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INTERNET SECURITY, SHAKEN: BE WARNED

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 No comments

Friday, April 11, 2014


This week, the Internet world has been shaken up by the discovery of vulnerability in the widely used OpenSSL encryption system. OpenSSL is the open source version of the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate system that provides communication encryption of username and passwords as well as content over the Internet for web, email and instant messaging (IM) applications as well as some virtual private networks (VPNs). The system is based on the use of secret keys to encrypt information on one end and de-crypt it on the other end.

The vulnerability compromises these secret keys to allow attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from services as well as impersonate services such as HTTPS to steal banking information for instance.

Our technical partners strongly recommend, as we do now, especially for those with e-commerce sites and CMS systems, that you do not use OpenSSL for your communications, but ensure you buy uniquely generated SSL certificates that is tied to your specific Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. This method is best practice and very secure.


Nigeria builds ‘standing Internet force’ to contain cyber attacks

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There is indeed no doubt whatsoever that our dear country Nigeria, with the diffrent initiatives of COMMTECH, NCC and NITDA is becoming recognized and playing big in the global digital space. These initiatives has made Nigeria one of the fastest growing Internet markets on the continent.

In recent times and within this month, Nigeria took a major initiative to build a special response team to mitigate risks of threats of online risks or aggression against the country. Technology Times revealed authoritatively that the national cyber response force went LIVE on tuesday in Abuja .

Technology Times revealed that the National Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT), modeled after the global Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), is the initiative of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the nation’s IT implementing agency.  CERRT will become the virtual equivalent of a standing army and will function by “building National cyber security readiness through fostering the development of sectorial Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs).”

CERRT will also drive the Nigerian Honeynet Project “to mitigate threats related to malicious traffic and to improve the national cyberspace security by ensuring preventive and response measures to deal with malicious threats.” 

Tthe CERRT ecosystem, Technology Times revealed will create jobs, increasing incomes, 
promote knowledge generation and empowered human resources
and foster confidence in the Nigerian economy, among other objectives. 

Integrating all these noble initiatives with the Nigerian National Broadband Plan to foster the much desired National Develeopment that will get to the grass root and touch the lives of the hoi pollois remains the challenge that must be well articulated and solved.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur: My diary, Your Self-Assessment tool

Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2014 No comments

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."- Theodore Roosevelt
To all entrepreneurs in spirit and in act, "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." –Arthur
Are you really cut out to be an entrepreneur or are you just running away from a problem or running toward a Vision? Or you feel you have no choice but to start a business when all you really want is to find a good job.  If you're thinking of taking the entrepreneurial plunge, it's important to take a self-assessment test if you really have what it takes to be one. Click on the link below to test if you may be one and let us know your findings. 

Entrepreneurial  Self-Assessment tool 1  or the Self-Assessment tool 2

The decisive factor to my journey as an entrepreneur of over a decade is the "do-it-now-attitude", setting off the spirit of procrastination and doing something worthwhile. A lot of people have visions and ideas but only a few take a decision to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."
Entrepreneurs have been found and said to be risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise; willingly assuming responsibility for the success or failure of a venture. Ready to get mocked at and turning every mockery, every failure, into sources of inspiration for greatness that will silence the critics.

Setting up your own service or product line is like riding a roller coaster. There are high points and low points but my experience is that while the lows can truly be very low, the corresponding highs have proven to be really high. At the end, you are doing what you love most, sculpting your thoughts and ideas into reality.
No successful entrepreneur has had a smooth ride to the top and none ever will. The challenges, disappointment and failures will always be there; it’s the manner you handle them that determines whether you will succeed or not.

The follow-your-gut mentality of the emerging or aspiring entrepreneur can be more challenging; more fulfilling; more inspiring, truly more fun and what a heck, you get to sculpt your very own business empire with your very own ideas and skills. True success is not about money, status or fame, it’s rather about finding a livelihood that brings you joy and self-sufficiency and a sense of contributing to the world.
 
Finally, always remember that It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; Who strives valiantly; Who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who at best knows in the end the triumph of great achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be among those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Are you an Entrepreneur or Do you want to be one? Then further ask yourself these questions:

"If you embrace that it’s never too late to start living a dream, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you see opportunity when others see impossibility, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re taking risks, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you believe that anything is possible, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re trying, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re contributing to something bigger than yourself, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re creating jobs, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re scared, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re determined, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re making tough decisions, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you believe that nothing is “unrealistic”, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re focused, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re asking questions, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you embrace the unknown, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re hustling, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you feel overwhelming love, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re learning, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you embrace your childlike wonder and curiosity, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you accept that obstacles, turbulence, and failure leads to opportunities for success and achievement, you’re an entrepreneur.
If you’re passionate about something, anything, you’re an entrepreneur.
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