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Forcepoint Unveils Digital Transformation Acceleration Strategy with New Converged Cybersecurity Solutions and Partner Ecosystem

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Forcepoint is strategically investing in the creation of a human-centric technology partner ecosystem that enables customers to achieve their digital transformation outcomes by enabling secure migration of data, applications, and business operations to the cloud.

Forcepoint’s global technology and strategic alliances span areas including public cloud, data classification, identity and access management. It ensures that customers have the ability to simplify collaboration between vendors and create an integrated security stack. Forcepoint ensures that all tools including identity-as-a-service tools, collaboration, HR, IT service management, workflows, incident response and other mission-critical business applications can deliver an understanding of the behavior of digital identities, and help extend the risk-adaptive protection to existing security infrastructure.

About Cloud Security

The widespread adoption of cloud solutions has been driven by the myriad of associated benefits offered, such as flexibility, scalability and remote access. At the same time, concerns have been raised regarding the security of these solutions when it comes to keeping sensitive data safe from malicious actors.

 

Fortunately, this can be avoided by demonstrating that both the organisation and the provider are committed to optimum cybersecurity, by investing in adequate prevention of cyber threats, good data security and data protection. Forcepoint Cloud Security Solution addresses these concerns

 

At the recent Bankers Summit in Lagos Nigeria, Forcepoint Regional Manager for Africa – Gregg Brans noted that “Forcepoint’ssecurity solutions help customers transition from on-premise to cloud mitigatingany cloud adoption fears.We integrate perfectly with public cloud service providers like AWS, Azure,  G-Suite providing a secure risk-adaptive intelligent approach to security challenges.”

Our journey into a complex world of digital transformation is already happening . Our ecosystems are already beginning to look the one on the top right.  Complexity and risk is already high, as we operate in a multi-dimensional world based, on user and data connections. ​

  • 73% of enterprises will run almost entirely on SaaS by 2020 ​
  • 87% of companies rely on their employees using personal devices to access business apps  ​
  • 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day ​

 

Organizations need to place users and data at the center of their design thinking.

If you take a look at how security is applied in an infrastructure-centric paradigm, policies are applied from the infrastructure to groups, or departments or to the whole company. The result is friction for genuine users, and an opportunity for malicious users that may find loop holes in the policy or the rights that are applied. Due to the generic nature of these policies, the noise of events and log files makes finding the bad amongst the good extremely difficult.

 

Human-centric cyber security from Forcepoint flips that paradigm on its head and changes everything.  By making humans, and not events, the units of analysis, you can now use events as data input to understand what each individual is trying to do by their behavior.

 

Based on that understanding of each user’s behavior and intent, you can then apply different policies depending on the riskiness of that behavior.  The result is one to one security which provides more user freedom and appropriate security enforcement based on a risk adaptive profile. ​

 

 

Human-centric cyber security  flips that paradigm on its head and changes everything.  By making humans, and not events, the units of analysis, you can now use events as data input to understand what each individual is trying to do by their behavior.

 

Based on that understanding of each user’s behavior and intent, you can then apply different policies depending on the riskiness of that behavior.  You can now get aggressive with automation to stop threats without breaking the environment.  The result is ONE to ONE security that provides more user freedom and appropriate security enforcement based on a risk adaptive profile 

 

Forcepoint Human-centric Portfolio

Forcepoint is converging its capabilities to simplify deployment and management of your security stack and eliminate security gaps. Each capability is best-in-class; you can start anywhere and expand as your needs grow. Forcepoint`s unified policy and common analytics and orchestration streamline management.

 

Forcepoint’s solutions include:

 

Forcepoint DLP

Discovery and protection to meet regulatory and industry compliance.

Forcepoint Behavioral Analytics

User and entity behavior analytics for a zero-perimeter world. The leader in actionable insights based on risk-adaptive scoring.

Forcepoint Insider Threat

User visibility and incident context for sensitive data. The most comprehensive understanding of user intent, trusted on over 1 million endpoints.

Forcepoint CASB

Visibility and control over your complete cloud environment. The broadest cloud application support with unique customized risk assessment based

Forcepoint SD-WAN & Next Generation Firewall (NGFW)

Highly secure, efficient and available network security. Cuts network expenses by 50 percent, reduces cyberattacks by up to 86 percent and slashes incident response time by as much as 73 percent.

Forcepoint Data Guard

Secure collaboration and information sharing for government agencies. Eliminates costly and time-consuming manual data transfers of highly-regulated, sensitive data.

Forcepoint Web and Email Security

Unified protection from advanced threats at any location, on any device. Threat detection is 100 percent with zero false positives.

 

About Forcepoint

Forcepoint is the global human-centric cybersecurity company transforming the digital enterprise by continuously adapting security response to the dynamic risk posed by individual users and machines. The Forcepoint Human Point system delivers Risk-Adaptive Protection to continuously ensure trusted use of data and systems. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint protects the human point for thousands of enterprise and government customers in more than 150 countries. www.forcepoint.com

“Behavior-based cybersecurity is tailor-made for the era of mobility and cloud because it enables enterprises to detect and respond faster to risk than legacy paradigms that focus only on protecting infrastructure,” said Matt Moynahan, CEO, Forcepoint.

