INTERNET| Nigeria’s Ajijola makes global team ‘to stabilise cyberspace’

INTERNET| Nigeria’s Ajijola makes global team ‘to stabilise cyberspace’

INTERNET| Nigeria’s Ajijola makes global team ‘to stabilise cyberspace’

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Nigerian cybersecurity expert, Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola has been named among Commissioners of The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (@theGCSC), a global group working to ensure international security and stability on the Internet.

The announcement of the Nigerian cybersecurity expert is another addition to the cap of Ajijola, an ex-Senior Special Assistant Innovation & Technology to the National Security Adviser to the President of Nigeria.

Ajijola, who is now the Executive Chairman, Consultancy Support Services Ltd., a Cyber Security & Information Communication Technology (ICT) consultancy based in Abuja swells the list of 23 Commissioners of GCSC, drawn from experts across the globe.

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (@theGCSC) will be launched by Dutch Foreign Minister, Bert Koenders, on February 18-19, 2017 at the 2017 Munich Security Conference.

GCSC was formed by two independent global think-tanks, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and the EastWest Institute, to develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace.

GCSC was formed by two independent global think-tanks, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and the EastWest Institute, to develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace.

 

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The GCSC will engage the full range of stakeholders to develop shared understandings, and its work will advance cyber stability by supporting information exchange and capacity building, basic research, and advocacy, the body said in a statement on its website

The Commission comprises 23 prominent Commissioners representing a wide range of geographic regions as well as government, industry, technical and civil society stakeholders with legitimacy to speak on different aspects of cyberspace.

GCSC is supported by numerous partners, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and Microsoft, as well as research institutes that are committed to advancing the debate and putting forward creative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in international stability of cyberspace.

“The Commission will promote mutual awareness and understanding among the various cyberspace communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity. By finding ways to link the dialogues on international security with the new communities created by cyberspace, the GCSC has a genuine opportunity to contribute to an essential global task: supporting policy and norms coherence related to the security and stability in and of cyberspace”, according to a statement by the body.

Profiled| Nigeria’s Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola

Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola is Executive Chairman, Consultancy Support Services Ltd., a Cyber Security & Information Communication Technology (ICT) Consultancy Firm in Abuja. He was a former Senior Special Assistant Innovation & Technology to the National Security Adviser to the President of Nigeria.

Nigerian cybersecurity expert, Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola has been named among Commissioners of The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (@theGCSC), a global group working to ensure international security and stability on the Internet.

He is a founding & Steering Committee member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation – Computer Emergency Response Team (OIC-CERT); mentor to the African forum of Computer Incident Response Reams (AfricaCERT), instigator of the Office of the National Security Adviser Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (NGCERT); implemented the National Information Technology Development Agency Nigerian Computer Emergency Readiness & Response ecosystem (CERRT.ng); & member of the Nigerian Cybercrime Working Group.

He participated in drafting the 2001 National IT Policy, ICT4D Strategic Action Plan, National ICT in Education Policy & aspects of the Policy on Space Science & Technology; National Standards & Guidelines for e-Library in Nigeria; National Framework on Building Women & Youths Knowledge-Based Nation through IT. He also üprovides support to the Honourable Minister of Communications on Nigeria ICT Roadmap 2016-2019 and the Nigeria Information and Communications Technology Sector Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

He is resource person to the ITU Arab Regional Cyber Security Centre Oman; UNESCO on the “Feasibility Study on the development of a Virtual Library by Institutions of Higher Education” in Nigeria; ECOWAS Commission on the ECOWAS Wide Area Network (ECOWAN); South East Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; on Cyber Security in Countering Terrorism & Violent Extremism for the OIC headquarters, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He has attended several programmes including Science, Technology & Innovation Policy at the prestigious Harvard University, & certifications from the MIS Training Institute, Massachusetts, USA in Large Scale Computer Forensics, Incident Response; International Security in the Interconnected World & The Forum on Information Warfare; including certifications on Digital Forensics with Forensics Recovery Evidence Device (FRED) by Digital Intelligence, Inc., USA; Universal Forensic Extraction Device’ (UFED) by Cellebrite; and with Cyber Security Capability and Capacity Building certification by Cyber Security Malaysia.

He has traveled extensively and has nurtured strong social capital in the private & public sectors as well as in academia & civil society.

Kolade Akinola Technology Journalist at Technology Times Mobile: + 234 (0) 807 401 6027

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