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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DHq, New Horizons partner on cyber security

Defence Headquarters of the Nigerian Army and New Horizons, may have joined forces to battle cyber security among ranks and file.

A press statement made available by Public Relations Manager at New Horizons, Mr. Yemi Sokoya at the weekend indicated that the two organisation recently showed this in their partnership for the World Information Security Conference, which held in Abuja.

The event, he said, was organized by the Defence Headquarters, EC-Council World-wide in partnership with New Horizons Nigeria.

He said, the seminar attracted 200 topmost military and business leaders including the chief host and Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, service chiefs, National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. A.O. Azazi retired, representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and other participants from the banking, oil and gas, manufacturing, academia and the public service sectors.

According to him, one salient conclusion reached was the need to raise the level of awareness and knowledge of Nigerians, business owners and other stakeholders involved in the security of information either on computer or technology driven infrastructures such as electricity, traffic control, cash lodgments and withdrawals, production processes, et cetera.

Welcoming participants, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshall Petinrin, said the conference reflected the growing importance of cyber security.

He also said, it was gratifying that the conference was aimed at securing the virtual world for national security in order to build a stronger awareness and come up with plans for containing cyber threats in Nigeria.

The CDS further said, cyber crime is a global phenomenon that threatens national security, which has become a growing concern in both public and private sectors in the country, thereby making cyber security more strategic as nations and organizations invest in developing strategies, defining architectures and conducting risk assessment.

He, thereafter, acknowledged the need for cyber capabilities that would allow Nigerians defend the nation against attacks, “this conference is organised to achieve that purpose” he said.

Remmy Nweke
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