Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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TIPS FOR USAGE OF OFFICIAL DEVICES AND INTERNET SAFETY AT WORK

The usage of devices to carry out personal and official activities has become an integral part of our daily lives. Many institutions use connected devices on the Internet. These devices on the network are utilised for collecting, processing, storing, and sharing vast amounts of digital information. As more digital information is gathered, processed and shared, the more the protection of information on these devices has become crucial.

To protect our devices from the cyberattack, there must be an ongoing effort to protect these networked systems and all of the data from unauthorized use or harm. On a personal level, users need to safeguard their identity, their data, and computing devices. At the corporate level, it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the organization’s reputation, data, and customers. At the state level, national security, and the safety and well-being of the citizens are at stake.

There is the need for everyone to be security conscious. Find below general security tips that can be adopted by all:

1. Use strong passwords 

  • Create passwords, at least eight characters (longer is better), and a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols for your online accounts, computer, phone, and other devices.
  • Keep passwords and PINs secret. Don’t disclose them to co-workers/family/contacts, or be tricked into disclosing them.
  • Don’t use the same password across devices and or applications.
  • Change your passwords as the need arises or every 60 days
  • Check your password strength https://www.security.org/how-secure-is-my-password/
  • Lock your devices when not in use.

2. Protect yourself from email scams 

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Look out for phishing emails, alarmist messages, misspellings and grammatical errors, deals or promotions that sound too good to be true, requests for sensitive info like account numbers, BVM, passwords and other signs of a scam. Turn on a filter that warns you of suspicious Web sites.

3. Protect your data on the go 

  • Avoid using public WiFi as much as possible
  • When you use public Wi-Fi, choose the most secure option, even if you have to pay for it. It could include password-protection and encryption.
  • Confirm the exact spelling of the wireless network you’re connecting to. Beware of clever (slightly misspelt) fakes.

4. Regular Backup of Files/laptops 

  • Create folders for the backups and name appropriately.
  • User files should be backed up at least once in a week.
  • Backups should be placed in an external drive and safe.
  • Check backup files once in a week

5. Think before sharing sensitive information 

  • Look for signs of a safe Web page, before you enter sensitive personal or business data–a Web address with https (“s” for secure) and a closed padlock ( ) beside it.
  • Never give sensitive info in response to an e-mail or instant message (IM) request.

6. Think and watch before you click 

  • Pause before you open attachments or click links in an email or IM even if you know the sender; the links/attachments could be deceiving. Confirm with the sender that the message is real or visit the official Website by typing the address yourself.
  • Be wary of clicking links or buttons in pop-up windows.

7. Defend and Protect your computer

Contact your Technical Personnel/Support for the software (operating system, antivirus, etc) updates. Ensure all software (including your Web browser) are current and all recommended security updates/patches are installed. Use updated antivirus, antispam, and antispyware software and firewall. Contact the Technical Support in your organisaton.

 8. Ensure the data and time on the laptop/device is accurate.

The Technical Personnel/Support of your organisation should always be contacted for discussions and installation of software updates on official devices and necessary actions.

NiRA AT NITDA

It is statutory for the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) to submit its annual Business Plan to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). On the 18th November 2020, NiRA had the privilege to visit the Director-General/CEO NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi and the NITDA Management Team to present NiRA’s Business Plan. The NiRA Team consisting of some Executive Board of Directors of NiRA and staff was led by the NiRA President, Mr. Muhammed Rudman. The visit afforded NiRA the opportunity to present some of the NiRA plans to further promote the .ng ccTLD and seek for opportunities for NiRA to align its efforts to the NITDA’s efforts to provide an enabling IT Ecosystem for a Digital Nigeria.

It was a rewarding experience, providing the opportunity for NITDA to learn of the efforts of NiRA in the growth of the Nigerian digital economy.

PROMOTING THE .NG BRAND

Muhammed RudmanThe .ng promo which commenced on the 24th August 2020, to run for three months is coming to a gradual close on the 21st November 2020. This was the first promo run by NiRA and it was very interesting. The .ng promo offered non-premium second level .ng domain names for registration at a capped cost to applicants of .ng domain names. All participating registrars were advised to promote the .ng brand and make the names available at a pre-agreed price though some NiRA Accredited Registrars offered the .ng domain names at a lower price.

NiRA and the 23 participating registrars (find more details on https://register.ng) embarked on promotional exercises (on social media platforms, radio jingles, BRT buses, print media adverts, web adverts).  We are proud of all who participated in the .ng promo. It was a fine time/opportunity for Nigerians to register the .ng domain names of their choice.

We can all attest that the covid-19 pandemic encouraged many businesses to move online.  This helped many businesses to survive. Businesses had to re-strategize.

