental skills required to be participants in the 21st Century digital economy.

 

“Technology will be critical in offering national content for leveraging multiple learning modalities, so students can experience learning differentiated to their particular needs and learning styles,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fewer Data Breaches in First Half of 2018, but Far More Records Stolen – Report

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Digital security provider Gemalto has released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches.

According to a press release, 945 data breaches resulted in 4.5 billion data records compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018. This represents an increase of 133 percent in the number of records stolen compared with the same period in 2017.

During the first six months of 2018, more than 25 million records were compromised or exposed every day. Only 1 percent of stolen, lost or compromised records were encrypted, a 1.5 percent decline in encrypted records year over year.

Six social media breaches — including the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook incident — accounted for more than 56 percent of records compromised.

Almost 15 billion data records have been exposed since 2013, when the Breach Level Index began benchmarking publicly disclosed data breaches, according to the release.

North America still makes up the largest percentage of breaches and compromised records, at 59 and 72 percent, respectively. The United States is the most popular target for attacks, accounting for more than 57 percent of global breaches and 72 percent of all records stolen.

Europe saw 36 percent fewer incidents but a 28 percent increase in the number of records breached, indicating growing severity of attacks. The United Kingdom remains the most breached country in the region.

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Stakeholders Worry as MDAs Plans to Import Software

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Nigerian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has continued to grow beyond bookmakers’ predictions.

 

However, despite the high number of ICT professionals in Nigeria, adequate attention has not been given to the issue of developing and building local contents.

 

Recently, it was reported that some ministries will be spending a significant part of their budget on the importation of foreign software.

 

This is amidst concerns over wastage and penchant for technology importation of locally available technologies.

 

Worried stakeholders in the sector have urged the federal government to do everything in its powers to support local content in ICT.

 

Chris Uwaje, Director General, Delta State Innovation Hub, called on federal government to create national strategy on software development as well create a park where people can work and come out with productive output.

 

He noted that Nigerian technology space is underfunded and unprotected and thereby urged the government to ensure that 10% of its national budget is earmarked for the development of ICT sector in the country.

 

He explained that local content development is a topical issue in the country, stressing that local content is when a product is developed in Nigeria by Nigerians or anywhere else in the world but the product does not require foreign remittance.

 

Uwaje, commended Systemspecs for developing Treasury Single Account for the federal government, noting that they deserve national merit award for harmonizing government accounts into one.

 

He also called on government to build knowledge labs in our schools to ensure bottom up growth for our children in ICT development.

 

Nodding in agreement, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, director general, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), assured stakeholders at a recent event that his agency will encourage local software.

 

“I assure you that NITDA will do all it can within its powers to ensure no single kobo of the Federal Government will be spent on acquiring technology that local and capable alternatives exist.

 

“We have charged our local content office (ONC) to continue to be vigilant in surveillance and to be agile in driving enforcement of the Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT.

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Nigeria Exchanges 110 Gigabyte Per Second of Traffic Locally

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Nigeria internet ecosystem has achieved a significant milestone with the exchange of 110 gigabtye per second bandwidth of traffic locally, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek has learnt.

 

This feat represents an increase of 10,000 percent over the past five years and 40 percent of telecommunications operators and internet service providers (ISPs) traffic in the country.

 

Nigeria CommunicationsWeek investigations revealed that in June 2018 the country was exchanging 30 percent of all its internet traffic locally, this means that it added 10 percent in five months as against adding 20 percent between 2015 and June 2018.

 

Explaining this boost, Muhammed Rudman, managing director, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that the growth could be attributed to level of awareness among Nigerians of the impact of local hosting on the economy, cost of internet as well as quality of service.

 

“A lot of Nigerians are now hosting their servers locally and we at the Exchange have attracted because of our huge size some of the big players in internet content into the country, such as Google, Facebook and AKamai and presently we are trying to bring other bigger ones into the country. Major contributor to this huge increase came from Facebook which has fully connected to the exchange.

 

Akamai is the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. Akamai makes the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers. The company’s advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere.

 

He added that most of government websites are now hosted locally as well as private organizations. “But in terms of real content such as videos, Nollywood videos are not yet hosted in the country. This accounts for substantially what the other African countries would be searching for in Nigeria, unfortunately this is not yet hosted in the country. We hope that the likes of IroTV will start hosting locally.

 

“Videos are heavy, they occupy a lot of space and the cost of hosting in Nigeria is still on the high side, considering the volume it brings into the country it might cost them far more that what they are currently paying internationally.

 

“Secondly, the movie industry has not taken advantage of the internet for now; aside IroTv there is no other local internet platform that host Nollywood videos.

 

“More so, there is no demand to some extent of online videos. Nigerians are not watching videos online like downloading of a whole movie to watch because the capacity is not there, for instance, if you want to download a movie on you mobile phone to watch and the movie is heavy it will take your data and meanwhile data is expensive in Nigeria and so you might eventually not try it. But, if broadband becomes pervasive in the country and the industry matured they will start hosting locally just like Netflix in America where everybody is watching Netflix just because they have high speed internet access,” he said.

 

Mark Tinka, head of engineering at Seacom, a submarine cable operator with a network of submarine and terrestrial high-speed fibre-optic cable that serves the east and west coasts of Africa, said Most African Internet users tend to get much more of their content from Europe than from the US.

 

“Seacom’s dream is to one day be able to keep the majority of traffic on the continent, thereby reducing the amount of money Africa spends on transporting traffic to Europe. That will also help to drive more Internet penetration in Africa because of a reduction in cost of business,” Tinka noted.

 

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