Saturday, October 10, 2015

ISACA to address Nigerian cyber security issues @ 7th annual international conference

Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Abuja chapter, will address the country’s cyber security issues at its 7th annual international conference, ITRealms reports.

The conference which is being organised in commemoration of its 10th anniversary, on October 20-22, 2015, with the theme “Cyber Security: Aligning Nigeria with the Rest of the World,” will also provide valuable platform for policy dialogue, professional training and networking.

The conference, which holds at Rockview Hotels, ITRealms gathered, would attract ISACA members both local and international, IS/IT auditors, CIOs, CIS officers, compliance officers, risk managers, assurance and security staff. Other participants are enterprise architects, network administrators and analysts, accountants, finance officers, tax officers, and IT staff.  Bankers and forensic experts, staff of regulatory and professional bodies, lawmakers, lawyers, the Police, Armed forces, captains of industries and other related professionals complete the list of those who would attend the event.

According to President of the body, Mr. Opeyemi Onifade, the conference is the flagship IT governance, information systems security, assurance as well as enterprise risk management educational programme in Nigeria.

“Since its inception, the event has always attracted the interest of renowned professionals in the Nigerian ICT industry and beyond as it provides valuable platform for policy dialogue, professional training and networking among participants,“ he said.

Onifade, ITRealms learnt, disclosed that the following conference papers have been assigned to seasoned professional in order to prepare Nigeria for the cyber security challenges. software assurance: threats, vulnerabilities and controls, navigating the Internet of Things (IoT): privacy challenges; proliferation of citizen's biometric data- benefit delivery and risk implications (panel discussion); Big Data and Electronic Commerce : mitigating hacker exposure and risk; imperatives of legislative agenda for Cyber Security in Nigeria;  goal, attitude and behaviour for effective business leadership and career management.

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Reach for the Skye Millionaire Promo holds in Benin

The fourth draw of the Reach for the Skye Millionaire Promo was held in Benin, Edo State on Thursday, 8th October, ITRealms gathered.

The Bank’s ‘Reach for the Skye Millionaire’ reward scheme is an ongoing initiative which will see the bank give away the sum of N60 million in one year to customers who operate the Skye Save Plus account and maintain minimum credit balances of N2,000 on an upward basis. The higher the account balances, the more the chance of winning.

Pix above L-R: Head, Retail Banking, Skye Bank Plc. Nkolika Okoli; Celebrity host and comedian, Maleke; Executive Director, Retail Banking, Skye Bank, Mrs Ibiye Ekong; and, Regional Manager, Skye Bank, Edo State, Mrs Chinyere Emeribe at the fourth draw of the Skye Bank Reach for the Skye Millionaire Reward which took place at Oba Market, Benin City, Edo State on 8th October, 2015.

Pix b L-R: Head, Retail Banking, Skye Bank Plc. Nkolika Okoli; Zonal Coordinator, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Benin Zonal Office, Mrs Maureen Apata; Winner #100,000 category, Emmanuel Odiase; Executive Director, Retail Banking, Skye Bank, Mrs Ibiye Ekong; and, Regional Manager, Skye Bank, Edo State, Mrs Chinyere Emeribe.

Pix c L-R: Head, Retail Banking, Skye Bank Plc., Nkolika Okoli; Zonal Coordinator, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Benin Zonal Office, Mrs Maureen Apata; Executive Director, Retail Banking, Skye Bank; Mrs Ibiye Ekong; and, Regional Manager, Skye Bank, Edo State, Mrs Chinyere Emeribe, and Chairman Edo State Plastic Union, Comrade Keshi Saint Lawrence.

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Red Star Express awards scholarships

Red Star Express Plc, the foremost logistics services solution provider in Nigeria, has awarded scholarship to students from Unity Grammar School and Mafoluku Grammar School, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Lagos, ITRealms reports.

During the ceremony held in the schools, in honour of the beneficiaries, Red Star Express Managing Director, Mr. Sule Bichi, restated the strategic importance of primary and grassroots education as a catalyst for overall economic growth and long term improvement of life, explaining that the purpose of the scholarship was to encourage young and brilliant Nigerian students to aim for excellence.

To ensure continuity, he implored the beneficiaries to demonstrate continuous academic excellence throughout the duration of the scholarship; they must show exemplary character and integrity. He further encouraged other students to strive to be a Red Star Scholar as there is an opportunity for this every year, ITRealms informs.