“Forcepoint’s human-centric approach to security enables our customers to protect their people and critical data against the most sophisticated attackers, while freeing them to conduct their business or mission in the most efficient and agile way possible.”

PARTNER QUOTE (Infodata Professional Services Limited, Nigeria):

Infodata Professional Services Platinum Partnership level and investment in Forcepoint IP over the past two years is a deep sign of our commitment to the consolidated range of security products that has added immense value to our customers in Nigeria and West Africa. Forcepoint is the only vendor that has shown deep commitment to the security challenges within the West African Business Ecosystem. These set of solutions consolidate and secure customers Web, Email, DLP with integrated Advanced Malware Detection capabilities giving our customers the basic building block for Behavioural Analytics and ensuring Insider Threat metrics are captured in real time. In the words of Infodata CEO-Chuks Ulu Udensi: “Forcepoint gives a one stop shop for secure versatile and resilient enterprises as customers start and build on their risk-adaptive digital transformation Journey and a worthy security partner to drive the human centric risk-adaptive approach to cybersecurity”.

For more information visit Www.infodata.com.ng or Email: [email protected]

 


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Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Satellite Operators Push New Signal across Africa, Indian Ocean Regions

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The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), has started to broadcast a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) signal over Africa and Indian Ocean (AFI), providing its first open service in the region via NIGCOMSAT-1R Satellite managed and operated the by Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd., under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Satellite Operators Push New Signal across Africa, Indian Ocean Regions

This early open service is provided as part of the programme, which pursues the autonomous provision SBAS services in Africa, to augment the performances of the satellite navigation constellations GPS and Galileo.

With improved accuracy to within a meter, and boosted integrity, availability, and continuity of safety-related applications, these SBAS services will improve flight safety and efficiency in Africa, and also benefit the economy in many areas as land, sea, and rail transport, as well as mass-market applications, supporting user safety, cost-effectiveness, and sustainable development.

The launched open service essentially aims to carry-out technical trials, and to undertake partner airlines field demonstrations for aircraft and rotorcraft, to demonstrate the benefits of the future operational safety-of-life SBAS services, expected from 2024. It will also include early Precise Point Positioning (PPP), and emergency warning service to populations, which performance will be proven through other demonstrations.

The signal-in-space is generated by a dedicated system tested, developed as part of the “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” preliminary design phase, financed by the European Union, and awarded to Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales (67 per cent), and Leonardo (33 per cent).

The “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” is based on the European EGNOS (1) developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), acting under the delegation of the European Commission and operated by the European GNSS Agency GSA.

The system prototype uses as reference stations the SAGAIE network deployed by CNES and ASECNA with the support of Thales Alenia Space.

The signal is broadcasted via the SBAS payload on NigComSat 1R GEO satellite of the Nigerian Communications Satellite, and an uplink station deployed in Abuja, Nigeria.

It is compliant to the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and the minimum operational performance standard developed by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) organisation.

It will be visible in the whole of Africa and the Indian Ocean, up to the West Australian coast, and also in Europe.

Dr. Abimbola Alale, managing director/chief executive officer of NIGCOMSAT, said: “we are proud to be part of this ambitious program to provide satellite navigation services in the Africa and Indian Ocean region. The use of our geostationary communication satellite NIGCOMSAT-1R navigation payload to broadcast the first signal will be Africa’s premier contribution to SBAS as a regional satellite-based augmentation system for the continent.”

On his part, Benoit Broudy, vice president, Navigation Business at Thales Alenia Space in France, said the longstanding expertise acquired with the development of EGNOS1 SBAS in Europe, and KASS SBAS in Korea, combined with the new leading-edge satellite positioning technologies make Thales Alenia the ideal partner to best support countries to implement their own SBAS efficiently.

“The equatorial region represents also a key engineering challenge for such a system due to difficult ionosphere conditions, for which Thales Alenia Space has developed a proven solution,” he stated.

Mohamed Moussa, director-general of ASECNA, said the provision of the first African SBAS early service is a crucial major step forward in the development of satellite navigation in the AFI region, and in the deployment of the “SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean” system, the navigation solution for Africa by Africa.

He said: “It demonstrates the ambition and commitment of ASECNA to enhance air navigation safety for the benefit of the whole continent, in line with my vision for the unification of the African Sky.”


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ipNX, USTDA Ink Partnership Deal to Develop Nigeria’s ICT Infrastructure

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ipNX, Nigeria’s pioneering and leading information, communications and technology (ICT) company and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) have signed a partnership deal that will further support the development of Nigeria’s ICT and broadband infrastructure and help ipNX expand its fibre-optic network to more than 200,000 residences in Lagos and other locations, including Abuja and Port Harcourt.

