Wednesday, 3 May 2017


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Worried by the rising threat of Cyber Security breaches across the financial landscape and other sectors of the national economy with its attendant consequence on the Nigeria’s economic growth, key stakeholders in the Information Communication & Technology (ICT) industry at home and in diaspora, will gather in Lagos to discuss the threats in the Nigerian cyberspace, hacker techniques as well as methods to combat these threats.

At the one-day maiden conference tagged: Nigeria Security Conference 2017 (NaijaSecCon17), scheduled to hold in Lagos tomorrow, Thursday, May 4 at Landmark Event Centre and sponsored by Skye Bank Plc., participants would be exposed to, and educated on current trends in combating the menace of rising cyber security issues and how to keep themselves secure.

According a statement issued and signed by the Conference Co-ordinator, Mr. Rotimi Akinyele: “This one-day conference, is set to be the most technical cyber-security conference in Nigeria. A gathering of key stakeholders in the security alongside the techies – hackers; malware and forensics analysts; security researchers, vulnerability hunters etc., will be speaking at the conference and covering all pertinent cyber-security themes”.

“While most security conferences in Nigeria are focused on Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), NaijaSecCon17 Cyber security Conference, brings to you the actual technical aspects of cyber-security in perfect blend with GRC”, the statement further stated.

Giving a peep into what the conference has on offer, Mr. Akinyele disclosed that “participants will witness live demonstrations of how security breaches occur from reconnaissance - through delivery and exploitation various system vulnerabilities - learn how cyber-threat actors gain control of an enterprise, and the actions they take.”

“The conference is also focusing on how to detect and prevent such cyber-threats, and thereby improve enterprise security. Hence, briefs and presentations at the conference are focused on practical offensive and defensive security, noting the focus is on disseminating detailed insights and technical knowledge required of any forward-thinking cyber-security professional - knowing that cyber-criminals - always seems to be one step ahead.”

NaijaSecCon17 also hosts as part of its maiden cyber-security conference, a Capture-The-Flag (CTF) Hackathon - where participants would be able to meet and get to network with about 30 top Nigerian hands-on cyber-security specialists. The top 8 teams have been selected from the 18 different teams that participated in the qualifying round by solving cyber-security challenges relating to forensics; web-security; cryptography; reverse engineering as well as cyber-security trivia challenges.

While lauding the support the conference has received from Skye Bank, the ICT expert said: “We share in the mantra of our platinum sponsor – that the Skye is big enough. Hence, the conference is a collaborative effort of cyber-security enthusiasts both in Nigeria and in diaspora who are passionate about improving the Nigerian cyber-sphere through factual training, education and awareness.”

The conference also aims to enlighten the public and organizations of some of the new wave to cyber threats and vulnerabilities which have been discovered through research or encountered on the field by speakers at the conference. Some of these vulnerabilities according to the organisers, relate to financial applications security; ransomware and exploits, which have been crafted specifically to targets financial institutions, Telecommunications Company amongst others.”

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