Last week (18th – 20th March 2019), NIRA Academy collaborated with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) University of Oregon to mount a training workshop on the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the NiRA Office Complex in Lagos.
The three-day DNSSEC workshop was designed for key players in the Internet community (Regulators, Internet Service Providers, Telecommunication companies, NiRA Accredited Registrars, and the Academic community) who provide online services to cryptographically protect contents online and enhance the security of the Internet by effectively deploying DNSSEC.
The training was well attended by NIRA Accredited registrars, several other NIRA stakeholders including participants from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone Plc, Spectranet Limited, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Medallion Communications, Rack Centre, Main One, 9 Mobile Communications and VDT Communications.
It was evident that participants look forward to many more opportunities for collective intellectual engagements around key issues, in Internet Governance. They discussed important questions around Nigeria’s unique IT environment and brainstormed on the possible challenges which might occur during the DNSSEC implementation
At the close of the workshop, I advised the participants to set up a virtual group so that they can continue the conversations after the training, with a view to driving the implementation of DNSSEC across Nigeria’s ICT landscape. I also encouraged the participants to give time and other resources to build the next generation of Trainers at similar workshops.
I am excited to note that with the hitch free delivery of such a multi-stakeholder workshop, the NIRA Academy has again added another feather to its cap. The Academy has grown steadily since inception and I have no doubts that NiRA’s goal that is should be a vehicle for the growth of the body of knowledge in the Domain Name Space in Nigeria is being fulfilled.
We are indeed grateful to NSRC, sponsors and all who made it happen. Thank you.
I remain your President,
Rev’d Sunday Folayan
President, NIRA Executive Board