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A Message From The President

September 1, 2016                       Volume 4 No. 89

The visit of Dr. Vincent Olatunji. Matters Arising

I am excited about a number of things happening in NIRA. On Friday, 26th August 2016, The Acting Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji paid an official visit to the NIRA Head Office in Lagos.
His visit coincided with the last day of  the AFRINIC/NIRA/ATCON/UI training on Internet Number Resources Management (INRM) & Internet Protocol Version 6 ( IPv6). More on this shortly.
I used the opportunity of the Ag. DG’s visit to draw his attention to NiRA’s Vision and Plans to advance the Domain Name Service ecosystem in Nigeria.
First, our plans for the NIRA Academy. The Board of NIRA has made some appointments to deepen the activities of the NIRA Academy. Sikiru Shehu was appointed the Dean of the Academy, Mohammed Rudman will serve as Director of Studies, while the COO, Edith Udeagu was appointed Registrar of the Academy. They have already started their work. Apart from the AFRINIC INRM training, The NIRA Academy will mount a Track on Domain Name and Hosting at the forthcoming Nigeria Network Operators Group Training  coming up in October 2016.



Ag. DG NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji visits NiRA
It was an exciting moment last week, precisely on Friday 26th August 2016 when the Ag. DG National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji paid a visit to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Office Complex in Lagos. The Ag DG NITDA was received on arrival by the NiRA President, Executive Board of Directors, Management Team and staff of NiRA. Coincidentally the period of his visit tallied with the AFRINIC INRM & IPv6 workshop hosted at the NKF Training Centre of NiRA in collaboration with NiRA, ATCON and UI.  We had the pleasure of having the Ag. DG officially declare, the AFRINIC INRM & IPv6 workshop closed.

On Wednesday, 18th August, 2016, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) attended the Nigerian Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (NASME) stakeholders’ forum with major regulatory Agencies in Nigeria. The event which took place at Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) House, Ikeja, Lagos State was well attended by various regulatory Agencies in Nigeria including Standards Organization of Nigeria ​(SON​),  National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Corporate Affairs Commission ​(CAC), National Pension Commission ​(PENCOM​) and  National Office for Technology Acquisition & Promotion (​NOTAP).   These organizations made presentations in their relevant fields.
The event started with discussions regarding the low World Bank Ranking Index of Ease of Doing Business, with the latest report placing Nigeria at 169 out of 189 countries. The ​NASME President, ​Sir (Prince) ‘Degun AGBOADE in his welcome address regretted “the country’s very low ranking by the World Bank on Ease of Doing Business Index. He therefore admonished the regulatory agencies to see it as a challenge which can be addressed by taking a critical look at all the policies and be ready to fine tune or adjust as appropriate any one retarding business growth”. He equally called for cordial relationship between the MSMEs and the regulatory agencies in order to achieve a sustained economic growth and development.



What Is an Internet Covert Channel?
covert channel is an evasion or attack technique that is used to transfer information in a secretive, unauthorized or illicit manner, which can be used to extract information from or implant information into an organization. It is the digital equivalent of a briefcase with a secret compartment that a spy might use to slip sensitive documents past security guards into or out of a secure facility. The Internet covert channels can be used to transmit sensitive documents unobserved – in this case, bypassing network security measures rather than bypassing security guards. And just as a spy can use that same secret compartment to conceal a weapon from security guards when entering a secure facility, an attacker can use an Internet covert channel to conceal a cyber-weapon, for example, a download of malware from an external server onto a host within an organization’s private network.

Internet covert channels can use conventional Internet protocols in unconventional ways. The channel endpoints – an infected computer and the attacker’s command and control computer – must use an evasion or attack software that recognizes and processes these unconventional techniques. Either a user or malware can install this software, or an attacker can install the software using a Remote Administration Tool (RAT). Internet covert channels are different from encrypted tunnels. They can and do transfer information in plain text, but they’re unobserved. While they do not require encryption methods or keys, certain covert channels employ encryption or other means to obfuscate data.



Date: Oct. 3 to Oct. 7, 2016
Venue: UCAD, Dakar, Senegal

ngNOG Training and Workshops

Date: 1st - 4th November 2016.
Venue: Abuja
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Date: 16th to 20th OCTOBER 2016

ICANN57 in Hyderabad

Date: 3rd to 9th November 2016
Venue: Hyderabad, India

ITU Telecom World 2016
Date: 14th to 17th November 2016
Venue: Impact Exhibition Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
eNigeria Conference

Date: 22nd – 24th November, 2016
Theme: Leveraging on IT Innovation for Economic Diversification.
Venue: International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Date: 6th to 9th December 2016
Theme: Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
Venue: Guadalajara, Mexico

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