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CyberXchange Confab ’16 Rings Collabo to Strengthen W/Africa’s Cyber Security

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The number one topic for CEOs this year is cyber security and keeping company as well as client ecosystems safe.

Security issues are even more pronounced with the slump in oil prices causing economic downturns in resource rich countries and in turn spurring an accelerated uptick in cyber-criminal activity and corporate espionage.

To this end, organisers of CyberXchange 2016 said that the Conference is a direct response to this clear and present challenge in West Africa; a global convergence of Information Security professionals which is set to hold on 2nd and 3rd of November at the Landmark Event Centre, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos Nigeria.

During the two-day conference, carefully selected topics will be discussed by leading Chief executives, renowned professionals, government officials and holistic cross-section stakeholders to examine current cyber security trends and produce tangible recommendations for solutions.

The free attendee exhibition on both days of CyberXchange 2016 will feature solution providers, product demos, product launches, a cybersecurity Hackathon and a chance for Business-to-Business introductions.

Select schools that offer cybersecurity programs will be on hand at the exhibition to meet interested candidates.

Workshops will be available alongside the conference on both days for practical ready-to-use training for IT security professionals and a unique Master-class for chief executives to get a handle on cyber security at their organizations.

The event is open to cybersecurity practitioners, leaders, academia and researchers in both private and public sectors including Finance, Payments, ecommerce, Banking, Telecommunications, Digital Media, Energy, and emerging start-up companies, Legal, law enforcement, regulators, and national security related agencies.

Speaking on the conference, Hashim Zein, resident conference consultant said, “The CyberXchange 2016 Conference is part of our effort to aggregate the views of Information Security stakeholders and drive its practical applications”. “There will also be a Hackathon session at the conference. This is aimed at developing the capacity of budding information security professionals.” He added.

According to Facebook, sponsors of the Hackathon, “We hope to discover new talent, and ideas; and to encourage development in the field of information security. It is our hope that besides discovering gifted hackers and cyber-defenders, the CyberXchange 2016 Hackathon will inspire the development of West Africa’s Information Security  Professionals.’’

Organizations which will be represented at the CyberXchange Conference 2016 includes; IBM, Interswitch, Ernst & Young,UBER, Belverdere, PAGA, Digital Encode, Central Bank of Nigeria, Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Facebook, Co-Creation Hub, DeltaGRiC Consulting, ERPScan, Vmware, ImpervaIncapsula, Rack Centre Limited and Union Bank.

Founded in 2014, the CyberXchange Conference is an annual event series designed to shine a spotlight on new and emerging technology that is changing the ways that business is done in West Africa.

The conference is an avenue to analyse and chart the course of technological innovations in West Africa.

 


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Ayoba Signs Up AppsFlyer as Effort To Become Africa’s Largest Digital Platform

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AppsFlyer, the global marketing attribution leader, has announced a partnership with Ayoba to propel the free instant messaging app designed by Africans for Africans to become the largest digital platform in Africa.

Ayoba offers users an ecosystem of digital and rich media services through channels, micro-apps and payment solutions, embedded within one app. By leveraging AppsFlyer’s technology across its user acquisition efforts, Ayoba will get a clearer picture of which acquisition channels work best and where efforts should be focused.

The integration of AppsFlyer’s technology will also enable a clearer understanding of Ayoba’s entire funnel of acquisition and, in the near future, will enable more effective retargeting and re-engagement of users. This new capability is essential for campaign optimization and driving organic long term growth for the app.

Africa is one of the largest mobile first regions in the world and Ayoba’s highly localised and tailored content is designed with the African user in mind. Localised content is available through curated channels aimed at entertaining, educating and empowering communities as well as a range of games.

Ayoba is available as an Android app across the continent and is network agnostic. Through the partnership with MTN, Ayoba is available to MTN users at no data cost in most of its markets.

Users can also send messages to non Ayoba users (those without the app) or users with very basic phones. The message is delivered as an SMS and MTN users can reply to these messages and the message will land on the app. For users in South Africa, Ayoba’s platform also has two dedicated COVID-19 channels providing vital reports on infections and other information at no data cost to users.

AppsFlyer provides some of the world’s leading companies and brands with analytics tools to better inform and measure marketing decisions. Its partnership with Ayoba comes on the back of earlier partnerships with telecom group Vodacom and ecommerce app Jiji across key regions in Africa.

