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Technology Is Changing: Security, Other Realities CIOs Must Face



(L-r): Emeka Nwokeke, business development manager, Sunnet systems; Isaac Folahan, personal assistant to the GMD Skye Bank; Kehinde Shogunle, executive director, Sunnet Systems; Waheed Adeoye, server specialist at IBM Atinuke Runsewe, team Lead System administration First Bank; Ibrahim Adisa, head of Infrastructure First bank and Steve Ojedele, head of Sales Sunnet Systems, during recent Sunnet-IBM Forum on Datacentres Infrastructure Economy.

By peter oluka

Big Data has become one of the driving forces behind the global economy as an individual today generates more data than an organization would few years back.

The trends are underpinning business decisions; assisting them to generate multiple options on how to meet customer needs, as Wikibon’s study projects that big data will be a $50 billion business by end of 2017. Same time, the level of security breaches has increased.

To this end, the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) have even more responsibilities to put their respective organization on the right path for survivability, particularly, as estimated by analysts: poor data can cost businesses 20%–35% of their operating revenue.

To tackle the enormous tasks, Sunnet Systems at its one-day forum tagged ‘Datacenter Infrastructure Economics – Tip the scales with the Power of IBM Systems’, emphasized that the CIOs must understand that data is changing, cloud innovations are expanding, and mobile and social are changing the whole scenarios of operations.

In an exclusive interview with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, executive director of Sunnet Systems said that the concern for IT security is very high due to the pervasiveness of digital presence in today’s business environment.

“There is a cogent reason to be concerned about security, because no business can survive today without going digital. It’s either you transform or get kicked out of the market. However, the confidence I need to the CIOs is that majority of Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEMs) have security inbuilt to whatever systems they have.

“Also, there are cognitive systems that work faster; they understand security reasoning, learn about patterns and interact. Once they see out of step movement in systems, they raise queries. A company like IBM has such solution with a rich base of researchers. So, it is now more convenient for organizations to consider seriously moving their technology to the cloud, because the configurations of the infrastructure that drive the cloud are already built with top security solutions. The CEOs need to work with the CIOs to make this happen in their respective organizations,” Sogunle said.

“The ‘man’ (CIO) that is given the work to inform people should also be informed. H/she ought to know things like the patterns of security breaches. This can start from the point of enlightening people,” Mr. Steve Ojedele, head of Sales at the Sunnet Systems told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, adding that every CIO should have knowledge about data, cloud innovation and mobile and social”.

He said that the trends are changing the whole scenarios of operations. “An individual today generates more data today than an organization would about ten years ago. If that is happening, we need stills to mine and process the data- structured, semi-structured and unstructured. These are the current trends that CIOs should be aware of so they can give better ‘information’ as a means to increase productivity and the profitability of their respective businesses”, Ojedele added.

The interactive forum provided participants with an excellent opportunity to meet experts from both Sunnet Systems and IBM; discuss on how to discover the secrets and smarter ways of dealing with the environment in the IT world.

It also provided thought provoking insights to CIOs and Senior ICT executives through a mix of end presentations and customer testimonial/case studies giving the CIOs the opportunity to hear about the latest global ICT trends and best practices and become involved in general discussions with other participants.


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Ex-Mainstreet Bank Boss Remanded in Prison over Forgery



Mr Chester Ukandu, former managing director, Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited, and Mr Achi George, director of the company, have been remanded in prison custody over alleged forging Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) documents.


The two ex- officials were ordered to be remanded by Justice O. A. Williams of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja after they pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy and forgery brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


According to Mrs Zainab Ettu, the EFCC prosecutor, the suspects between February 6 and 7, 2012, conspired among themselves and forged the letter head paper of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited, with registration number: 613674, claiming that it emanated from Mainstreet Bank’s Registrars Limited.


They were also accused of forging a Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Form 2A, claiming that it emanated from CAC.


Ettu informed the court that the two suspects, who were formerly Managing Director and Director of the company, had retired from the company, only to unlawfully convert the company’s properties and bank account with Skye Bank for personal use.


The prosecutor also informed the court that the two defendants were apprehended after investigation was conducted on a petition written by the Company’s lawyer, Dr. Charles Mekwunye, after which they were consequently charged before the court. However, they all pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.


