Saddened by the inability of small and medium enterprises to deploy and retain cyber security solutions’ subscriptions, largely due to the financial and economic downturn being witnessed in the country, ESET has launched a campaign that will bring succour to decision makers of affected businesses and users.
Mr. Olufemi Ake, country manager, ESET, Nigeria and Ghana, disclosed that recent market intelligence findings show that the majority of businesses in Nigeria are less secure from cyber security threats and that an average of 12% of already IT secured Organizations in Nigeria hardly renewed their security solutions between January 2015 and December 2016.
About 80% of the unreturned blamed the situation on the economy as funds are generally being diverted to keep the company afloat with payment of salaries and day-to-day running cost.
This is also attributed to the surge in the price of IT security solutions primarily as a result of the exchange rates instability and hike between 2014 and to date.
ESET – being an IT Security Company dedicated to developing high-performing security solutions for home users and corporate customers, detecting and disabling all known and emerging forms of threats globally – is highly concerned about this trend.
“Our improved cloud-powered scanning and file reputation in the Endpoint Security Suite is such an immense value for money to businesses as this feature speeds up system scans and keeps false positives to an absolute minimum, while preserving confidentiality of Organisations’ data and assets.
“It is desirable in today’s business environment to have solutions that guarantee anti-ransomware which also prevents Organisations from losing money to ransom attackers, 24/7 support service remotely and on-site, real-time reporting with pro-active protection, low system demand, which in summary boosts return on investments,” said Mr Ake.
Meanwhile, a recent report released by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) indicates that out of the 2,175 Nigerian websites hacked in 2015, 585 were government owned, whereas out of about 97 million internet users (during the period) in Nigeria, 14% suffer cyber-attacks. In December 2015, Nigeria was the 17th most cyber-attacked nation in the world based on threat intelligence report. This also reiterates the need for companies to be proactive with cyber security at every point in time.
To this end, Mr Ake said, “ESET is determined to support Organisations and the government to help reduce the alarming losses to cyber criminals. We are open offer exciting discounts and free subscription of up to ‘One Full Year’ if licenses are bought new or renewed with us. This we believe would encourage both existing and interested users from government agencies, small or large business enterprises, schools, hospitals, manufacturing amongst others to highly prioritise IT Security as it would go a long way to eliminate issues from cyber security attacks hence keeping the company data and assets safe at extremely low cost with high return on investment (RoI).
“As a security company, we must support our clients to mitigate the effects from these tough times currently being experienced by businesses”, Mr. Ake said, and “ESET will be more than happy to have Organisations enjoy safer technology through this recession and beyond with the campaign as a proactive measure to encourage businesses secure their assets and in turn curb cybercrime currently crippling businesses today”.
FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence
Federal government on Tuesday announced that it has developed initiatives for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technology in Nigeria.
The establishment of a Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Nigeria (CFAIR) is also expected soon.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that AI applications enable innovative solutions, improve risk assessment, better planning, and faster knowledge-sharing.
Abdullahi Usman Gambo, director of IT Infrastructure Solution, NITDA, spoke at a workshop in commemoration of International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
He noted that AI would open up opportunities for access to information and also help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations (UN) in the 2030 Agenda.
Gambo said: “Artificial Intelligence is poised to revolutionize the way we go about our daily lives – from governance to business, legislation to medicine to defence, etc. We can all agree that AI is humanity’s new frontier.
“We have developed initiatives for adoption of emerging technologies such as AI, strengthen cybersecurity, digital skills for digitally excluded citizens while enhancing the regulatory and market environment to increase access to ICTs, and promote seamless access to information.
“We believe AI and associated emerging technologies will completely enhance the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of information gathering during the exchange of data or the ways of communication,” he said.
Delivering his paper, Yushau Shuaib, publisher of PRNigeria, described access to information as the right of the citizens to accurate, transparent, and timely facts and figures.
The former National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman stated that governments at all levels have obligations to communicate with people, while the public has the right to know and criticize authorities through constructive engagement.
The media executive, however, appealed to Nigerians not to use social media platforms for fake news dissemination.
