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CySEC hosts first NYSC inter-platoon hackathon

The Cybersecurity Challenge Nigeria (CYSEC NG) has hosted the first-ever NYSC inter-platoon hackathon, reports ITRealms.

The hackathon, ITRealms gathered is an initiative of Upgraded Era Solutions setup to identify, engage and groom the next generation of cybersecurity experts in the country, under the aegis of NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED), which is a 5–day inter-platoon hackathon competition and training which saw 10 platoons competing at the pre-hackathon.

Also, ITRealms gathered that out of the 10 platoons, 5 of the them progressed to the grand finale, witnessed by the Head, Public Affairs Directorates, EFCC Lagos Zonal office, Mrs. Olapo Adeniran; NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Cyril Akhanemhe; NYSC Camp Director, NYSC SAED Coordinator, Mrs. Rachel Idaewor and lots of NYSC officials, and saw to carting away fantastic prizes worth over N300, 000 in cash and benefits for the winners.

Obaseki Etinosa, a computer science graduate from Benson Idahosa University and corp member from Platoon 7 emerged winner of the inter-platoon competition put together by Cybersecurity Challenge Nigeria . He went with the star cash prize and lots of benefits including free training and certification on one of the cybersecurity courses, Offer Letter and Free E-books. According to him, he came into the competition with uncertainty on his abilities but discovered his full potentials during the hackathon session.

Olabampe Olamigoke from platoon 2 and Nwosu Chisom Clara from Platoon 1 were the 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively.

The NYSC Camp Director who was around to present the prizes to the winners lauded the efforts put in by Upgraded Era Solutions to organize such event which was the first of its kind. The NYSC-SAED Coordinator who was part of the planning committee expressed her satisfaction stating that the hackathon session will be an open door to engage the youths in battling cybercrime.


Reaffirming this to ITRealms, the CEO of Upgraded Era and DG of CYSEC, Victor Idonor said that the event was organized to identify and train NYSC members interested in starting a career in cybersecurity. He emphasized the relevance of cybersecurity to the national security and called out to the Federal Government and other relevant bodies to support and partner in subsequent hackathon events.

Uj. N. Dominic/GEE

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