Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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DNSSEC IN A NUTSHELL

The Domain Name System Security Extension Workshop put together by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) has brought about more awareness and understanding in the ecosystem. It provided the opportunity for participants to have a clearer picture of what the domain security extension means to the participants, and how it works.

In a nutshell, the DNSSEC protocol uses public key cryptography to give authentication and integrity to the DNS queries. It is simply data authenticity and integrity which is achieved  by signing the Resource Record sets with a private key.

All parties involved in the Domain Name System operation have roles to play in the full implementation of DNSSEC. The chain of trust begins from the DNS root server level and cascades to the Registrant that the fully qualified domain name is delegated to. Each of the zones must be signed and must correspond to the Delegation Signer record in the top level zones.

 

ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS SIGNING .NG

Last week (18th - 20th March 2019), NIRA Academy collaborated with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) University of Oregon to mount a training workshop on the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the NiRA Office Complex in Lagos.

The three-day DNSSEC workshop was designed for key players in the Internet community (Regulators, Internet Service Providers, Telecommunication companies, NiRA Accredited Registrars, and the Academic community) who provide online services to cryptographically protect contents online and enhance the security of the Internet by effectively deploying DNSSEC.

The training was well attended by NIRA Accredited registrars, several other NIRA stakeholders including participants from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone Plc, Spectranet  Limited, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Medallion Communications, Rack Centre, Main One, 9 Mobile Communications and  VDT Communications.

It was evident that participants look forward to many more opportunities for collective intellectual engagements around key issues, in Internet Governance. They discussed important questions around Nigeria’s unique IT environment and brainstormed on the possible challenges which might occur during the DNSSEC implementation

At the close of the workshop, I advised the participants to set up a virtual group so that they can continue the conversations after the training, with a view to driving the implementation of DNSSEC across Nigeria’s ICT landscape. I also encouraged the participants to give time and other resources to build the next generation of Trainers at similar workshops.

I am excited to note that with the hitch free delivery of such a multi-stakeholder workshop, the NIRA Academy has again added another feather to its cap. The Academy has grown steadily since inception and I have no doubts that NiRA’s goal that is should be a vehicle for the growth of the body of knowledge in the Domain Name Space in Nigeria is being fulfilled.

We are indeed grateful to NSRC, sponsors and all who made it happen. Thank you.

 

I remain your President, 

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

Nigeria to get rid of Electronic Waste

On the 5th March 2019, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) declared open a Public Inquiry on Regulations for Electronic Waste and Guidelines for Disaster Recovery at the NCC Head Office in Abuja. He called on all stakeholders in the Telecommunication and tangential Sectors to collaborate and rid Nigeria of Electronic Waste (e-Waste). Referencing a World Economic Forum report, he stated that electronic waste is the fastest- growing waste stream in the world and stakeholders should take concrete implementable actions to address the situation.

Participants were urged to make frank and useful suggestions to deepen the renewed governmental intervention in e-waste management and disaster recovery. They were also reminded of NCC's commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to address challenges associated with the telecom service provisioning.

https://www.ncc.gov.ng/stakeholder/media-public/news-headlines/488-we-must-collaborate-to-rid-nigeria-of-electronic-waste-danbatta

A call for an Information Communications Technology Development Bank

The impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on the growth of the Nigerian economy is immense. In core areas of the economy like Agriculture and Energy, ICT is steadily creating platforms and opportunities for accelerated development. The consistent growth of ICT and the various potentials and opportunities in Nigeria has not gone unnoticed by global tech brands, who continue to pitch their tents in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Government, through NITDA has put together a detailed plan for ICT development. There is still a lot to be done in order to implement the laid-out strategies in various areas of the policy document.

In the Investment and funding section of the policy, two of the strategies designed to develop the growth of Technology in Nigeria require government to:

(1) Provide appropriate fiscal incentives to encourage local manufacture of ICT equipment and development of software;

(2) Adopt financing models that foster indigenous ICT entrepreneurship.

See https://nitda.gov.ng/nit/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/National-ICT-Policy1.pdf

Many of the Technologies currently being deployed in Nigeria are imported or adapted, due to a number of factors which include the non-existence of the required capital to pursue the core development of such Technologies in-country. IT organizations the world over, benefit from huge investments in laboratories for prototype development and testing, which ensure that they stay ahead of themselves as they evolve. It also ensures that they remain responsive to the growing needs of their end users.

The country has already recognized the need for Development Banks in other spheres of the economy and indeed has floated necessary incentives for investors in those areas.

If ICT is to develop locally at a speed that will make the budding Technology Community evolve and become useful, it is now important to consider the setup of a Technology Development Bank in Nigeria. This bank will provide the much-needed seed for growing ICT research and innovation in Nigeria.

This is my second call for the ICT Development Bank, the first being the 2018 Forum of the Nigerian Network Operators Group (ngNOG).

If eventually we get to fund the ideas and innovations in the sector, the strategy will in no small measure contribute to the growth of the DNS Industry. The conversation has started.

I remain your President, 

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

Caleb Olumuyiwa Ogundele, NiRA Member selected for ICANN Fellowship Program

As at 28th February 2019, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that 34 individuals from 32 countries have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24-27 June 2019. In all, ICANN had received 57 applications for the ICANN65 Fellowship Program.

The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business, technical, security, and end user groups.

Mr. Ogundele, a member of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is one the 34 individuals selected for ICANN65 Fellowship. The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

NiRA congratulates Mr. Ogundele.

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-02-28-en