The scholars from indigent homes and public schools were chosen based on presented evidence of demonstrated academic excellence through their previous results and a scholarship examination conducted by University of Lagos Consult.

He noted that the gesture was in accordance with the company’s philosophy of Corporate Social Responsibility which mandates the company to contribute to the development of the society. Red Star Express appropriates a percentage of its annual profit after tax towards the running of the “Red Star Foundation”.

Speaking on behalf of other recipients at the 2015 edition of the award of scholarship, Master Adebayo Mark, an SS1 student of Unity Grammar School, Oshodi, commended the company for its commitment to the scholarship programme which, in no small amount, has eased some of the burden shouldered by their parents, especially regarding their educational needs

Red Star Express Plc, ITRealms learnt, was set up twenty-three years ago to meet your express delivery service commitments through excellent service delivery. Today, the company is much more than an express delivery company but a total one stop logistics company. 

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Pix: From left to right: Victor Ukwat(GM Sales), Ogege Mathias(Scholar), Sule Bichi(Managing Director), Chinenye Ijeoma(Scholar),Asogwa Esther(scholar), Okoro Vivian(NEW Scholar),MR & MRS Okoro, Olufade Micheal(Scholar), Ngozi Ochokwu

APAC Hub expansion key to ICANN commitment to globalization

The Chief Operating Officer, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Susanna Wong Bennett, has said that expanding Asia Pacific (APAC) Hub is key to Ithe organisation's  strategic focus and commitment to globalization, ITRealms reports

She stressed that this development would position ICANN for long-term stability as it continues the work of maintaining a secure, stable and interoperable Internet and cements the vision of having three global hubs to serve the global community.

ITRealms gathered that ICANN announced recently that it has moved its APAC hub to a new office, located in the South Beach Tower in the Esplanade area. The move is in line with ICANN's expanded presence in the APAC region.

The Vice President and Managing Director, ICANN, Asia Pacific, Kuek Yu-Chuang, said, "We knew from the start that the APAC Hub had to play catch-up with the fast-evolving Internet user demographic in the region. To address the needs of the region, we quintupled our staff headcount over the past two years so that we are now able to provide a wide range of services."

 The ICANN APAC Hub was established in Singapore in August 2013 to better serve the stakeholders in this region and recently celebrated its second anniversary, ITRealms learnt

ICANN currently has a 30-strong staff team in the region, providing services such as registry and registrar support, stakeholder engagement, contractual compliance, security capacity building, communications and customer service, as well as support functions such as operations, IT, legal, finance and human resources.

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Friday, October 09, 2015

Danbatta, Emeka Mba to speak at Nigeria Telecom Impact CEO Forum 2015

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, are expected to address the Nigeria Telecom Impact CEO Forum 2015, ITRealms reports.  

Other speakers at the event include CEO of Galaxy Backbone, Yusuf Kazaure and his counterparts from MTN, Michael Ipoki; Airtel, Segun Ogunsanya; Etisalat, Matthew Wilsher; MainOne, Funke Opeke among other CEOs. 

ITRealms gathered that top Nigerian CEOs from diverse sectors of the economy will be gathering on October 30 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos, to deliberate on how the influence of telecommunications could contribute 25 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Themed “How Telecoms Can Contribute 25 per cent to the GDP by 2025”, the Impact CEO Forum would focus on the recently rebased GDP figures, which revealed that Nigeria’s telecommunications sector is “a star performer in the economy”.

Organiser of the event, ICT Watch Network, Mr. Tayo Adewusi, said as more sectors of the Nigerian economy appreciate the importance of telecommunications in improving their productivity and efficiency, there is a need to have an open platform where “C-level executives of various sectors will meet the telecommunication companies to discuss current trends and make realizable projections into the future”.

Adewusi said Impact CEO Forum is envisioned as the foremost influential meeting of top-level executives who will assess the impression of telecom on their businesses. As such, he informed, the event has attracted about 50 CEOs and 300 participants from all sectors of the economy from telecoms, agriculture, banking, entertainment, broadcasting and manufacturing, ITRealms learnt.

Other areas the influence of telecoms is heavily being felt is lottery and pooling, education, law, e-commerce, emergency management, tourism, customs and immigration. Others are travel and logistics, capital market, maritime, sports and government.

