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A Controversial and Prolific Internet Expert. Some say I am obsessed with TECHNOLOGY.
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ALERT! Dreaded Virus Attacking Computers on Global Networks, Be Proactive

PRESS STATEMENT

NITDA Advises MDAs and others on Ransomware Attacks

The management of Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would like to bring to the attention of Nigerians on the recent cyber-attack that is affecting computers across the world – the ransomeware attack. This attack, known as “WannaCry” or “WannaCrypt”, spreads by itself between computers and does not require human interaction. It restricts access to the affected system as well as demanding for the payment of ransom. This attack, according to reports, has so far affected over 99 countries and 100,000 machines.

The ransomware attack exploited vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows Operating System, especially those not currently supported such as Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003. Microsoft released a patch for the vulnerability in March and machines that were updated with the patch would have been automatically protected.

Furthermore, should your system be infected by ransomware, isolate the system from your network to prevent the threat from further spreading. In addition, the following actions can be taken immediately:

• remove the system from Network;

• do not use flash/pen drive, external drives on the System to copy files to other systems;

• Format the System completely and get fresh OS copy installed; and

• Contact NITDA Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) for assistance.

They can be reached via telephone on 800-9988-7766-5544 or e-mail: support@cerrt.ng.

As a general precautionary measure and as the security of systems is our collective responsibility, we would like to recommend that Individuals and organisations should:

• regularly update their operating systems with the latest patches;

• regularly update their software applications with latest patches;

• avoid downloading and opening unsolicited files and attachments;

• adjust security software to scan compressed or archived files; and

• avoid indiscriminate use wireless connections, such as Bluetooth or infrared ports.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is an Agency under the Federal Ministry of Communications. The Agency was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. In addition, to advising government on how to enhance the security of the nation.

NITDA is working with critical stakeholders to come up with ways in which the Nigerian cyberspace can be adequately protected. We therefore call on all Nigerians to support the Agency by doing their best at protecting themselves as well as the information and systems under their care.

Signed:
Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD, FBCS
Director-General/CEO
National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) - Abuja
13th May, 2017
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#SLA

Just bombed into a friend whom I knew way back in August 2013 just about the time I started my M.tech in IT. He also started his M.Sc in IT too with NOUN - National Open University of Nigeria as that time.

Surprisingly when I asked him if he is pursuing his PhD, he told me NOUN has frustrated him, and I asked why. He said since after the replacement of the former VC of NOUN, everything changed. Student can't log into NOUN portal, some can't even make payment, scores of students in test taken skewed and lots of other online related activities crumble.

Basically, NOUN has of now, cannot graduate students and the school have been paralyzed.

From IT standpoint, I think I can predict what the problems are, and this draws me to a particular unit I studied in my M.tech in IT course - Service Level Agreement (SLA).

A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a service provider and its internal or external customers that documents what services the provider will furnish and defines the performance standards the provider is obligated to meet.

SLA is a written contract of service consent between an IT vendor (Service Provider) and the Client, that defines the scope of services to be provided, and these are usually drafted with input from the legal point of view to enable the client to know exactly the boundaries the service provider can terminate should the client decides to discontinue the service engagement. What this means in a nutshell is that the client may at any point decide to disengage a service provider without any disruption in servicing its customers.

SLAs establish customer expectations with regard to the service provider's performance and quality in a number of ways. Some metrics that SLAs may specify include:

Availability and uptime -- the percentage of the time services will be available.

Specific performance benchmarks to which actual performance will be periodically compared.

Application response time.

The schedule for notification in advance of network changes that may affect users.

Help desk response time for various classes of problems.

Usage statistics that will be provided.
An SLA may specify availability, performance and other parameters for different types of customer infrastructure -- internal networks, servers and infrastructure components such as uninterruptable power supplies, for example.

Overview of SLAs: Penalties and exclusions -

In addition to establishing performance metrics, an SLA may include a plan for addressing downtime and documentation for how the service provider will compensate customers in the event of a contract breach. Service credits are a typical remedy. Here, the service provider issues credits to the customer based on an SLA-specified calculation. Service providers, for example, might provide credits commensurate with the amount of time it exceeded the SLA's performance guarantee.

