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Danbatta Seeks Cybersecurity-consciousness Among Nigerians



Danbatta Seeks Cybersecurity-consciousness Among Nigerians, SiliconNigeria
  • As 2020 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Kicks Off

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has said the need to be cybersecurity-conscious to guarantee online safety for Internet users is everyone’s business and not reserved for a group of people.

Danbatta stated this to herald the commencement of a series of enlightenment and awareness campaign activities being embarked upon by the Commission for this year’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).

The month of October every year is NCSAM globally, aimed at raising awareness about cybersecurity, and to provide the public with general knowledge and tools required for online safety.

He said Internet users across mobile networks in Nigeria currently stand at 149.8 million as at August, 2020, noting that more users are expected online as services in different sectors of the economy are becoming digitalised. He stated that the increase in digital financial transactions for e-commence activities calls for greater responsibility on the part of individuals and corporate internet users to protect themselves against cybercrimes.

According to Danbatta, as the Commission embarks on various policy initiatives to drive pervasive broadband penetration to achieve increased digital inclusiveness, it is not unmindful of those who use Internet to carry out nefarious and dubious activities in the cyber space.

“To keep the genuine individual and corporate Internet users’ safe, the NCC, as regulator of the telecom sector, annually joins the rest of the world to create a lot of enlightenment around cybercrime in the month of October every year. We ensure that consumers are empowered through awareness and sensitisation campaigns, by providing information on both the positive and negative potentials available online, and measures required to safeguard themselves and their loved ones,” the EVC said.

Danbatta emphasised that “Security is not reserved for a group of people, it is truly everyone’s business; bringing competence and knowledge to help build a safer and more inclusive information society.”

Danbatta restated the commitment of the Commission to continually embark on policy initiatives to enhance online security as well as educate and equip the consumers of telecoms services with information they need to be protected online.

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ICANN Honours Ramanou Biaou with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award



ICANN Honours Ramanou Biaou with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building, SiliconNigeria

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has honored Ramanou Biaou as the first recipient of the 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building.

The ICANN Board recognizes Biaou’s commitment to local and regional capacity-building programs in his home country of Benin as well as across Africa.

He has worked to improve the technical skills of women in Africa and encouraged their participation in endeavors related to the Internet and Domain Name System (DNS). Through his efforts, the diversity and number of new ICANN community members increased.

ICANN Honours Ramanou Biaou with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building, SiliconNigeria

Since 2018, Biaou has been the President of the Internet Society, Benin Chapter. He introduced a programme to enable local community members’ participation in meetings with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and ICANN.

Biaou is active in the African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO) at ICANN and also serves as a member of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Caucus.

ICANN first introduced the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building in January 2020 to honor members of the ICANN community who have contributed significantly to national, regional, or global capacity-development programs related to ICANN’s mission. This award was established in honor of the late Dr. Tarek Kamel, an Internet pioneer known for his contributions to global Internet governance. At the time of his passing, Dr. Kamel was ICANN’s Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement

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Nigeria @60: Remmy Nweke inducted into ICT Hall of Fame for Uplifting Internet Governance Ecosystem



Nigeria @60: Remmy Nweke inducted into ICT Hall of Fame for Uplifting Internet Governance Ecosystem, SiliconNigeria
  • Mba-Uzoukwu, Ayoola, Ekeh, Adenuga, Uwaje too 

Lead Consulting Strategist and Group Executive Editor, ITREALMS Media group, Mr. Remmy Nweke has been inducted into the Nigeria @60 ICT Hall of Fame, hosted by Titans of Tech, an initiative of TechTv Network in collaboration with on Thursday. 

Nweke was among over 60 other ICT industry players recognized at the event held at Virgin Rose Resort, Victoria Island Lagos for their various contributions since independence and precisely in the last 20 years which saw to the blossom of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) following the deregulation of telecommunications sector by President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. 

He was recognized precisely for consistency in technology reporting and engaging ICT partners across the globe as well as energetic pursuit of clarity of purpose on the Internet Governance ecosystem, local capacity building and information sharing deploying multi-award winning ITREALMS OnlineDigitalSENSE Business Magazine and NaijaAgroNet

His award was also presented by the President of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, who himself bagged an award for passionate advocacy of software and innovation as key to leadership and value creation in the competitive 21st century. 

Equally inducted into the Nigeria @60 ICT Hall of Fame awards include Engr Olawale Ige, Engr. Vincent Maduka, HRH Eze (Engr) Ogbonna Cletus Iromantu, Engr. Titi Omo-Ettu, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chief Chris Uwaje, Mr. Tim Akano, Dr. Yele Okeremi, Mr. Collins Onuegbu, Mr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Mr. Lare Ayoola of Tranter IT group, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the current Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Gbenga Adebayo of ALTON, Mr. Stanley Jegede, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Mrs Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, Mrs Nkemdilim Begho and Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh of Zinox Technologies, Chief Chima Onyekwere, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Muhammed Rudman of IXPN, Emmanuel Amos of Programos, Mr. Olusola Teniola of ATCON, Prof. Engr. Mohammed Ajiya of Digital Bridge Institute, and Prof. Charles Uwadia of Computer Professionals Registrations Council. 

Additional inductees were Engr. Ike Nnamani of Medallion, Mr. Chijioke Eke, Obong Mkpe Abang, Aaron Ukodie, Mrs. Ufuoma Daro, Dr Bayero Agabi, Shina Badaru, Abimbola Tooki, Don Pedro Aganbi, Ken Nwogbo, Segun Oruame, John Awe, Okoh Aihe, and Sonny Aragba-Akpore, Hajia Hadiza Umar of NITDA, to name a few. 

Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Don Pedro Aganbi congratulated all the nominees for the 2020 awards, saying that they all were being recognized in their own rights based on various contributions made to the ICT industry as Nigeria marked the diamond independence, through development, deployment and advancement, which have helped immensely in driving the nation’s future with innovative thought leadership and products, applications as well as business solutions consistently nurtured to life. 

“It is beyond dispute that the work that you all do is essential to enhancing our quality of life as a nation and individual members of the Nigerian nation,” he said, noting that Titans of Tech is a flagship industry event that annually celebrates excellence in the Nigerian ICT space.

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ICANN Board Approves 2 Year Extension of President/CEO Term



ICANN Board Approves 2Year Extension of President/CEO Term, SiliconNigeria

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that the ICANN Board of Directors has approved a two-year extension to President and CEO Göran Marby’s Executive Services Agreement term. It will now expire on 23 May 2024.

“I’m pleased to announce that the ICANN Board has voted to offer Göran a two-year extension to his current contract,” said Maarten Botterman, Chairman of the ICANN Board. “Göran is a CEO who has excelled in reaching out and working closely with the community and Board to address the challenges and opportunities we face.”

In its rationale for the resolution, the Board noted that Marby is “dedicated to ICANN’s mission, including supporting the ICANN Community in its policy development work, and is very committed to continuing help ensure and solidify the understanding of ICANN’s role within the Internet community.”

An extension to May 2024 will provide continuity in leadership during the initial implementation of the FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan, as well as the ongoing work over its first several years of operation.

“In the nearly four and a half years that I have served as ICANN President and CEO, it has been my honor and privilege to lead the ICANN organization staff and work hand-in-hand with the ICANN Board and community. I thank the ICANN org staff for their commitment, support, and exceptional work,” said Marby.

“ICANN provides an important service to the global Internet community, and our work is never done. I am humbled by the Board’s trust in me, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other.

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