A CALL FOR EXTRA VIGILANCE AS CYBER CRIMINALS EXPLOIT COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly transformed how we interact as individuals and in groups. In particular, there has been an appreciable migration of several meetings, lectures and other forms of interactions to online platforms.
Furthermore, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM notes that the implicit requirement of social distancing has increased the adoption of online platforms and e-payment systems. This, no doubt, he said, is a positive development that will support our implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria. However, this migration to home-based unsecure digital platforms, often with outdated security systems, can make users more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
ICANN68 to be Held as Remote Public Meeting
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that its ICANN68 Policy Forum, which was to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will now be held via remote participation only. The ICANN Board of Directors made the decision that ICANN68 will not proceed as an in-person meeting. Instead, the Board has directed the ICANN org to explore additional community feedback and suggestions, in order to develop a meaningful and productive ICANN68 Policy Forum remotely.
The meeting, scheduled for 22nd to 25th June 2020, will be the second time in a row that ICANN will be holding a Public Meeting solely with remote participation. ICANN67, which was originally slated to hold in Cancún, Mexico, from 7th to 12th March 2020, was held as ICANN's first entirely remote virtual meeting following the declaration of COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization.
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Covid 19: NITDA DG Admonishes Startup to Possess Entrepreneurial Mindset
The National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), has urged Start-ups to gain an entrepreneurial mindset. This was communicated during the online capacity building exercise for the Start-ups in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020.
With regulations around Social Distancing and prohibition of large gatherings, NITDA leveraged digital technology to continue with its planned activities such as the start-up clinic. The Clinics held virtually for five days and were attended by 20 start-ups.
Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, DG NITDA delivered a motivational speech to the Start-ups during the virtual closing ceremony and remarked that the world economic order will change after the COVID-19 Pandemic. He pointed out that many businesses might close. He advised the start-ups to build the capabilities and strategies required to operate in a post-pandemic world. He added that entrepreneurs need to be more unconventional in their approach to problem-solving.
A Message from The President
STAYING SAFE WHILE YOUR BUSINESS THRIVES ONLINE
It is very depressing that COVID-19 is still raging and lives are being lost to the pandemic. We are also encouraged by the numbers that are recovering from the COVID-19 virus. We appreciate all the work that is being done to curtail the virus, as well as the giant strides in the production of a vaccine against it. The world owes a debt of gratitude to the men and women in the frontlines who are fighting hard; doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, policemen, volunteers and many others.
Nigeria, like other countries, has some major cities on lockdown. This has forced organisations to take their business online. Whether it is financial transactions, technical support requests or board meetings, online meeting platforms have become imperative for businesses to continue to thrive.
Many events that would have entailed gathering of many people in a single space, have either been cancelled outright, postponed or moved online. The ICANN68 Public Meeting will be held online. The 2020 NiRA AGM and CPN 2020 IT Assembly/26th AGM, slated for April 2020, have been postponed. The Africa Internet Summit 2020 slated from 31st May to 12th June 2020 has been postponed. The postponements of these events are for the safety of the participants, organisers and service providers. We have also noted that decisions are yet to be taken on many events for the third and fourth quarters of the year 2020. It is understandable as organisations are keeping close watch on the unfolding of the development of COVID-19 pandemic.