Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Benefit of Using the Nigerian Identity on the Internet

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) assigns to each country and territory, a country code top level domain (ccTLDs) acronym.  For almost twenty years, ICANN has worked closely with managers of ccTLDs (the two-letter TLDs established for countries and some territories). For Nigeria the ccTLD is .ng, for Uganda the ccTLD is .ug, for Egypt the ccTLD is .eg, etc.

The benefits of using a .ng domain name for your website include:

  • This is our National Identity and Pride
  • You have direct access to the Managers of the .ng ccTLD should there be challenges with the domain name
  • Local targeting and Search Engine Optimization: This will ensure your business appears whilst in the search for your type of business in our geographical region (Nigeria)
  • Websites with domain names associated with ccTLDs give visitors confidence as they are aware that ccTLDs are highly regulated. So using a .ng domain name gives credibility to a business. International customers prefer to deal with businesses that have the ccTLD domain names.
  • Search engines like Google like ccTLDs as they rank ccTLDs high in their elements used to determine country targeting.
  • Brand Protection: Registering a domain name on the .ng ccTLD will enhance brand protection against domain squatters.
  • Better Speed: Latency is reduced for websites and blogs using .ng domain names. However this is also determined by the location of the hosting provider. For businesses in Nigeria or targeting Nigerian clients, the local hosting of .ng gives your website the advantage of better speed.
  • Preferred Domain Name: Opting for .ng provides an opportunity to register preferred domain name which may not be available on other TLDs.
  • Reduction in Capital Flight: .ng domain name is priced in naira for Nigerians. Money is saved and capital flight is reduced.
  • Job creation for Nigerians

The Internet is for everyone

The foresight that took the Internet from a Department of Defense experiment in the United States of America, to a global phenomenon that has since changed Communication, Commerce, Education, Agriculture, Health and very many other spheres of human life should be commended.

It has brought about an unprecedented development in many areas. These changes are systematic and not random. They are years of careful planning, discussions and diverse contributions from diverse quarters.

Unfortunately, there are still many people who do not have access to the Internet or who cannot afford the cost of getting on the Internet even for very many basic needs.

It is important that the “Haves” continue to advocate for the “Have Nots” because the development of the world without bothering about bringing every other person online, could threaten world peace and its general stability. The Internet has been used to bridge many gaps in communication and facilitate developments all over the world.

This is one key reason why the various stakeholders must continue to dialog on the processes and methods for making the Internet work for everyone. The Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) will again convene on the 2nd of July 2018 at Shehu Musa Yaradua Center, Central Business District Abuja, FCT, Nigeria. Make it a date to join other stakeholders on the discussions around Internet Governance. I assure you, it will be a worthwhile experience.

Just a quick reminder, the 3rd edition of the .ng Awards gala will hold on Friday 6th July 2018 in Lagos. We will be celebrating individuals and companies that are using the .ng domain names for their websites and the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards will showcase Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all.

Please make it a date.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

NITDA STAKEHOLDER’S REVIEW OF .GOV.NG POLICY

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) held a workshop on Thursday May 31st at NiRA Office Complex, for stakeholders to review the .GOV.NG Policy. The .GOV.NG policy guides and regulates the registration of the .GOV.NG domain names for the MDAs, Federal, State and Local Governments in Nigeria. NITDA used this opportunity to enlighten all on the current policy as well as receive contributions from the related stakeholders on how best to simply the process of registering .gov.ng domain names.

Dr. Vincent Olatunji, DIRECTOR, e-GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION, NITDA, welcomed all to the workshop and gave an overview of the purpose of the workshop. Reverend Sunday Folayan, the President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was at hand to receive Dr. Olatunji and other attendees at the workshop.

Notable contributions were extensively discussed at the workshop. Stakeholders, including NiRA Accredited Registrars were encouraged to submit more contributions, for NITDA and NIRA to prepare a position paper for further assessment by the Federal, States and Local Governments.

Clean Up Exercise on Quarantined Resources

AFRINIC initiated a clean-up exercise on the quarantined resources that had reached the end of the Quarantine period in March 2018. AFRINIC reported the deletion of all related objects from the AFRINIC WHOIS database for the returned or reclaimed IPv4 address space and keep it in quarantine for twelve months or as long as the space is globally routed. The clean-up exercise ensured that these resources were not visible in the global routing table nor have associated objects in other Internet Routing Registry (IRR) databases at the time this article is published.

As a result, the under-listed resources were moved from the reserved pool to available pool in April 2018.

  • 618,496 /32 IPv4 addresses
  • 15 /32 IPv6 prefixes
  • 80 AS numbers

AFRINIC will start to issue the IPv4 resources near the end of Phase 1 of the soft-landing and until no more than a /11 of non-reserved space is available in the 102/8 block after which the Phase 2 of the soft-landing shall begin. Resource members who get these IP resources shall be notified that these are reclaimed resources.

Source: AFRINIC NEWS

2017 Nigeria Cyber Security Report!

On Monday, 4th June 2018, the 2017 Nigeria Cyber Security Report was launched at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. This is the second edition of the Nigeria Cyber Security Report. This launch was by Demadiur in partnership with the E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) and Serianu Limited Kenya. The presentations and deliberations gave new insights on how Cyber Security challenges can be tackled.

The report contains various articles on Home Security, Cyber Intelligence, Cyber Security trends, and Industry risk ranking, by various contributors. The theme of this edition is “Demystifying Africa’s Cyber Security Poverty Line”.

Mr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, the President Demadiur, during the presentation of the report, explained on the need to fortify the home front. There is the need for local expertise in curbing cyber security threats. From the survey conducted to produce the report, he stated that over 90% of African businesses are operating below the cyber ‘security poverty line’. Operating below the cyber “poverty security level” means that most organisations, especially the SMEs lack the basic ‘commodities’ that would assure them of the minimum security required.

This should not be of any surprise to many. Security is usually placed at the back burner. Most organisations, especially the SMEs lack the required manpower, skills, resources and funding to protect, detect and respond to security challenges. Cyber Security is entirely at a different level and demands more resources and skill to combat.

As cyber-attacks evolve, we need to prepare organisations to combat the attacks. Organisations need to develop proactive cyber security posture and strengthen overall risk. The 2017 Nigeria Security Report gives more insight of the current security levels, challenges and mitigating factors.

I seize this opportunity to congratulate the various contributors to the report, from various organisations including the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Police Special Fraud Unit, Lagos, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN), Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Sterling Bank Plc, Serianu Limited, ESET, Consultancy Support Services Limited, FirstBank Nigeria, Digital Encode,etc.

We appreciate all that the various organisations and individuals are doing to ensure the safety of Nigerians and others in the cyberspace.