Commenting on the partnership, Daniel Junowicz, Managing Director, LATAM & Africa at AppsFlyer said: ‘Understanding what acquisition channels work best is one of the keys to driving growth and user retention for apps and helps to optimize marketing activity. Ayoba is a unique and exciting app offering users access to a wide range of features and content. It’s great to be able to support their growth ambitions with our unparalleled mobile marketing analytics as Ayoba expands across Africa.”

Olivier Prentout, Head of Consumer Marketing for Ayoba, added: “The AppsFlyer team has been very supportive with rolling out this project. The technology is new to many on our team but AppsFlyer has been there to make sure we get the maximum value out of this partnership.

We now have a clearer understanding of where to focus our acquisition activities and better positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that abound on the continent. We look forward to working more closely with AppsFlyer as we continue on our mission to become the biggest digital platform in Africa.”


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Western Digital, Dropbox Partner to Accelerate Deployment of Cloud Infrastructure

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Empowering the world’s most essential data infrastructures, Western Digital Corp. today announced that Dropbox a leading global collaboration platform, is one of the first to qualify the Ultrastarâ DC HC650 20TB, host-managed, shingled magnetic recording (SMR) hard disk drives (HDD).

With Western Digital SMR HDDs serving as the storage foundation for its custom-built, multi-exabyte storage platforms, Dropbox continues its strategic path, taking advantage of the highest storage densities with the lowest TCO without sacrificing data durability and availability for its 600 million+ online customers.

“We’ve been working with Western Digital for many years, and throughout several phases of our storage platform development,” said Andrew Fong, vice president of engineering, Dropbox. “Online tools and services are more important than ever before, so we need to be able to quickly innovate, expand functionality and scale to help stay competitive.

“We look forward to deploying these higher capacity 20TB SMR hard drives to further our cost savings and to provide our customers with even more value. Western Digital is an important strategic partner and we look forward to continuously pushing cloud infrastructure boundaries together.”

“Dropbox was a pioneer in adopting SMR at scale, and their commitment has definitely paid off, giving them an early mover advantage by enabling rapid development of the highest capacity HDDs in the industry into their cloud infrastructure,” said Andrew Dorian, vice president of enterprise hard drives.

“We are pleased to continue our long-term partnership with Dropbox to help them scale and capitalize on the growing customer demand for cloud services, online storage and remote collaboration tools.”

As the industry’s first 20TB HDDs, the Ultrastar DC HC650 delivers unmatched TCO for scale-out enterprise and cloud data centers through increased storage density and improved power efficiency.

Featuring the highest capacity in the industry, cloud and enterprise customers recognize the benefits of SMR HDDs and are adopting the technology to contend with the massive growth in data.

When considering exabyte-scale needs, and associated capital and operating cost of the data center, the long-term value in terms of lower cost-per-TB, higher density, low power and high reliability can help benefit the bottom line.

Several complementary technology innovations are featured in the Ultrastar DC HC650, including the industry’s first energy-assisted magnetic recording (EAMR) implementation, the industry’s first triple-stage actuator and the fifth generation of HelioSeal® technology.

Western Digital SMR HDDs are also an integral part of Zoned Storage, an open-source, standards-based initiative building upon the synergies of SMR HDDs and ZNS SSDs that enables data centers to scale efficiently.


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NIMC Plans to Issue 2.5m National Identification Monthly

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National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said it would scale up the enrolment and issuance of the unique National Identification Numbers to Nigerians and legal residents from 500,000 to 2.5 million monthly.

NIMC Plans to Issue 2.5m National Identification Monthly

Aliyu Aziz, director-general, NIMC, said this was the commission’s renewed commitment towards the provision of identity services to the nation.

He gave the assurance while playing host to Isa Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy, , who was on an official visit to the commission’s head office in Abuja.

Aziz said in a statement issued in Abuja by Kayode Adegoke, ead, Corporate Communication, NIMC, that the commission would meet and surpass the monthly target.

This, he said, would be part of the policy statements in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.

The NIMC boss told his guest that the commission had competent human resources and was looking forward to government support and intervention in injecting the much needed material resources to realise the set objectives.

Pantami charged the commission to increase and improve its performance with regards to NIN registration and issuance, as he also reiterated the target of 2.5 million monthly enrolments.

The minister told his host that the importance of digital identity in actualising the digital economy goals could not be overemphasised and commended the strides recorded by the NIMC despite limited resources.


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