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CyberSecurity Conference Opens In Lagos July 26

Francis Moses

An international Information Security Conference tagged Ngsecure 2016, is billed to open in Lagos on July 26 at the prestigious Four Point Hotel, on Victoria Island.

The conference which will end on July 27, is expected to attract experts in cybersecurity from within and outside Nigeria.

Speaking on the expectation, Conference Director Kayode Eyinade said “with the increasing sophistication of criminal and terrorist acts, new and innovative surveillance and monitoring systems have become very imperative with the increasing sophistication of criminal and terrorist acts. Globally, next to terrorism, socio-economic wise, CyberSecurity challenges pose the next major threat to humanity.  Nigeria is strategic to the CyberSecurity campaign, being the largest internet user in Africa.”

According to him, out of the estimated 3.5 billion internet users in the world, Nigeria records 67,101,452 million in a population of more than 170 million, which is about 37 percent internet penetration.

He also said that the non-existence of a national policy on information security, or even the guidelines on monitoring and censoring internet content etc., makes CyberSecurity a daunting task.

The UNION was informed that NgSecure 2016 will bring to the table all security issues which will be highlighted, discussed and dissected by thoughtful leaders and professional players in the field of ICT, Telecommunication, Financial Services, Civil Services, National Security, Law Enforcement Agencies, Judiciary, and the Legislature.

Security, Money Laundering, Data Breaches, Electronic Fraud, Cyber Laws and Compliance Legislation, Socia Media Security, National Identity and Privacy Issues in today’s changing security landscape will be combed and solutions proffered.

According to Eyinada, “cyber threats no doubt have evolved and increased exponentially, occurring on a more frequent basis and with greater sophistication than ever”.

He stated that “because financial and almost all institutions are now dependent on cyber technology for critical operations, they are ordinarily exposed to vulnerabilities that need to be anticipated and managed. These are necessities that gave birth to DIFENSORE Consulting, organizers of NGSECURE Conference 2016.”

The target areas are banks telecoms, IT organizations, lawyers, IT personnel in various industries, educational institutions, journalists and civil society organizations. It will be the largest gathering of professionals and academics.

Riveting and engaging panel sessions on Technology and Corruption will be moderated by the highly esteemed Prof. Femi Odekunle. Technology and strategies deliberations are on the menu as well as Information Security mythologies and tactics exchange. There will be the 2015 Cyber law reviews (Privacy and human rights concerns) together with live hack sessions, to wit, practical techniques to detect and protect networks and systems. It all will be capped with innovative techniques and technologies to address latest risks.

Basil Udotai, a technology lawyer and former Director of Cyber-security, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) will be on the panel. Segun Olugbile, Cyber-security expert and online child protection expert, will also lend his renowned expertise on the panel.

Discussants and attendees include the Minister of Information, former Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase, Prof. Femi Odekunle, member, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption. Professor Olumide Longe, a cybersecurity expert and Fulbright scholar.

The conference chair is Prof Pat Utomi, a political economist and co-founder of the Lagos Business School, and he will be supported by a sizeable number of international CyberSecurity experts to be announced later.



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