The SLA will also include a section detailing exclusions, that is, situations in which an SLA's guarantees -- and penalties for failing to meet them -- don't apply. The list might include events such as natural disasters or terrorist acts. This section is sometimes referred to as a force majeure clause, which aims to excuse the service provider from events beyond its control.

Who needs a service-level agreement?
SLAs are thought to have originated with network service providers, but are now widely used in a range of IT-related fields. Companies that establish SLAs include IT service providers, managed service providers, and cloud computing service providers. Corporate IT organizations, particularly those that have embraced IT service management (ITSM), enter SLAs with their in-house customers (users in other departments within the enterprise). An IT department creates an SLA so that its services can be measured, justified and perhaps compared with those of outsourcing vendors.

In SLA, there is a legal implications and penalty spelt out should the Service Provider sabotage the Client because the client decides to disengage them. This way, the SLA helps im safeguarding the Client from such incidences.

Back to NOUN!

I can predict that the sacked VC and his management may have contracted a service provider who implemented all the IT services NOUN deployed. But as a new VC comes, he would probably want to look at the old books, review contract fees or outrightly want to bring in new Service Provider whom he will have common understanding. For fear of compromise, the old Service Provider who implemented the technology feel short-changed, and sabotage has come in.

Lessons!

When you plan to use IT, get an IT consultant or Technology Integration company who has expert in these fields to guide you properly. Imagine the frustration in NOUN.
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GREETINGS!

As you celebrate the miracle of this special season, may your heart be filled with joy and peace. May these holiday blessings linger in your home and stay with you throughout the year and beyond.

MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Destiny Young
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BIRTHDAY FELICITATIONS: MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION!


It is with a deep sense of joy and profound gratitude that I write to you, to express my heartfelt appreciation to you for the kind of love and care you showed me on my birthday yesterday.


From the heart of my heart, I say, THANK YOU.


As you joined me in celebrating the grace of God in my life, God's divine grace shall never depart from your home.


Thank you once again!
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[N13Billion]: Corruption And The Audacity Of Patience @GEJonathan

Nigeria’s complex crises are difficult to understand without accepting corruption as a specie of violence.

BY GBENRO OLAJUYIGBE

SEP 11, 2016

That we suffered a collective national economic and social rape under the former President Goodluck Jonathan is sad. For Patience, his wife who has no known history of visible work or commerce to brazenly and boldly attempt to legally claim ownership of $31.4 milion, obvious proceed of corruption, in our increasingly volatile country induces a breath-taking psycho-economic depression into our national psyche. It did not only reveal the shocking ignorance of a thief who is merely validating her criminality; the audacity of the claimant calls into question EFCC’s investigative and prosecutorial prowess. In the same breath, it portrays our society as an unstandardized society moving toward a dialectical inequality in pursuant of justice. If not, Patience should have been on trial for corruption like her allies in crime that have been arraigned in court. Corruption is not only an economic crime. It is a crime that lays foundation for the commission of other crimes.

Nigeria’s complex crises are difficult to understand without accepting corruption as a specie of violence. A people bounded by Boko Haram in the North, Avengers in the South-South, Biafra in the East, herdsmen on rampage, kidnappers on the loose, and robbers on the roads have a lot to understand about evolution of violence. They need to know all forms of violence work together for worse for any society that loves oppression, embraces injustice and promotes inequality. They need to know that the persistent ubiquitous violence is sub-cultural reaction to the Twin Towers of Evil of Unjust Wealth and Unjust Poverty that corruption has built! Corruption destroys the basis for equality and equity, weakens institutions and structure in order to enthrone and sustain perversion of justice. Corruption shrinks resources available for development. It makes access to education difficult. It blocks the road to healthcare and frustrates path to security and welfare. It replaces government with Mafia and rights with might. It re-configures a state and imposes on it a Pyramid of disaster. When a country becomes a pyramid where tiny conical top are occupied by few who corner all available resources leaving the broad base of the pyramid to the many who are condemned to poverty and misery, such a country is ripe for any form of violence; whether of economic or of value!

