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IDC Warns Firms to be Wary of Cybercrimes

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The International Data Corporation (IDC) has said that cybercrimes are clear and present dangers which must be taken seriously by individuals, governments and organizations.

Lise Hagen, research manager, Software & IT Services, IDC (Africa), told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that findings on cybercrimes showed that that are “politically driven” and that targets have been on high value assets / institutions.

She said that IDC researches showed that availability of “criminal services” is growing and rising forces of “hacktivism”.

Upon that corporations are still foot-dragging with regards making enough budgetary allocations to tackling IT security matters.

“There are widening budget gaps when compared to the threats. I think the focus should also embrace devising new strategies to tackle the problems. And that will be dependent on how claver you invest. It is a combination of investment and building of skills presently for the future. It is not just about the work place, we have to start educating people, even in schools; it is a programme for the whole society. The essence is for people to get into the web space and get the required skills. The other part of it is for companies to be strict about the implementation of their set standards or security policies. And that implies not being defensive,” she added.

Commenting on IT heads convincing management on budgets, Hagen said, “First and foremost, if you can give them business value; for instance letting them know the impact attacks will have on the business, the loses and delays, the general risks assessments, they will definitely respond. People compare notes.  Unfortunately, most companies would wait until there is a major damage before they realize you are not just crying wolf. 

“In other words, as an IT head do not relent in educating the executive not just to invest, rather continue to highlight the impact if disaster occurs. It is also important to get one key stakeholder that defends you at board level. If you can change the mind of one person on senior executive level if you have gotten an advocate; he will keep on banging the drums. And we must realize it is not just IT issue rather it is a business issue”.

Meanwhile, at the recent IDC road show, it has been revealed  that greater percentage of IT breaches now stem from internal threats.

“Like one of the stakeholders stated during the road show you do not give people in an organisation any right to disrupt the system. You do not allow them access to the internet or to do anything. That is actually a very defensive-protection measure and in some industries it may work. But on the whole, it is not a viable option, because the world is changing too fast, especially now emphasis is shifting to Bring Your Own device (BYOD).

“So, I will still suggest educating the workforce and doing predictive analysis on your workforce. During the process, the Human Resources person should be linked up with what the IT is doing. For instance, if someone has resigned they is probably a chance he did for not been happy with the company, just control it. It cannot always be a big brother thing, depending on how you handle it, internal IT security threats can be mitigated.

“And some software companies not tackling issues related to security breaches right from the time of developing the software contribute to the headaches people are having. However, we also have to look at where the software is situated for usage. At the same time, we should be careful about how we apply the software, particularly when the issue of intellectual property is involved. Thus, some of the software companies really have to demonstrate value before people will be willing to pay a premium for their products.

“Part of the education has to start with the government. They have to be strict and ensure that before a company is given certificate or licence to develop software credibility has to be one of the criteria. When they do that, or set example with erring ones others will seat up. That will create room for expertise to shine and heighten the value that will stimulate the IT industry in Africa,” the IT research expert added.


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FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence

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Federal government on Tuesday announced that it has developed initiatives for the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technology in Nigeria.

FG to Boost Artificial Intelligence

 

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.


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Samsung Unveils Technologically Advanced 2020 Consumer Products

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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.

 


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CWG Plc Empowers Small Businesses in Nigeria with SME Solution

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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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