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By Uzor Uzoatu
07 July 2016   |   4:09 am
NGSECURE 2016, an international Information Security Conference, is billed to take place at Four Point Hotel, Lagos on July 26 and 27, 2016. According to the Conference Director Kayode Eyinade...


NGSECURE 2016, an international Information Security Conference, is billed to take place at Four Point Hotel, Lagos on July 26 and 27, 2016. According to the Conference Director Kayode Eyinade: “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, Cyber Security challenges pose the next major threat to humanity. Nigeria is strategic to the Cyber Security campaign, being the largest internet user in Africa.”

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% internet penetration. The non-existence of a national policy on information security or even the guidelines on monitoring and censoring internet content, etc. makes cyber security a daunting task.

InfoSecurityNigeria Conference (NgSecure) 2016 will bring to the table all security issues. These critical issues 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, Social Media Security, National Identity and Privacy Issues in today’s changing security landscape will be combed and solutions proffered.

“Cyber threats no doubt have evolved and increased exponentially, occurring on a more frequent basis and with greater sophistication than ever,” Mr. Eyinade stresses, adding: “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, organisers of NGSECURE Conference 2016.

The target areas are banks, telecoms, IT organisations, lawyers, IT personnel in various industries, educational institutions, journalists and civil society organisations. 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 Honourable Minister of Information, the former Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase, Prof. Femi Odekunle, member, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption. Professor Olumide Longe,a cyber security 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 cyber security experts to be announced later.
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