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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.

.NG Domain Name Active Domains as at 31st May 2018

In the last two years, the rate of .ng domain name registrations has almost doubled. Yet the rate of renewals is not so encouraging especially at the third level.

In the month of May 2018, the total number of domain names registered (fresh registration and renewals) was 7,775 whilst for April 2018, the total domain name registrations (fresh registration and renewals) was 7,219. And in comparison, for May 2017, this figure stands at 6,154.

STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS BLOG ONLINE

A blog is an online journal, with your latest stories appearing first. You can also blog photographs. As you have possibly noticed, society is very supportive of creative individuals. People have become creative, turned blogging into an enviable source of income. Many people blog and has turned blogging also into a necessary marketing tool. It is quite easy to start a blog of your business website. It is necessary to keep your blog updated with fresh and relevant content that will interest people to visit your website and thereby help and keep your business ranking high in search results.  There are several basic tips to adopt to keep your blog interesting and engaging.

You need to take note of engaging topics for your target audience. This can include tips or solutions to business challenges or problems. Whatever you write about must be of interest and value to your target audience.

Build a content calendar. Just as you want to post social media updates regularly, do the same with your blog. A regular deadline will help you focus and keep your business fresh in the minds of readers.

Use keywords of interest to your readers/followers. These keywords would be searched for to find businesses like yours. Use simple language to communicate and connect with your readers. Your readers must be able to understand and appreciate your articles and understand you from your posts.

For your website, register a relevant .ng domain name:  Your domain name is your online identity and it is important you choose the right .ng domain name from the onset. It is a business decision. There are basic rules in choosing the right .ng domain name; you need to consider a name that is short, memorable, unique, readable, and of course, relevant and applicable to your business. The registration of .ng domain names is via the platform of NiRA Accredited Registrars. To register .ng domain name for your blog immediately, visit any of the NiRA Accredited Registrars via the link: https://nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars.

Remember to promote your blog posts on your social media accounts. Be sure to include links, images (your own or stock photos) to increase click-through and read rates.

Track your results. Regularly review traffic statistics for your posts, such as unique visitors, time on the page, where they’re coming from, what search terms they used and the number of comments per post.

Invite your blog readers to join your email list so they’ll always know when you are publishing something new.