The state prepares crime that violence perpetrators merely commit. When you open the window for corruption, you inevitably shut the door against peace. Corruption negotiates people out of existence. It creates a new world where self-help is attractive by manufacturing people that will use all means to fight back at a society that has taken them off the radar of equal opportunity and enforced the de-marketization of their citizenship. Corruption humiliates its victims, who often are the poor who become poorer and make a society ripe for committing violent crimes. It provides the motivation, the opportunity and the environment that violence needs to thrive.

If we want peace, we must steer away our country from this entanglement.

We can not afford or sustain a country where people draw inspiration from their own callous oppressors; a nation where thieves are heroes; and blood thirsty criminals are mentors!

A nation that can no longer differentiate between evil and good; between righteousness and sin! A nation that uses the prism of tribe to determine who is just or unjust. A nation whose scale of justice stands on 'mudus' of corruption. A nation whose people are being stripped naked!

In saner climes, crime suspects hardly want to go to courts. In Nigeria, they want to be swiftly charged to court because they know that our courts are often citadels of corruption-propelled injustice! We cannot continue to have a ruling class using corruption to weaken all apparatuses of social and legal justice, destroying the capacity of judges to dispense appropriate justice and damage a whole legal system of a country; and worse still, turning around to benefit from its own willful incapacitation of justice administration architecture under the guise of human rights.

James Ibori was discharged and acquitted under our corruption–damaged legal process only to be convicted for the same offense in the UK. President Buhari must never again allow our country to be so ridiculed under his watch. Not even with the ‘human rights’ blackmail that has become the battle cry for the liberty of the lawless.

A nation cannot continue to build the barometer to measure human rights on what happens to those that are too defended and too protected to uphold national trust. Doing that amounts to isolating legal justice from social justice. It is not what happens to the out-of-control power merchants that counts. The truest form of justice seeks to protect the weak from the strong; not a cannon fodder for cruel violators of all that is decent about humanity.

Economy, security and corruption are still issues on the front burner of Buhari’s agenda. While the war against corruption is catching global attention with a noticeable margin of success at home, the same cannot be said about the economy and national security. Buhari must design his war against corruption in a way that ensures that recovered loot breathes life into the comatose economy.

Buhari's inaugural speech a year ago assured justice to all. A pledge to be loyal and faithful to all without owing allegiance to anybody or cabal. It struck the core of national depreciation and ignited a vow for redemption and remediation. Based on it, we can say that we have a president who is not unmindful of the national challenges and the travails of Nigerians but also willing to protect the integrity of his oath. He must make the country work for all, especially the poor who have become the nation’s traditional burden bearers. He must stop listening to the ‘witches’ and their sorrowful songs. All the witches must be hunted down. It's in my Bible that we should 'suffer not the witch to live'. If you have stolen Nigeria's money, you are a witch that must be hunted down. Your witchcraft has led to the death of many on the bad roads and in ill-equipped hospitals, among others! Buhari must not submit to blackmail. It is not in the Constitution that fighting corruption is a subject for Federal Character. It is neither a gender issue nor a party affair. The question is, did you steal or not? Great that Nigerians are increasingly owing the war against corruption. They are now speaking against their oppressors. Their oppressors are tagging their arrest and prosecution, ‘witch-hunt’ as if ‘witch-hunt’ is a defense in law. They are emotionally blackmailing the government that put them on trial under legitimate legal process and procedure. We must ignore them and focus on taking back our country. No state buys gun for her police if the intention is not to hunt down her witches; the vampires that criminally suck the blood out of her economy, and invariably her citizens, among others. A state that has been turned to a criminopolis by larger-than-life vampires must adopt all available strategies, including witch-hunting, to vanquish the nest of her witches. Let those who called their criminal trial political know that It is not for joke that Aristotle called man 'a political animal'! Where there is politics of mindless stealing, there must be proportional politics of ruthless consequence. We must make it clear to people that we can end terrorism and other extreme violence and crime, not with a barrel of bullets, but when we build a country where no single person takes what belongs to millions of people; a nation that gets worried when individuals and groups are growing taller than law and fatter than justice. To achieve this country, change begins with Patience Jonathan!

Gbenro Olajuyigbe is an Abuja-based human security expert.
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We have no other country to call our own but #Nigeria. Let's put Nigeria above our individual political differences and collectively work towards making her great. #ChangeBeginsWithMe - Destiny Young
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