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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a call for nominations for the 2020 Leadership Program, scheduled for 5th to 6th March 2020 in Cancún, Mexico, just prior to the ICANN67 Public Meeting.

The Leadership Program helps current and incoming leaders better understand the complexities of ICANN, while also helping to develop the facilitation skills of participants.

Interested individuals need to be endorsed by their Supporting Organization, Advisory Committee, or stakeholder group.

Participants are to register via the link by Friday, 15 November 2019, 23:59 UTC. The Leadership Program does not provide financial support for travel to Cancún but does cover accommodations and offer a stipend for the days a participant is involved in the program.


AFRINIC is 1.85 million /32s IPv4 away from Phase 2 of IPv4 exhaustion

As of 16 October 2019, AFRINIC has 3.9 million /32s addresses in the available IPv4 pool. We are now 1.85 million /32s addresses away from the /11 threshold which will trigger Phase 2 of IPv4 exhaustion. Consequently, we expect to reach Phase 2 of IPv4 exhaustion by the end of this year.

AFRINIC is still managing Internet number resources as per the requirements outlined in existing policies (the "Phase 1") but this will change as soon as the threshold for "Phase 2" is reached. The AFPUB-2010-v4-005: IPv4 Soft Landing community-developed policy can be found here:

AFRINIC's available inventory of IPv4 space is updated daily at


Section of the CPM specifies the following criteria for the end of Phase 1 and the start of Exhaustion Phase 2:

"Allocations and assignments will be made from the Final /8 or from any other IPv4 address space available to AFRINIC until no more than a /11 of non-reserved space is available in the Final /8. At this point, the Exhaustion Phase 2 will begin. For the avoidance of doubt, all applications will be in the process at this point will be evaluated as per the new policy."

AFRINIC will implement the specified criteria as follows:

  1. Exhaustion Phase 1 ends and Exhaustion Phase 2 begins when AFRINIC has no more than one /11 of non-reserved IPv4 space available in the final /8. (CPM section The policy does not specify whether the /11 must be contiguous, or may be made up of multiple smaller blocks adding up to the same amount of space.
  2. AFRINIC's interpretation is that the /11 may be made up of multiple smaller blocks. Accordingly, Exhaustion Phase 2 will begin when the available non-reserved space in the final /8 is no more than 2,097,152 IP addresses (the same amount as a /11), regardless of how the available addresses are arranged in contiguous or discontiguous blocks. Nevertheless, AFRINIC will endeavour to keep a contiguous /11 set aside for as long as reasonably feasible.
  3. When AFRINIC approves a request for IPv4 resources that cannot be fulfilled from the IPv4 address space available (except the last /11) in the AFRINIC pool, Phase 2 of IPv4 Exhaustion shall be triggered. If an application on the pre-approved list cannot be satisfied in full, the applicant will have the option of either getting an amount of IPv4 addresses that are as close as possible to the requested block or receive up to a /22 from the pool reserved for Phase 2.


Nigeria is in the thick of a global shift towards cloud-based systems. Thanks to an increasing reliance on digital technology, we are generating huge amounts of data. Businesses are finding that they are producing so much of it that they can no longer store or process it all in-house. They are solving this problem by turning to the cloud, with its shared platforms and off-site storage infrastructure. But as we all know, there are problems with this system. The cloud, just like every other technology, is vulnerable to attack.

In addressing these issues, an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution company, Comercio Limited in partnership with eFortresses CloudeAssurance & HISPI hosted the maiden edition of the International cybersecurity and cloud conference tagged: “The Business of Cyber Security & Cloud in 21st Century Nigeria”. The event, which attracted notable personalities within the ICT security ecosystem was held at the Four Points by Sheraton, Lagos on Friday, 4th October 2019.

The array of seasoned speakers at the conference included Muhammed Rudman, NiRA President and CEO IXPN; Taiye Lambo, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Assurance; Rakiyya Mohammed, Chief Information Security Officer, Central Bank of Nigeria; Mitchell Elegbe, Founder and CEO of Interswitch; Opeyemi Onifade, Director Alenoids and Former Chief Information Security Officer, Galaxy Blackbone; Dr. Segun Aina, President, Fintech Association of Nigeria; and Basil Udotai, Managing Partner, Technology Advisors LLP.

The Group Managing Director, Comercio Limited, Mrs. Aderonke Adeyegbe, during her presentation, pointed out that in 2018, the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), projected that cybercrime could cost the world $2 trillion annually by the end of 2019. These losses are expected to come from the damage and destruction of data, stolen money, theft of intellectual property, personal information, and financial data, and attacks on business processes, just to mention a few.

Some of the resolutions reached at the conclusion of the conference are that:

  1. Nigerians must adopt a gradual approach to move their businesses to the cloud and ensure data protection while in the cloud.
  2. Cybercrime costs the globe $6 trillion by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. Privacy and security concerns are barriers to the adoption of the public cloud in Nigeria.
  3. Cyberspace poses a lot of insecurity to cloud business, as such regulatory bodies should develop policies to protect online business since no network can boast of being full proof against cyberattacks and hacking. 
  4. Nigerians must build trust, integrity and develop the right skills to address negative reports about Nigerians on cybersecurity since cybercriminals come from every part of the world. 
  5. Despite the cybersecurity challenges, local cloud business should be hosted locally, to encourage data localization among Nigerian companies. 
  6. As a result of the shortage of skills in cybersecurity, there is a need for certified training and development to address cybersecurity issues. 
  7. The government should increase awareness of data law to address cybersecurity issues and develop laws that deal with data sovereignty.



Two major events which NiRA attended in the last few weeks buttressed the need to embrace and support Local cloud hosting providers because of the numerous benefits Nigeria stands to gain. These events were “Data Sovereignty and Harnessing the Power of Cloud” courtesy of VMware and Layer3 at the Hilton Abuja and the International Cybersecurity and Cloud conference tagged “the Business of Cyber Security & Cloud in 21st Century Nigeria” hosted by  Comercio Limited in partnership with eFortresses CloudeAssurance & HISPI. The importance of knowledge about Cybersecurity cannot be overemphasized. In November 2019, NiRA will be partnering with Data Scientific to host another Cybersecurity conference at the Sheraton Lagos Hotel on the 2nd of December 2019, to be followed by a two-day security workshop on the 3rd and 4th of December 2019. It is hoped that with all the talk around Cybersecurity, organisations will position themselves better for the Cloud. 

I would like to also use this opportunity to encourage all, to transfer their data to a local cloud hosting provider in order to gain the benefits that are associated with utilizing and embracing local cloud hosting provider

As part of our brand awareness and capacity building programs, NiRA would be organising a series of events before the conclusion of the year. These events include the .ng Reseller Entrepreneurship Program and the 2019 Bloggers Summit which would take place on November 13th at the NiRA Office Complex, and on November 26th 2019 in Umuahia, Abia State respectively. We expect full participation at both events and thank you in advance for engaging with the .ng brand.