NiRA conducted an electronic General Meeting (eGM) to constitutionally amend and update the NiRA Harmonised Constitution based on approved members’ inputs; and to vote on the revised and updated NiRA constitution as proposed by NiRA members, as the proposed constitution of the Association. The online discussions held via the members’ mailing list from Tuesday 27th October to Monday 2nd November 2020 and at the end of the discussions, voting by members started at noon on Tuesday 3rd November and closed by 11:59 am on Friday 6th November 2020.  It is with great joy that I communicate that the NiRA membership voted on the draft NiRA constitution and have agreed on certain changes to be incorporated into the constitution of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). I congratulate the NiRA membership for the nobel feat. Efforts are on to incorporate the necessary changes to the draft NiRA constitution.

I would request that all join me to appreciate the hard work of the NiRA Constitution Review Committee (CRC) and their commitment to ensuring that the draft NiRA Constitution was made available for voting by NiRA membership. To members of the CRC,  we appreciate your time, resources, energy, commitment and the different roles played by all to ensure the availability of the NiRA draft constitution. I thank the NiRA membership for the robust discussions and participation during the eGM and voting.  This is a great achievement for NiRA that should be applauded.

 I have the singular honour on behalf of the NiRA Executive Board of Directors and NiRA Secretariat to felicitate with and congratulate some of our colleagues on the NiRA Executive Board on their recognitions and awards. Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts was recognized by ICANN for his service on the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where he has served for many years.

Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani has continued to win awards and accolades for his contributions to the Telecom Sector in Nigeria and internationally. We are very proud of the achievements of these gentlemen. All these achievements go a long way to promote the .ng brand.
We encourage all to continue to observe the protocols and guidelines for covid-19.  We should continue to be safe and keep safe even whilst online!!!

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

MR. CALEB OGUNDELE EMERGES AS ISOC NIGERIA CHAPTER PRESIDENT

states that they are a group of human beings, who are interested in making sure the Internet remains a safe, secure and trusted platform that closes gaps and enables innovation to improve human life. On the Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria Chapter website, https://isoc.ng, it is stated that the Internet should be accessible to everyone regardless of their language, location or economic state and ISOC Nigeria encourages all to join them and help their statement a reality.

Mr. Caleb Olumuyiwa Ogundele took over as the President of ISOC Nigeria Chapter on the 11th of November 2020. He leads a team of seven individuals elected to the ISOC Nigeria Chapter Executive Committee. Prior to this date, the outgoing leadership members paired with the incoming counterparts to facilitate a smooth transition. ISOC Nigeria Chapter had used the guidelines from the ISOC Nigeria Chapter bylaws to successfully elect its next set of Chapter leaders in 2020. The election Committee consisted of non-contesting volunteers from ISOC Nigeria Chapter, credible people from the Academia and the industry in the field of IT. The volunteer committee members were led by its chairman, Mr. Akinloye Triumph Okinbaloye. The agreed election procedure and timeline were adhered to strictly.

 The Management and staff of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) congratulate the executive team of ISOC Nigeria Chapter and wish the leadership of ISOC Nigeria Chapter success in their endeavours.

ENGR. IKECHUKWU NNAMANI AS HE GETS SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO TELECOM SECTOR AT NTITA 2020

Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited received the special recognition award at the 2020  Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA) for his contributions to the Telecom Sector in Nigeria. According to the organizers, InstituteWave, the contributions of Engr Nnamani has continued to help bridge the digital divide in Nigeria. This was at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja on the 7th of November 2020. Recall that in the 2019 edition of NTITA, Engr Nnamani had won the Data Centre Personality Award in the year 2019 for the impact on the Nigeria economy of his work in the promotion of data centre business in Nigeria. The art of winning IT and Telecoms awards across Nigeria and Africa comes naturally to Engr Ike Nnamani and his organisation, Medallion Communications Limited.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited, an interconnect clearinghouse and Co-location Data service Company, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani has continued to pilot the affairs of Medallion Communications Limited to win many accolades. With a core vision of bridging the digital divide between nations and integrates technologies for practical solutions, Engr. Nnamani has focused on implementing the core network infrastructure that promotes, develops, and distributes local contents and ensuring a high quality of service is delivered to the subscribers at an affordable price.

Engr Nnamani and Medallion Communications Limited are used to winning several awards annually based on the quality of work of both the individual and the organisation. At the 2020 Ghana Information Technology and Telecoms Awards (GITTA), on the 13th November 2020, Medallion Communication Limited also won the best DataCenter of the year award.

Before co-founding Medallion Communications Limited, Engr Nnamani had worked as an optical systems engineer at Luxcore Networks Inc, in Atlanta Georgia, USA, where he had helped design and manufacture Luxcore’s Semiconductor and Waveguide Optical Regenerative Device.

We must commend Engr Nnamani and Medallion Communications Limited on these great achievements.

We have noted the other achievements of Engr Ikechukwu Nnamni in his emergence on Thursday 12th November 2020 as the President of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) 2020-2022. We congratulate him.  NiRA wishes Engr Nnamani and the other NEC members of ATCON, the very best as he and his team have vowed to focus on Strengthening the ATCON Secretariat for more efficiency, driving increased membership and Financial sustainability of the Association.