Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

Muhammed Rudman

Some members of the NiRA Executive Board of Directors were at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to present the Association's Annual Report for the year 2020 and present the business plan for the year 2021. The presentation did focus on the achievements of the Association and did highlight some of the challenges in the DNS Industry and efforts in increasing the revenue for the development of the digital ecosystem and the Nation at large. We do thank the DG/CEO NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE and his team for the warm reception and fruitful deliberations. We are also happy for the opportunity to key into the strategic plans of the NITDA. The DG NITDA had urged NiRA to align with the Agency’s initiatives for the benefit of Nigerians.

The year 2021 is gradually coming to a close, when businesses strive to achieve set targets for the year. We can still comment that the year 2021 is/was an unusual year, with businesses trying to make sense of the effect of covid-19 and its impact on personal lives and businesses. People and businesses have strived to return to some form of normalcy of their lives. There are signs of some form of economic recovery. People have decided that despite covid-19, attempts should be made to live normal lives whilst taking care and safety measures. Many businesses are struggling to achieve their set targets. A noteworthy highlight of this year is the continued reliance on the internet for business and the rapid growth of Nigeria’s digital economy. This has presented enormous opportunities for entrepreneurs domiciled within the country to maximize their sales potentials.

There’s never a single path to achieving business success, and with the internet now accounting for an enormous share of the global marketplace, it is instructive for businesses in Nigeria to rejig their marketing strategies to take advantage of the opportunities in the .ng namespace. This means using the .ng domain extension for personal and business websites and online platforms. It offers tremendous benefits. Using the .ng domain name for your website provides the opportunity for businesses to reach the Nigerian market more easily. If your business is intended for the Nigerian market, using the .ng domain extension improves your local search engine optimization (SEO) and helps your audience to discover your business easily on search engines.

Recall the .ng promo of 2020. NiRA with its accredited registrars would embark on another .ng promo, to commence on the 1st October 2021. We are looking forward to this. Set rules have been agreed upon between NiRA and its accredited registrars to ensure the registrants benefit extensively from the .ng promo. The non-premium second level .ng domain names would be available from participating registrars at the same offer price as during the .ng promo of the year 2020. The same price offered in the year 2020 to interested members of the public for registering non-premium second level .ng domain names is on offer to the public this year. Do register the .ng domain names of your choice. These .ng domain names are our Nigerian identity on the Internet.

NiRA is committed and dedicated to rewarding the entrepreneurial drive of Nigerians that have been successful online and contributed to the growth of Nigeria’s economy. The adoption of the .ng domain name is a channel to support our effort in growing the Nigerian digital economy. The 2021 .ng Awards would reward contributors to the growth of the Nigerian online presence. Communications towards the .ng Awards would be circulated to all to nominate and vote for those contributing to the growth of Nigeria.

On this note, I would still like to remind all that the COVID-19 virus is real and still out there. We need to continue to keep safe.

Muhammed Rudman.

President, NiRA

 

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR AUGUST 2021

NIRA AT NITDA

Revised Dates for ICANN72 Virtual Annual General Meeting

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organised, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions. As a private-public partnership, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

ICANN has disclosed that the ICANN72 Virtual Annual General Meeting will now be held from Monday 25th  to Thursday 28th  October 2021. ICANN72 Prep Week is scheduled for Tuesday 12th - Thursday 14th October 2021.

ICANN72 was made a four-day meeting this year following consultation with ICANN community leadership to support better working hours for attendees and encourage greater participation. Registration is now open and participants can register via this link https://events.icann.org/icann72/registration. Intended participants are enjoined to visit the ICANN website to learn more about the event.

Network Operation Security Webinar in Collaboration With ICANN

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) in collaboration with ICANN hosted a webinar on Tuesday, August 26th 2021 to educate stakeholders and businesses about network operation security. The speakers from ICANN delivered the presentations on internet identifiers and security best practices and cryptography and security mechanisms.

According to Mr. Akanho (Technical Engagement Specialists, Middle East and Africa (MEA), ICANN), internet security is important because of the fundamental need to engender trust, protect confidential and private business and user information, and empower daily activities over the internet. The speaker highlighted that the goals of security are confidentiality, integrity, authenticity and availability as security pillars that support the internet. He outlined common internet security threats and best practices to combat them.

His colleague, Mr. Paul Muchene submitted in his presentation cryptography and security mechanisms on encryption, the process of transforming plain text into ciphertext using a cryptographic key, is one of the ways to secure vital online applications and systems including email and used in internet protocol security (IPsec). He confirmed the importance of monitoring systems and services, outlining the reasons as to check systems and services availability, utilisation, performance, and if they are under attack – amongst others. He concluded his presentation by educating participants on how to detect and handle security incidents.

NiRA continues to appreciate these collaborations with its affiliates and stakeholders to impart knowledge and understanding of the Internet space. NiRA continues to express its appreciation to the participants.

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