Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), whilst speaking at the McAfee Virtual Cloud Security event, raised awareness on the importance of internet security for Nigerian internet users. Mrs. Udeagu commented that the online environment is increasingly becoming challenging for users and Nigerian citizens must learn how to protect themselves and their assets online.  The webinar "tagged Extend your Security from Device to Cloud" was organized by McAfee, a computer security software company. It aimed to sensitize ICT stakeholders, the youth and the elderly, and the general public on data and systems protection, cybersecurity trends, and the best practices on personal data security and clients' data protection as an organization.

According to Mrs. Udeagu, young and elderly people are the most vulnerable to internet security challenges as they engage with the internet without fully understanding the need to be safe. “Security challenges are encountered from time to time on internet-enabled devices, and the most vulnerable users are the youth and the elderly. They store sensitive information on their devices and upload with reckless abandon, and visit websites without confirming if they are secured,” she noted in her presentation. Internet security issues are rampant and often look harmless. Therefore, the Nigerian users, especially the vulnerable groups, need assistance to be safe and NiRA plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of internet users using the .ng domain name.

Mrs. Udeagu confirmed that NiRA had been working to sensitize Nigerians on internet safety while encouraging the adoption of the .ng domain names for websites and email addresses and local content hosting. Furthermore, through NiRA Academy, the Association collaborates with organizations and stakeholders to “promote a safer internet in Nigeria and also conduct youth and entrepreneurship programs,” the Executive Secretary submitted. She outlined precautionary steps individuals and service providers in Nigeria can take to protect their online data and assets.

Other speakers at the event included Mr. Deteye Laoye, Sales Lead of Soft Solutions Limited (SSL) Nigeria, and Mr. Nigel Hawthorn, McAfee EMEA Marketing Director.