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Cyber Security Experts Task Organisations to Secure Operation Amid Increasing Threats

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L-R: Mr. Roland Martey of IBM Security Solutions (Central & West Africa); Mr Akpos Okoro, MD/CEO of ITANDT Solutions Ltd and Mr. Khalid Shaban of IBM Security Solutions (Middle East & Africa) at the one-day ‘Secure Enterprise 2019’ organised by ITANDT, IBM and Interdist Alliances in Lagos on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
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Cyber security experts have advised organisations that handle financial services and sensitive user data to proactively adopt measures to protect themselves from the increasing wave of cyber security threats.

 

They gave this advice on Tuesday at an event, “Secure Enterprise 2019” organised by ITANDT Solutions Limited, a leading software development and IT Security company, in collaboration with International Business Machines (IBM) and Interdist Alliances, a Value-Added Distributor (VAD).

 

The event which was well attended by leading financial institutions and some other companies, was used to expose new risks and challenges being faced in the cyber world as well as the technologies they could adopt to address them.

 

Speaking at the event, Mr Akpos Okoro,  MD/CEO of ITANDT Solutions Limited, said today’s cyber supply chain has removed the traditional security perimeter as enterprises adopt cloud, mobile, Internet of Things and social technologies.

 

“There’s no such thing as perfect security. An agile and commercially pragmatic approach is essential for the growth and innovation required to thrive in the new world,” he said, adding, “If measures are not in place to timely detect and rapidly respond to incidents, irreparable brand damage and financial losses could occur.”

 

At the event, two experts from IBM described how IBM has helped organisations to work ahead of the cyber criminals and also avoid heavy regulatory sanctions.

 

Ronald Martey of IBM Security Solutions (Central and West Africa) described how IBM top leading Security Intelligence solution, QRadar SIEM consolidates siloed information to more effectively detect and manage complex threats.

 

According to him, the secret behind QRadar being the solution of choice is mainly because of its Watson cognitive (embedded Artificial Intelligence) ability to fight cybercrime, coupled with its ability to integrate with IBM and other third party components for automated response to intrusion attempts or incidents.

 

Also, at the event, Khalid Shaban of IBM Security (Middle East and Africa) described how IBM addresses some other challenges, through the use of IBM MaaS360 with Watson, an Enterprise Mobility Management/ Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Solution.

 

The solution enables organizations that use mobile devices in the corporate network to achieve desired productivity without compromising control of what users do with such devices while accessing corporate resources.

 

Khalid also described how IBM Guardian Analyzer helps organizations to confidently demonstrate compliance with GDPR, PCI DSS and other data protection regulations.

 

It also guides database administrators and managers to proactively detect vulnerabilities and prioritize fixing them before they become big issues.

 

Mr. Raphael Nwosu, General Manager at ITANDT Solutions Limited also briefed the press on how the company has been empowering the businesses of various organisations in partnership with world leading technology like IBM and Interdist Alliances

 

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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MTN Bars Staff from HQ over Threats by NANS to Disrupt Operations

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Management of MTN Nigeria has directed staffs to stay away from its headquarters in Lagos today in case the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and some other youth-based groups make good their threats to picket the telecom giant over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.

 

MTN Nigeria is a subsidiary of MTN Group South Africa, which came under threat along with other companies with South African connections over the continuous attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa.

 

According to TheCable, MTN Nigeria received a letter from NANS and other of the planned picketing.

 

“Right now, I am talking to you from my house. They told us to stay at home because they are scared that the picketing might turn violent.

 

“The last time that the NLC guys came, some staff sustained injuries and they want to avoid that at the moment.

 

“We might still go but they want to monitor the situation first.”

 

TheCable understands that the associations are displeased with the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, thus they made plans to protest at South African businesses.

 

There have been recorded cases of Nigerians losing their lives in xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

 

The latest record of a Nigerian who lost their life in South Africa is Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), who was killed in her hotel room.

 

At 12pm, the company dispatched buses to pick up staff so normal activities could resume.

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GSMA Signs £38M Funding Partnership with DFID

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The GSMA has announced that it has signed a thirty-eight million-pound partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The ‘Partnership for Inclusion, Innovation and Scale’ will provide funding for the GSMA’s Mobile for Development work on digital inclusion, digital identity, energy, water, sanitation and the reduction of the mobile gender gap. It will also include two new areas of focus: disability and climate.

“This landmark partnership with DFID reinforces the joint power and potential of the private and public sectors working together and ensures that we will continue our crucial role of stimulating digital innovation to deliver both sustainable business and large-scale socio-economic impact for the underserved,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA.

“This project reinforces our commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and using the power of technology to reduce global inequalities.”

The partnership will unearth critical insights on the needs of the underserved and identify and invest in mobile-enabled innovations and business models which can drive inclusion at scale. New technologies and business models, such as mobile money and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar energy, have been crucial to delivering socio-economic impact to the underserved.

DFID, one of the world’s first donors to embrace digital technologies, has been at the forefront of these innovations.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme is experienced in bringing digital innovations to scale, by engaging the private sector, especially mobile operators and digital innovators.

The new partnership builds on the GSMA’s long-standing relationship with DFID. Since 2013, over 20 million lives across 39 countries have been impacted, of which over 70% have been women. The link-up has already impacted all 17 SDGs, in particular SDG 5 which focuses on Gender Equality, SDG 10 which focuses on Reduced Inequalities and SDG 7 which looks at Affordable and Clean Energy.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme was established to drive innovation in digital technology to reduce inequalities in the world. In particular, the programme aims to deliver sustainable business and large-scale socio-economic impact for the underserved.

The programme sits at the intersection of the mobile ecosystem and the development sector and provides unique research and insights, and in-market expertise that unites the mobile industry, tech innovators, governments and the development community.

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Yolanda Cuba joins MTN as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer

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MTN Group has announced appointment of Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer.

 

Yolanda will join the MTN Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter.

 

In this role Yolanda will lead the Group’s strategic expansion of its financial services and digital solutions efforts and transformation into a digital operator.

 

Yolanda brings extensive telecommunications and leadership experience to MTN Group.

 

She joins MTN Group from Vodacom, where she served as Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A.

 

She was previously the CEO of Vodafone Ghana for a three-year period, a role that saw her named Telecom CEO of the Year in 2018.

 

“This role gives me the opportunity to drive digital innovation and financial inclusion across the Group’s vast footprint.

 

“I’m really looking forward to the new challenge and being part of the MTN leadership team”, said Yolanda.

 

Rob Shuter said, “We are very pleased to bring an executive of Yolanda’s calibre into MTN Group.

 

“Yolanda is a highly qualified and experienced executive, with a unique combination of operational telecommunications experience as well as finance, financial services and digital skills.

 

“I am confident that Yolanda’s leadership will place us in good stead as we intensify our efforts to build a digital ecosystem and scale our fintech offering across our markets”.

 

Under Yolanda’s leadership, MTN will continue to progressively grow the fintech and digital opportunities in Africa as we see these areas as major drivers of our BRIGHT growth strategy. Yolanda’s start date will be communicated in due course.

 

 

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