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Halogen Group Named Nigeria’s Outstanding Contract Security Company



Halogen Group Names Nigeria’s Outstanding Contract Security Company, SiliconNigeria

Halogen Group, a leading Nigerian security risk management organization has been voted Nigeria’s Outstanding Contract Security Company for the third year in a row.

In an international webinar marking the 2020 edition of
the Nigeria Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs), Halogen Group emerged the nation’s top security risk management company in a keenly contested selection process.

According to the OSPAs organizers, which coordinated  the security industry awards in partnership with SECUREX WEST AFRICA, “The awards recognize exceptional industry talent and innovation in different categories.” 

OSPA winners, the organizers explained in a statement, “were selected by an esteemed panel of industry figures who judged entries using the same criteria which is applied across the world.  Each winner demonstrated that they have performed at an exceptional level and has shown their commitment and outstanding performance within the security sector.”

In a triple win which marked a major milestone in the security industry awards, two of Halogen Group’s operating companies, AVERT HALOGEN, its technology solutions company and Academy Halogen, its degree awarding security risk management training institute, were also voted as the outstanding security technology installer/integrator and the outstanding security training initiative, emerging the singular OSPA winners in their areas of specialization respectively. This year also marks the third in a row that Academy Halogen would cart home the top security training honors.

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) is a globally recognized independent security awards, which reward outstanding performance in the security sector in the United Kingdom (UK), United States of America (USA), and other parts of the world. 

Reacting, Group Managing Director, Halogen Group, Mr. Wale Olaoye described the award as a vindication of the company’s commitment to global best practice, uncompromising commitment to excellence and its focused investment in technology and capacity building.

The Halogen Group boss who expressed gratitude to the group’s employees, associates and clients for their staunch support, noted with delight that the triple recognition by the global body came barely one year after Halogen announced its robust digital transformation.  

Halogen Group, which was incorporated in Nigeria nearly three decades ago as Halogen Security Company Limited, is West Africa’s leading risk advisory and integrated security solutions group.

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Nokia Threat Intelligence Report Warns of Rising Cyberattacks on Internet-connected Devices



Nokia Threat Intelligence Report Warns of Rising Cyberattacks on Internet-connected Devices, SiliconNigeria

Cyberattacks on internet-connected devices continue to rise at an alarming rate due to poor security protections and cybercriminals use of automated tools to exploit these vulnerabilities, according to the latest Nokia Threat Intelligence Report.

 The report found that Internet-connected, or IoT, devices now make up roughly 33% of infected devices, up from about 16% in 2019. The report’s findings are based on data aggregated from monitoring network traffic on more than 150 million devices globally where Nokia’s NetGuard Endpoint Security product is deployed. 

Adoption of IoT devices, from smart home security monitoring systems to drones and medical devices, is expected to continue growing as consumers and enterprises move to take advantage of the high bandwidth, ultra-low latency, and fundamentally new networking capabilities that 5G mobile networks enable, according to the report. 

The rate of success in infecting IoT devices depends on the visibility of the devices to the internet, according to the report. In networks where devices are routinely assigned public facing internet IP addresses, a high infection rate is seen. In networks where carrier-grade Network Address Translation is used, the infection rate is considerably reduced because the vulnerable devices are not visible to network scanning.  

The Threat Intelligence Report also reveals there is no let up in cybercriminals using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal personal data through a variety of types of malware. One in particular is disguised as a “Coronavirus Map” application – mimicking the legitimate and authoritative Coronavirus Map issued by Johns Hopkins University – to take advantage of the public’s demand for accurate information about COVID-19 infections, deaths and transmissions.

But the bogus application is used to plant malware on victims’ computers to exploit personal data. “Cybercriminals are playing on people’s fears and are seeing this situation as an opportunity to promote their agendas,” the report says. The report urges the public to install applications only from trusted app stores, like Google and Apple.

 Bhaskar Gorti, Nokia Software President and Chief Digital Officer, said: “The sweeping changes that are taking place in the 5G ecosystem, with even more 5G networks being deployed around the world as we move to 2021, open ample opportunities for malicious actors to take advantage of vulnerabilities in IoT devices. This report reinforces not only the critical need for consumers and enterprises to step up their own cyber protection practices, but for IoT device producers to do the same.”

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FSB Develops Cyber Response Toolkit For Banks, Regulators



FSB Develops Cyber Response Toolkit For Banks Regulators, SiliconNigeria

The Financial Stability Board is urging banks and regulators to use a newly-launched toolkit to help contain the damage inflicted by a major cyber incident.

The global standards setting body believes a significant cyber attack could seriously disrupt the financial system, including critical financial infrastructure, leading to broader financial stability implications.

The toolkit includes 49 practices for effective cyber incident response and recovery across seven components: (i) governance, (ii) planning and preparation, (iii) analysis, (iv) mitigation, (v) restoration and recovery, (vi) coordination and communication, and (vii) improvement.

The final toolkit draws on the feedback from a public consultation process, including four virtual outreach meetings with national authorities worldwide. The report was delivered to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors for their October meeting.

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We’ve Processed 1,500 COVID-19 Related Calls On Emergency Communications Centres – Danbatta



We’ve Processed 1500 COVID-19 Related Calls On Emergency Communications Centres – Danbatta, SiliconNigeria

L-R: Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta; Chairman, NCC Board of Commissioners, Prof. Adeolu Akande; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and Executive Governor, Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, during the commissioning of the NCC’s Emergency Commissioning Centre in Imo State recently.

  • As Pantami commissions Imo ECC

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has disclosed that over 1,500 COVID-19-related calls were received and processed through the Commission’s Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) in the peak of the pandemic in Nigeria. 

The EVC made this disclosure during the commissioning of the ECC in Owerri, Imo State over the weekend by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.      

The event which was hosted by the Executive Governor of the State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, had in attendance, the Chairman, NCC Board of Commissioners, Prof. Adeolu Akande; Chief Uche Onwude, NCC Board Member; Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), among other dignitaries.

According to Danbatta, “During the total lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the ECCs played a remarkable role by providing a platform for members of the public to seek lifesaving information or support and reporting COVID-19 related cases by dialling ‘112’ from any of the networks. I am happy to report to you that over 1,500 COVID-19-related calls were received and processed by the ECCs in the peak of the pandemic.”

The EVC said the ECC project, equipped with necessary Information Technology (IT) tools and personnel, is a one-stop shop through which members of the public can access help from any response agency, stating that the centre is essentially aimed at enhancing the security of lives and property of the citizens.

He listed the response agencies to include the Nigeria Police (NPF), the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Fire and Ambulance Services, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and all its affiliate State Emergency Management Agencies, among others.

While restating the Commission’s commitment to operationalise the ECCs in all the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, the EVC said 19 ECCs have been activated so far. The beneficiary states include Katsina, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ogun, Plateau, Enugu, Benue, Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, Oyo, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Adamawa, Kogi, Anambra and Imo States and FCT.

“We have no doubt that, if put to maximum use, and kept functional at all times, the ECC facilities will serve to complement the State Government’s efforts at enhancing the security of lives and property of citizens,” Danbatta said.

Speaking during the tour of the ECC facilities, the Minister thanked the State Government for giving the necessary support to the NCC to facilitate successful implementation of the project, which has been bringing succor to the people Imo State.

He assured of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to support more initiatives aimed at achieving the tripartite agenda of the President which focuses on addressing security issues, improving the economy and curbing corruption. 

The Minister noted that the country’s economy will reap huge benefits from effective implementation of more Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-driven projects across the country.

The Executive Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, thanked the Minister and the NCC for the ECC initiative, which he said has enhanced security of lives and property in the State.

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