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Experts Urge FG to Establish National Cyber Security Centre



L-R: Remi Afon, President of CSEAN; Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications and expert at the event
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Experts, under the auspices of the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) have urged the Federal Government to establish a National Cyber Security Centre, saying it will ostensibly tackle the menace of cyber crimes in Nigeria.


They took this position as part of the resolutions reached at this year’s Cyber Secure Nigeria Conference, which was organised by CSEAN in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.


At the well-attended conference, which attracted security agencies and stakeholders from the public and private sector of the Nigeria’s economy, the experts advise that the National Cyber Security Centre should be saddled with the responsibility of coordinating and implementing the National cyber security policy and strategy.


Remi Afon, President of CSEAN, said “As people who should know in the field of cyber security, we believe that establishing a National Cyber Security Centre by the Federal Government, will help build a resilient cyber security defense for our country.”


Afon added that, unfortunately, cybersecurity in Nigeria is currently under-resourced and lacks the appropriate long-term funding in both the public and private sector. But going forward, the Federal Government needs to invest in research, whose findings will meet and response to cybersecurity threats in a timely fashion and to nurturing human resource capabilities.


This, he believe will form a basis of finding lasting solution to the menace of cyber security in Nigeria.


All over the world, new regulations are coming out and are being adopted to protect personal data, respond to the ever-changing complex technological landscape. Thus, the 3-day conference with the theme “Implementing Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Practices in Nigeria” was organised.


According to CSEAN, the conference will put organizations under stricter obligations to be fairer and more transparent to the way personal data are being handled, arguing that failure to enact data protection law leaves the citizens of Nigeria exposed to data breaches.


He noted that cybercriminals are stepping up their game and data breaches are increasingly common and devastating. “While cybercriminals are collaborating, sharing information and providing 24/7 support services in the dark web on various cybercrime activities ranging from malware creation, compromised passwords sale, zero-day vulnerabilities, the government and private sectors in Nigeria are working in silos,” he posited.


He suggests, to adequately tackle cybercrime in Nigeria, the government must partner and engage with industry and cybersecurity organisations.


Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said the best way to curtail cybercrime in Nigeria is for stakeholders to implement global best practices, saying it will ensure speedy implementation of requisite policies.


Osinbajo, who was represented at the conference by the Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, added that there is a need to jointly work together and the menace of cyber crimes as nobody, including corporate entities are not immune.


“As a government, we believe that cyber security has come to us, as individual and national development increasingly rely on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to thrive,” he stated.


Cyber Secure Nigeria Conference has become an annual event; this year is the fifth of its kind and it aims to prepare participants through workshops, plenary, technical and breakout sessions on how to implement cybersecurity and data privacy practices in Nigeria.


The conference is packed with rich cyber security and data privacy topics to be delivered by distinguished speakers. I hope you will all enjoy the conference and bring home with you an unforgettable memory.


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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Stay Clear of Our Masts, ATCON Warns NCAA



Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON
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Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has urged the federal government to restraint Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which is threatening to demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country.


ATCON said that telecommunications services would be adversely affected if NCAA carries out its threat.


NCAA had earlier in the week said it will demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country with immediate effect.


The NCAA had said the demolition exercise would similarly affect some banks and financial institutions that had discountenanced its regulatory requirements on the clearance to erect any high structure within navigable airspace in the country.


Mr Sam Adurogboye, general manager, Public Relations, NCCA, had said, “A total of 8,805 masts belonging to the aforementioned organisations will be decommissioned forthwith. The NCAA wishes to reiterate that it will continue to apply requisite sanctions for violation of extant regulations, especially, where the resolve of the authority is tested.”


This came after the NCAA in April had warned all Global System for Mobile Communications providers and telecom operators against the violation of safety regulations, with a 30-day ultimatum handed down for compliance.


But Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON, condemned the move to destroy the towers, saying the Federal Government would rebuild them.


Teniola said, “We are disappointed that the government is still involved in the destruction of much-needed infrastructure that provides services for those communities that will be impacted by the stance that the NCAA has made.


“We have said in the past, and in support of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, that those base stations and towers that are destroyed would not be rebuilt. We expect the government to now rebuild what they have destroyed.”



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Workz Group to Deliver 50m eSims by 2024



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Workz Group, Mobile and IoT solutions provider, has announced a long-term partnership with the manufacturer of mobile IoT modules to deliver a projected 50 million embedded SIMs (eSIMs) by 2024.


The deal sees Workz provide secure data generation, management and personalisation for eSIM chips to be deployed globally by the cellular module leader for use in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.


Workz, which offers eSIM technology and cloud management platforms to device manufacturers, network operators, technology enablers and governments, was recognised in an industry report by BIS Research earlier this year as a key player in the eSIM market.


Workz is the only GSMA-certified manufacturer of eSIM technology (EUM) in the Middle East and Africa.


The certification guarantees the secure management of data both physically and virtually during production and personalisation of eSIMs.


Personalisation refers to the upload of the SIM’s unique information to its smart chip.


Workz is one of only six providers in the world to carry such accreditation and possesses two certified facilities located in Dubai and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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VDT communications Launches 4G LTE Advanced services



L-R: Mr. Adewale Akinade, Head, Finance & Account; Mrs. Bimbo Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director; Mr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO; Mr. Victor Omoyeni and Mr. Dan Adah, Head, Corporate & Retail Sales all of VDT Communications during the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.
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VDT communications, a leading broadband communications service provider has launched its retail data network – 4G LTE Advanced service into the market.


The product themed:”Live the life” is aimed at bridging the dearth and poor quality network gap being witnessed in the market today.


Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited, Speaking at the media launch, said that their decision of launching 4G LTE service is to bridge the gaps that exist in the market due to poor quality networks, poor customer service and inadequate support service.

L-R: Abimbola Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer, VDT Communications Limited, Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited and Engr.Victor Omoyeni, Chief Technology Officer the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.


He noted that with VDT’s 4G LTE Advanced Data Service all these yawning gaps will be filled with superior network quality, top-notch network performance and proactive customer and support services.


He explained that the opportunity to actualize this dream came with the successful acquisition of a broad channel 2.3GHz Spectrum from the Federal Government through Bitflux Communications Limited; a consortium which VDT is the principal partner.


According to him, “VDT LTE is leveraging on the Bitflux network it painstakingly and deliberately built from the scratch to provide premium quality 4Gbroadband experience in the country.


“So our ultimate goal is to offer members of the public an exceptional broadband experience every time they use our network.

Home CPE on display during the launch


“Thus, enhancing all aspects of their lives qualitatively and quantitatively; helping them to achieve more and truly live the life they are meant to!”


Omoniyi said that based on the huge acceptance and patronage the product received during the pre-launch test period, they intend to deploy the first phase in Lagos state where they have 80% network coverage, with hope of covering the remaining 20% in no distance time.


He added that they plan to deploy this product to four other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.

VDT’s Mobile Mifi Devices


According to him, “our official service launch is scheduled to take place early next month in Lagos.


“With the huge acceptance and patronage we received during the pre-launch test period with about 80% network coverage of Lagos State, VDT LTE would expand strategically to cover the entire Lagos State and other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.


“Our products range includes home CPE and mobile mifi devices at highly attractive rates.


“These we offer with free 30GB of data. We also offer the most attractive free night browsing [8pm to 7am] plan available in the industry.


“Furthermore, we still offer a free power bank[depending on the home CPE purchased]. Our data plans also come in highly affordable rates; as low as N3,500 and unlimited internet data plan at low prices.”

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