A virtual signing ceremony that signalled the beginning of this far reaching relationship between the two parties was held on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Through this innovative initiative, the USTDA is supporting ipNX to promote inclusive, secure and sustainable connectivity across the nation.

The agreements were made possible as a result of several engagements between the USTDA delegation to Nigeria and the leadership of ipNX; and will advance the goals of the recently updated Nigerian Broadband Plan.

At the Signing Ceremony, Ejovi Aror, group managing director of ipNX, said: “We believe that world-class connectivity and broadband internet access will be pivotal to the digital transformation and socio-economic development of Nigeria.

‘We are very positive that this project will play a crucial role in making our belief a reality.”

Aror added that with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the case for a vibrant ICT sector has never been stronger and the new partnership will bring ipNX a step closer to achieving its mission to continually leverage technology to create innovative solutions that help mankind thrive, while making a crucial impact to the lives of Nigerians across the country.

Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, said’ “These projects will support the development of Nigeria’s telecoms infrastructure and help to achieve the goals of the National Broadband Plan.

“The U.S. Government has committed significant resources to improving telecoms infrastructure in Nigeria and this support is crucial as we believe that investment in critical ICT projects will strengthen the resiliency outlined in Nigeria’s economic sustainability plan.”

Also present at the virtual event, the Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Bako Wakil, who spoke on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, said: “The support this grant will provide to the telecommunications sector, in particular broadband, is in line with the National Digital Strategy and the National Broadband Plan.

“The NCC would like to congratulate ipNX as it shows the company’s integrity and commitment to be selected for this grant”.

ipNX also revealed that it intends to continue to work with USTDA beyond the preliminary stage, to execute many more projects into the future that will bring about the digital transformation and socio-economic development of major cities in Nigeria in alignment with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.

With their partnership, both parties fully agree that further development of the nation’s broadband infrastructure is key to unlocking the potential promised by Nigeria’s digital economy.

According to the World Bank’s ‘Nigeria Digital Economy Diagnostic Report’ released in 2019, Broadband is a key enabler to harness the digital economy transformation and high-speed broadband has the potential to accelerate Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

 


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Manfa, ANSICTA Boss Pledges to Collaborate with NITDA for Establishment of Zonal Office in Anambra State

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Mr Theo Manfa, managing director/chief executive officer, Anambra State Information and Communication Technology Agency, (ANSICTA) has hinted that they are ready to collaborate with National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) for the establishment of the agency’s South-East Zonal office in the State.

 

He stated this when he led ANSICTA delegation to NITDA’s head office in Abuja recently.

 

Mr Manfa explained that the call for special requests by the state is necessitated by the fact that the state “has long been known as a home of innovation and entrepreneurship, through the various markets like Onitsha and Nnewi and the plethora of locally produced goods they spawned over time.”

Dr Vincent Vincent Olatunji, Director E-Government and Regulation NITDA receiving an award on behalf of the DG from Theo Manafa MD ANSICTA

He said that innovation and entrepreneurship are important elements to drive the digital economy which the nation is striving to create adding that the state has been watching with keen interest the activities of Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and NITDA which necessitated the intended partnership.

 

He requested NITDA’s partnership with ANSICTA in building an ICT Hub in Anambra State; hosting a NITDA regional office; hosting NITDA events and programs as a State and region; trainings and Skills development programs of NITDA where the State hopes to train 40,000 residents in the next 2 years in Digital skills; establishment of cooperation on the Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA) and the provision of the Unity Board where 150 units were requested for a program for secondary schools in Anambra.

 

ANSICTA also presented an award to the Director General for his “Outstanding Achievements in Driving theDigital Economy” which was received by Dr. Vincent Olatunji on behalf of the DG.

 

Dr. Olatunji responded along with comments from some of the Directors and said NITDA would be glad to cooperate with the State.

L-R: Theo Manafa, MD/CEO of ANSICTA, Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi, DG of NITDA and Michael Orekyeh, COO of ANSICTA

He said it was gratifying to note that Anambra State now has an ICT Agency as Gov Willie Obiano had visited NITDA 6 years ago and the agency had worked with the State in developing an ICT policy for Anambra.

 

The success of that exercise is the take off of the agency (ANSICTA) which is the execution arm of the policy developed by NITDA.

 

He further said ANSICTA was by the speech of its MD really in tune with the affairs and mandates of NITDA and stated that ANSICTA should make a formal application for the things requested at this meeting will be looked into by Management for approval by the Director General.

 

He also thanked ANSICTA for recognizing the hard work of the DG through the award they presented, which he said was most encouraging.

Michael Orekyeh; chief operating officer of ANSICTA was part of the delegation from Anambra State. while the Director General of NITDA, Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi was represented by the Director E-Government and Regulation, Dr. Vincent Olatunji; Director Office of ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship – OIIE, Dr. (Mrs.) Amina Sambo Magaji; Deputy Director of IT Infrastructure, Dr. Saidu Kumo; SA Technical to the DG, Dr. Mohammed Yahaya; Corporate Strategy Department, Dr. Taofik Yekini and other Directors and Key Management Staff.

 

 

 


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