Following their plea, Samuel Agwuh, their Lawyer, informed the court that he had filed bail applications, and urged the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.


Responding, the prosecutor, informed the court that they were just served with the applications, and needed time to respond.


The prosecutor consequently urged the court to remand the defendants in custody pending when the bail applications will be heard. Ruling on the submissions of both parties, the presiding Judge, Justice O.A. Williams, ordered that the two defendants to be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons till April 10, when their bail applications will be entertained.

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Kaspersky says POS Malware Targets Chip and PIN Cards



Researchers from Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered that the cyber criminal group behind the Prilex point-of-sale (POS) malware now have the ability to turn stolen credit card data into functional plastic cards.

Employing ‘smart’ chip and PIN technology to protect payment cards has been widely used around the world over the past ten years, and its growing popularity has attracted attackers.

Prilex has been active in South America since 2014, and has evolved, shifting its efforts from ATM hacks to attacks on POS systems developed by Brazilian vendors. It is now using used stolen credit card information to create functional plastic cards.

This will allow crooks to perform fraudulent transactions in online and physical shops. “This is the first time that the researchers have seen in the wild such a full suite of tools for carrying out fraud. The cloned credit card works in any point-of-sale system in Brazil due to a faulty implementation of the EMV standard that means not all data is verified during the approval process,” says Kaspersky Lab.

How it works

Prilex malware is made up of three components: malware that modifies the POS system and intercepts the credit card information, a server to manage the illegally obtained information, and finally an application that the malware ‘client’ can use to view, clone or save statistics related to the cards.

“This is the most notable feature of the malware: its associated business model, where all the users’ needs are taken into account, including the need for a simple and friendly user interface,” adds Kaspersky.

Research shows that Prilex is distributed through the traditional postal service, convincing victims to grant computer access to the criminals for a remote support session, which is then used to install the malware. The majority of victims tend to be traditional shops, such as petrol stations, supermarkets and typical retail markets.

Thiago Marques, security analyst at Kaspersky Lab, says Prilex offers attackers everything from a graphic user interface to well-designed modules that can be used to create different credit card structures.

Chip and PIN technology is still relatively new in some parts of the world, such as the US, and many people are not aware of the risk of credit card cloning and abuse.

In Brazil, Prilex has been able to take advantage of a faulty implementation of the industry standards, emphasising the importance of developing secure, future proof standards for payment technologies, he added.

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FG Approves Cisco Networking Academy in Federal Unity Colleges



The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education has approved the Cisco Networking Academy Program as well as the establishment of 6 Internet of things (IoT) innovation centres across the Federal Unity Colleges in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

This initiative is part of Cisco’s strategic partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education to provide access to quality ICT education in the Country.

The project is driven by one of Cisco’s Networking Academy Support Centres, UNITeS, and so far, two IoT Innovation Centres have already been established at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba and at FGC, Bwari, Abuja.

Speaking at the official opening and inauguration of one of the Innovation Centres at Queen’s College, Lagos, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by the Director of ICT, Federal Ministry of Education, Ifegwu Orji, stated: ‘Qualitative education in the modern world is intrinsically tied to the development and deployment of ICT in education.

This initiative by Cisco is highly commendable as it will train our students to become global problem solvers and to become competitive on a global level.  It is my earnest desire that this centre will produce great minds that will make a difference Nigeria”

The Minister went on to endorse and approve of all other Cisco long-term CSR programmes, urging all stakeholders in the sector to partner with the government in order to salvage the education system of the country towards the attainment of sustainable development, towards a digital economy.

CSR Programme Manager, Cisco Nigeria, Imoh Akpan remarked: “The establishment of these centres is one way that Cisco encourages the adoption and the application of technology.

Our aim is to boost the education sector, ensuring more students are exposed to skills for the digital economy, in the current 4th Industrial Revolution, thereby enhancing Nigeria’s global competitiveness, boosting socio-economic development, as well as promoting employability”.

The Unites Internet of Things Innovation Centre which is the first in Sub- Saharan Africa, designed to serve as a centre for research and development that will provide solutions to social challenges and developmental problems, and transform Federal Unity Colleges into smart schools for teaching and learning.

The intervention will provide our children with a competitive edge when entering higher education or the labour market.

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