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NSA Lists Dangers Of Cybercrime

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The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), said on Tuesday in Abuja that cyber crime had negatively impacted on the image and economies of Africa.

Dasuki, who was represented by Director of Communication, Office of the NSA, Ambassador Haruna Mohammed, said this at the presentation of the “Draft Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Blueprint for Nigeria’’.

PKI is a collection of security technologies, procedures, processes and policies that collectively provide a framework for addressing, using cryptography, the fundamental security issues of piracy, authentication, integrity, non-repudiation and access control in data communication.

Dasuki said the availability of a trust worthy mechanism for authentication of identity, integration of electronic information, non-repudiation of actions and security of information, were key requirements in development of interactive services between public administration and customers.

He described PKI as a foundation for secured electronic commerce, Internet security, security-authentication, encryption and repudiation.

“In view of the daunting challenges caused by the incessant telecom and regulated crimes in Nigeria, the need to effectively curtail and mitigate the current security challenges associated with the use of Internet and other electronic communication devises cannot be over emphasised.

“Cyber crime incidences and statistics and figures from some African countries, most particularly, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa have damaging impact on images and economies of these countries.

“Nigeria is equated to be one of the leading cyber crime perpetrators in the world. There is today, increasing dependence on computer systems and networks in Nigeria- citizen, government and businesses to run critical services.

“The ease with which these systems can be compromised to the detriment of all cannot be ignored. ’’

Dasuki said it necessitated the Federal Government to initiate some strong measures, through his office, to protect infrastructure that have impact on the nation’s economic development and collective security.

These infrastructures, according to him, include computer systems, networks and all critical infrastructures.

“Some of these measures include the establishment of a full functional national digital and forensic laboratory in the office of the NSA. This avail the security agencies a platform for detail investigation into cybercrime in the country.

“Two, the establishment of a national Computer Emergency Response Centre for the management detection, response and analysis of all activities in the Nigeria service place.

“Work on search centre has already begun in earnest and scheduled to be completed before the end of this year.

‘Three, as some of you may already be aware, the office of the NSA, drafted a comprehensive Security Bill in 2011, which have been forwarded to the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for review and transition to the National Assembly as executive bill after consideration by Federal Executive Council.’’

Dasuki congratulated the National Information Technology for developing the PKI for the country, saying that the implementation would go a long way to enhance security in the country.

He, however, stressed that PKI should not been seen as replacing all other security technology, rather as a complementary means to achieving security in the country.

“PKI is another tool, which is security architecture that has been introduced to provide increased level of confidence for exchanging information over increasingly insecure internet.’’

Dasuki urged the stakeholders to deliberate on issues on integration of PKI companies, application managements, digital certificate, ensuring capability and getting users to key into the PKI.

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Twitter Ban Creates Room For Local Platform Creation – Don

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Director, Center for  Atmospheric Research, National Space Research and Development Agency  (CAR-NASRDA), Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, says the ban on Twitter by the Federal Government, presented an opportunity to develop an indigenous replica of the platform.
Rabiu, therefore, called on Information Communication Technology (ICT) experts and app developers to rise to the occasion and create a indigenous replica of the platform, in an interview he granted to the newsmen in Abuja, recently.
Reacting to the ban, Rabiu said although the ban had generated lots of reactions across board, there were benefits in the development.
“This is a great opportunity to make good and cool legitimate business with a social media platform such as this.
“I feel that the ICT sector in Nigeria is ripe enough to produce and offer an equivalent of Twitter services to Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
“If some app developers can come up with something very meaningful within the coming days, it will be a development for the sector and even if Twitter comes back, it will be like a competition.
“Africa is waiting for Nigeria, with one quarter of Africa’s population, and this is where the market is,” Rabiu said.
According to him, we are technologically capable of coping with the situation and to take advantage of it.
He called on Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora to rise up to the challenge, adding that nationhood was bigger than any individual.
“We should use this opportunity to develop our country socio-economically. When we have our own produced indigenously, the tax will go to the Nigerian government, we will employ people, there may be offices in the geo-political zones or few locations of the country.
“When we develop ours, we will have Nigeria exporting this technology-driven service to other African countries and the global community as a whole.”
It would be recalled that the Federal Government suspended Twitter indefinitely on Friday, June 5, two days after the company removed a Tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari, for alleged violation of the site’s rules.
A statement by the Federal Government accused Twitter of allowing the use of its platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
In the statement, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, also directed the immediate commencement of the licensing of all Over The Top (OTT) social media operations in the country.

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Embassy Seeks Partnership With NOTAP

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The Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria  has sought  partnership with  National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) in the areas of capacity building and workshops to advance technology in the country.
The Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Carl Grans, stated yesterday in Abuja  during a visit to NOTAP headquarters.
Grans said the Swedish community was largely represented in Nigeria and engaged in different businesses and there was need to engage in meaningful partnership.
“ There are about 35 Swedish companies in Nigeria with headquarters in Lagos and some in Abuja.
“ The biggest is Ericsson with about 230 staff and the Swedish embassy is seeking mutually beneficial partnerships to both countries,” he said.
According to him, the visit was to seek areas of interest in NOTAP where the embassy can be involved.
He disclosed that acquiring patents was very crucial to Swedish companies and urged NOTAP to continue to deliver on its mandate.
He thanked  NOTAP for its continued support and provision of an enabling environment for development of technology in the country.
The Director General (DG) of NOTAP, Dr DanAzumi  Ibrahim, while welcoming the ambassador informed him that NOTAP was established to regulate  inflow of foreign technology and register technology transfer agreements.
“ Registering technology transfer agreements between Nigerian entrepreneurs and their foreign technical partners is one of our major functions.
“ At the same time, we promote the development of indigenous technologies for a rapid technological growth of the country and to also reduce dependence on foreign technology, “ he said.
He noted that the office considered the registration of Technology Transfer Agreement under three major perspectives: legal, economic and technical.
Ibrahim said a major focus of NOTAP was  linking of research to industry needs through what he called,  the NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship.
“ The NOTAP-Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship trains  high level manpower on industry-relevant research projects.
“The companies involved also agree with NOTAP to support research in different sciences and technology.
“ For example PZ Cussons funded the upgrade of the chemical laboratory in some research centers in Nigeria institutions,” he said.
He insisted that unless the academia and the industry come together, the research and development efforts of the country would not lead to economic development.
The NOTAP boss said if universities come up with technologies just for academic purposes and those technologies were not taken up by the industries, it would  have no economic value.
He promised that NOTAP would continue to carry out its mandate and create a thriving environment for all businesses in the country.

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Telecoms Operators Receive Orders To Suspend Twitter

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The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), an industry group, says it has received directives from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator, to suspend access to Twitter.
The President of ALTON, Mr Gbenga Adebayo made this known in a statement made available to newsmen at the weekend.
The action may not be unconnected with Friday’s indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations, two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Buhari’s account.
Adebayo noted that the association wished to confirm that its  members had received formal instructions from  NCC, the industry regulator, to suspend access to Twitter.
“ALTON has also conducted a robust assessment of the request in accordance with internationally accepted principles.
“Based on national interest provisions in the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, and within the licence terms under which the industry operates;  our members have acted in compliance with the directives of NCC.
“We will continue to engage all  relevant authorities and stakeholders and will act as may be further directed by the NCC,” he said.
He said the association remained committed to supporting the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and upholding  the rights of citizens.
As an industry, ALTON endorsed the position of the United Nations that the rights held by people offline must also be protected online, he added.
He noted that this included respecting and protecting the rights of all people to communicate, to share information freely and responsibly, and to enjoy privacy and security regarding their data and their use of digital communications.

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