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17th CFA’s Startup Hangout

Mr. Chuma Ezirim, Group Head, e-Business, First Bank of Nigeria Plc would feature at the 17th CFA’s Startup Hangout, with the theme “Leveraging on Institutional Support to Scale”. This event is billed for 20th September 2018.

For the development of any startup ecosystem, particularly in countries such as Nigeria, that are grappling with infrastructural challenges plus multiple taxation, institutional support is key. Despite the challenges, a number of countries have been able to create unique models that allow startups partner and work with various corporate organizations.

CFA’s Startup Hangout, designed to help startups succeed, is a platform where entrepreneurs meet, learn, network and grow. It is a monthly event for tech enthusiasts. CFAs Startup Hangout is in line with CFATech.ng’s mission of positively impacting Africa through Tech Education and Advocacy. Meanwhile CFATech.ng is a business and technology blog in Nigeria founded by Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA Jnr).

 

Consequently, the 17th edition of CFA’s Startups Hangout features a top executive from Nigeria’s biggest bank in all ramifications. Mr. CHuma Ezirim will be on ground to share his thoughts on some of the ways startups can leverage institutional support to scale.  Register @ https://startups.cfatech.ng

 

This event is free to attend but registration is compulsory.

 

This free event is proudly supported by Remita, Zinox, Swift Networks, Guardian, and Tech etc. Also, GoDo.ng, TechEconomy.ng launched 6-week FREE digital marketing training. More details @ http://bit.ly/2MSIyPk

NITDA Scholarship Scheme 2018/2019

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has as its mandate to develop and regulate Information Technology (IT) in Nigeria. Developing and regulating IT will support in transforming Nigeria into a knowledge-based and IT driven economy for global competitiveness.

As part of the Agency’s Scholarship Scheme for Masters and Doctoral degree programmes in relevant areas of Computer and Information Technology (IT) and IT Law, obtainable in Universities, applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the 2018/19 academic session.

All eligible candidates that are interested should log on to the scholarship portal https://scholarship.nitda.gov.ng to register and submit all relevant documents. Please note that the registration period is six (6) weeks from the date of this publication. A comprehensive computer-based Aptitude test will be conducted to determine successful candidates for the award. Only candidates found eligible will be invited. Furthermore, there will be an interview (which includes supplementary test, verification of credentials & character evaluation) for best performing candidates.

There are basic requirements for eligibility for sponsorship.  The closing date for application is 11th October 2018.

For more details about the application, kindly visit NITDA portal  https://scholarship.nitda.gov.ng/

NG Domain Name Active Domains as at 31st August 2018

The monthly rate of growth of the domain name registrations is encouraging. In August 2018, there were 5,161 newly registered domain names as against the 4,274 registrations done at the same time in 2017. Altogether, there were 105,508 active domain names at the third level and another 20,306 active domain names at the second level, making a total of 125,814 active domains altogether.

 

 

 

DNSSEC – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

To have access to the services and products and information of companies and individuals on the Internet, you require the unique domain name of that entity/individual. On the Internet, you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. When typing a name, that name must be first translated into a number by a system before the connection can be established. That system is called the Domain Name System (DNS) and it translates names like www.icann.org into the numbers – called Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.  The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has the responsibility to ensure the uniqueness of these identifiers across the world. Without that coordination, one global Internet cannot exist. ICANN ensures that all the addresses are unique.

The DNS translates domain names that humans can remember into the numbers used by computers to look up its destination (a little like a phone book is used to look-up a phone number). It does this in stages. The first place it 'looks' is the top level of the directory service - or "root zone". So to use www.nira.org.ng as an example, your computer 'asks' the root zone directory (or top level)  “.”  where to find information on ".ng". After it gets a response, it then asks the ".ng" directory service identified by the root where to find information on “.org.ng”  (the second level). At the third level, it looks for nira.org.ng and finally asking the nira.org.ng directory service identified by ".ng" what the address for www.nira.org.ng is (the third level). This process is very fast and looks as if it is almost instantaneous – the full address is provided to your computer.

 As a result of recent discovered vulnerabilities in the DNS combined with other technological advances, it became necessary to “digitally sign” the root zone which have greatly reduced the time it takes an attacker to hijack any of the steps in the DNS lookup process and thereby take over control of a lookup session to, for example, direct users to some deceptive Websites for stealing account and password information. The effective long-term solution to this vulnerability is the end-to-end-deployment of a security protocol called DNS Security Extensions – or DNSSEC.

DNSSEC is a technology that was developed to, among other things, protect against hijacks and other attacks by digitally 'signing' data so you can be assured it is valid. However, in order to eliminate the vulnerability from the Internet, it must be deployed at each step in the lookup from root zone to the final domain name (e.g., www.nira.org.ng). Signing the root (deploying DNSSEC on the root zone) is a necessary step in the overall process. Importantly, it does not encrypt data but simply attests to the validity of the address of the site being visited.

Full deployment of DNSSEC will ensure that the end user is connecting to the actual website or other service corresponding to a particular domain name. Although this will not solve all the security problems currently existing on the Internet, it does protect a critical piece of part of the Internet - the directory lookup - complementing other technologies such as SSL (https:) that protects the "conversation", and provide a platform for yet to be developed security improvements.

 

Culled from ICANN WEBSITE

Bringing Nigerian bloggers together

There is no doubt that the Internet and particularly social media has revolutionalized the way news, views and opinions are consumed in our society today. Coming on the heel of this revolution is the advent of fake news and hate speeches. A challenge that can only be addressed by educating those who need to know the impact of these twin evils on building a useful and responsible Internet.

There is no doubt that bloggers are becoming prominent and influential in the society. Considering the number of bloggers in Nigeria and the need to create a healthy atmosphere for their creativity to blossom in the blogging sphere, NiRA has identified the need to bring bloggers together to assist them with relevant strategies and opportunities to responsibly push up their value propositions to the society and maximize their talents.

It is therefore not out of place, to also give potential bloggers and existing bloggers the opportunity to interact, develop and improve not only their blogging skills but also their business management skills. Welcome the NIRA bloggers’ summit.

 The 2018 NiRA Bloggers Summit is a one-day gathering of Nigerian bloggers. The Summit is aimed at bringing together the blogging community and stakeholders in Nigeria to learn, network, and cultivate their presence in the online community. There would be educational sessions, brand events, influencer interactions, and sessions on monetizing blogs, working with brands as a senior influencer and discussions on other topical issues such as legal impact of online payment, blogging about the society and individuals, etc.

The maiden event is scheduled to hold on the 18th of October 2018. Interested stakeholders are kindly requested to register via the link https://nira.org.ng/blogger.  Since this is a community event, the door is open for other stakeholders and sponsors who want to be a part of the programme. There will be speaking opportunities as well as the opportunity to take on booths, to exhibit products and services. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the summit, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to your participation in the event.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President

 

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