“The merits of new media on affordability, accessibility and instant delivery are occasionally marred by the fact that social media is sometimes used to spread fake news”, he said.
Shuaib called for collaboration of stakeholders in ensuring appropriate legislation through public awareness campaigns in order to improve access to universal information.
Samsung Unveils Technologically Advanced 2020 Consumer Products
Samsung Electronics Nigeria has unveiled its 2020 consumer products range. The launch which held in Victoria Island, Lagos showcased the latest in its revolutionary and innovative QLED and Crystal UHD Television Series along with Wind Free Air Conditioners, Side by Side Refrigerators and Drum Washing Machines.
Keeping with its resolve to utilize its transformative ideas and technologies to shape the future and inspire the whole world, Samsung has once again demonstrated its determination to continuously redefine the living space and entertainment of its customers.
According to Mr. Caden Chiyeon Yu, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics Nigeria, “QLED uses exceptional and revolutionary technology which offers an unparalleled visual and auditory adventure from the comfort of your living room. QLED series is available in 4K or 8K and from 58″ to 98”, and was designed with options to fit any space and budget”. For Crystal UHD Television, Mr. Yu said, with cutting-edge Crystal Display, the new Crystal UHD TV will bring high-resolution content to life in a whole new way, delivering a viewing experience like never before in a mainstream UHD TV.
Also showcased at the launch were the new Windfree Air Conditioner, Drum Washing Machines and Side by Side refrigerators. The Windfree Air Conditioner is designed specially with the latest technology to provide coolness in quick time while ensuring that users don’t experience any chills through out its use. It also has an in-built digital inverter which reduces energy consumption by 73 percent. .
The newly introduced drum washing machine of 2020 from Samsung is very efficient and is built with eco bubble technolgy which allows it to provide cleaning of very dirty garments or clothes without the use of water. Futhermore, the new Side by Side Refrigetor was built with Spacemax technology which has enabled Samsung to offer more spacious interior without increasing the external dimentions or compromising energy efficiency.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs. Oluwaremilekun Adesola-Ogunsan, Head, Consumer Electronics, Samsung Nigeria stated that “Samsung understands the economic diffulties currently being experienced in the country and has consistently produced pocket friendly premium consumer products. We are very consistent in our approach as we understand that our customers like the good things of life and we have provided that without compromising our standards”. “So I can say boldy that there is a Samsung for everybody regardless of your income stream” She added.
In 2019, the Samsung consumer range of products received universal praise for its innovative quality and design and numerous pioneering features. This year Samsung has added even more beneficial features which its customers will appreciate in great deal.
CWG Plc Empowers Small Businesses in Nigeria with SME Solution
Pan-African Information and Communications Technology Company, CWG Plc has said the essence of its Enterprise Resource Planning Solution (SMERP) that runs on the cloud is to empower small and medium enterprises in Nigeria and offer them the required tools to manage their entire business.
Mr. Dolapo Orogbemi, Product Manager for SMERP, who disclosed this recently to the media, noted that with SMEs contributing massively to Nigeria’s economy and creating both direct and indirect jobs, SMERP was designed intentionally to help SMEs thrive.
“Since inception, it has been the number one goal for us here at CWG because we have always identified the potential for SMEs once they are provided with the right support.
Thus, SMERP was designed to make available enabling tools for all SMEs across Africa at a relatively affordable price and to also make their business operations lean where they can save more resources to increase profitability,” he said.
Dolapo explained that in support of SMEs, SMERP has provided an effective ERP tailored to the SME market, providing services such as Inventory Management, E-commerce platform, Accounting, Point of Sale and Customer Relationship Management tool.
He argued that one of the major reasons SMEs don’t survive beyond the early stage of their business is due to inadequate funding to scale the business and this has become a default gap in the SME sector.
But with the CWG’s SMERP solution, SMEs can take proper records of their day-to-day business transactions to present to financial institutions as proof of profitability and project business growth for them.
According to him, SMERP’s competitive edge is based on value to the SMEs where they can have access to a complete ERP solution at an affordable price, stressing that the solution enables each SME with special requirements to execute their business needs.
For more information on SMERP kindly visit www.smerp.ng to start a 14-days free trial.
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