The Information Technology Systems & Security Professionals (ITSSP) hosted the 2017 Annual Information Security Congress from Wednesday, 18th October to 21st October, 2017. The theme “Protecting the Present, Securing. The Future”. The event took place at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Conference Centre, Alausa Ikeja. ITSSP moves to bridge the gap of Information Security in Nigeria. The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), MainOne and Chams were amongst the sponsors for the congress.
There was a two day workshop on “Ethical Hacking and Incident Handling” which was well attended by Information Technology officials from several organizations. The workshop aimed at bringing together people in Information Security with the purpose of learning how to handle security incident proactively test company networks and systems to discover any vulnerability before handling.
Prof. A. S. Sodiya, President of Information Technology Systems & Security Professionals was the host at the congress and in attendance also were Senator Foster Ogola Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Professor Adesola Aderounmu President Nigeria Computer Society, Professor Charles Uwadia President Computer Professionals REG Council Of Nigeria, Mr. Rogba Adeoye, Mr. Olufemi Williams, GMD Chams, Mr. Michael Olajide ED, Sidmach, Mr. Abdul-hakeem Ajijola, Executive Chairman, Consultancy Support Services Limited, members of ITSSP and various other participants.
The Information Security Congress 2017 conference at its maiden edition provided a forum to address, discuss and exchange knowledge on security challenges facing the country and the world at large. It provided a forum for scientist, Researchers, Academics, Engineers and Industry Practitioners to exchange information regarding advancement in the start-of-art and practice of Information Security.
Senator Foster Ogola in his speech re-emphasized on the need to protect the present and secure the future, how the future can be secured, principles and legacy to be laid down for the future IT professionals, the involvement of the younger generation, etc. This is all in the bid to ensure that users of IT-based systems are able to conform to information security principles.
The forum provided an opportunity for IT Security professionals to assemble and provide solutions to security challenges. It was agreed that there was the need for Nigerians to effectively protect our National IT infrastructure and adequately develop information security processes in this country.