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Spinlet, SMAT Media collaboration gives birth to I Go Blow

Spinlet, Nigeria's leading music download and streaming service in collaboration with SMAT Media Technology, a complete revolution for Internet Customers, has unveiled an original web series: I Go Blow, ITRealms reports.

The launch came with a screening of the first three episodes at a special edition of its monthly Karaoke Night which held at the upscale restaurant, The Arena in Lagos.

I Go Blow showcases Spinlet’s move into wider media distribution, in addition to its core service offerings of promoting and selling music. Interwoven with comedy, the web series explores the issues that real artists face on their path to success. The main character, Xtra Large is a true reflection of many artists and their daily interactions with key stakeholders like radio On Air Personalities who are instrumental in the development of their music careers. Spinlet has also rolled out other original video content, including Lyrically Speaking and The Spindeck Show, targeting music lovers worldwide.

The launch of the web series provided an opportunity for various stakeholders within Nigeria’s music value chain, from OAPs to artistes as well as popular Nollywood stars to relax and unwind in a convivial atmosphere, ITRealms learnt. 

Some of the personalities who graced the event and also featured in I Go Blow include Tuebi Abidde, popularly known as Tuale of Wazobia 95.1 FM, Ife Salako also referred to as Ifektive of Naija102.7 FM, radio diva, Omotunde Adebowale, Lolo 1 of Wazobia FM, actress and producer, Judith Audu, MTV Shuga leading man, Emmanuel Ikubese as well as newcomer and lead actor for the series, Segun Dada, also known as Jaygo.

 According to a press statement,  the Head Business Development, Spinlet, Rotimi Fawole, “Our reason for exploring the web series market is based on the fact that Nigerians - and in fact Africans at large - have a penchant for comedy. It just makes sense to give them something funny with strong didactic elements while providing insights into the various scenarios that confront emerging artists. I Go Blow could not be more apt, as there are scores of artists, who because of desperation are ready tdo absolutely anything to get ahead in the industry,” he said. Fawole also said that Spinlet recognizes the importance of supporting upcoming artists and has plans to work with SMAT Media on subsequent productions.

The past eighteen months has seen the Spinlet brand as well as itsvalue offerings evolve rapidly as part of its #SpinletReloaded campaign. From the launch of a new streaming and download service website built specifically with the mobile market in mind and updated features such as the improved user interface and smoother payment options, Africa's biggest download and streaming platform is ready to do even more for Africa's stars.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

NPA will support initiative for export economy – Malam Habib

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Habib Abdulahi, has assured Nigerians that the Authority would encourage any effort designed to change the trade orientation of the nation from import dependent to export, ITRealms reports.

Adding that the provision of appropriate port infrastructure by the Federal Government and the private sector is necessary to facilitate export activities through the nation’s seaports. He however pointed out that other factors which might be extraneous to the Authority are also critical towards achieving enhanced export activities in the nation’s seaports.

Represented by the General Manager, Capital Project, Engr. Rufai Mohammed in a paper titled, “Providing Enabling Port Infrastructure to Enhance Trade” at the just concluded two-day International Seatrade and Investment Convention (ISIC) 2015, under the theme “Exploring New Trade Frontiers” , the Managing Director  reiterated that as globally accepted seaports the sector accounts for over 80 per cent by volume of International trade and commerce, emphasising  that for a seaport to be competitive, it must have a robust infrastructural base amongst other requirements.

He argued that with the major infrastructural improvements embarked upon by the Authority in its ports and harbour in all its four pilotage districts, coupled with the impending 25 year port master plan which has reached an advanced stage, the organisation is being positioned to properly meet the demand of all categories of port users for both imports and exports.

Malam Habib explained that mindful of the Federal Government determination of delivering an efficient port system for the overall good of the nation’s economy, the Authority was consolidating and entrenching the gains of the port reform by facilitating and synergizing the activities of the Private Terminal Operators, Shipping Lines, Freight Forwarders and other stakeholders, as well as improving the existing port infrastructure.

In a press release made available to ITRealms, by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Capt. I. Ebubeogu, the Managing Director  enumerated a number of completed and on-going capital projects embarked upon by the Authority, explaining that the projects were meant to add efficiency to the nation’s seaports as well as to make the system competitive, effective and user friendly.

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