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Data Protection Key to Knowledge-Based Economy, Says Computer Society

28 July, 2014

Source: This Day

Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has stressed the need for data protection in organisations, describing it as key factor for promoting knowledge-based economy.

NCS, in its ongoing 25th national conference in Enugu, identified the need for Nigerians to device new ways of protecting data, since the country is fast moving to a knowledge-based economy.

They described data as useful information necessary for the growth of organisations.

Data has become the currency of a knowledge-based economy, driving innovation and boosting businesses at various levels, and must be protected at all cost, the conference insisted.

The forum also looked at security issues in a knowledge-based economy and strongly advised individuals and organisations to always protect their data.

Manager, Cyber Risk Services Unit of Deloitte Nigeria, Funmilola Odumuboni, in her presentation in one of the sessions, said although data drives knowledge-economy, but there are security issues around data that must be addressed.

According to her, "Nigeria is fast moving to knowledge based economy and there is need to address the security issues around activities on the knowledge-based economy."

She listed some of the security issues to include software piracy, identity theft, industrial espionage, platform interoperability, among others.

To address the security issues, Odumuboni suggested effective intellectual management system, development of a robust security strategy, formulating piracy laws and cyber security laws, as well as creating awareness that must be led by government through seminars and workshops.

She was worried that data hacking was on the increase globally, but advised that Nigerians must come up to protect data in order to drive knowledge- based economy.

In another presentation, Country Managing Director, Accenture Nigeria, Mr. Biyi Yusuf, who was represented by Mr. Adebayo Ibrahim from Accenture, said there was need for Nigeria to leverage knowledge-based economy through technology that would drive the country's education sector.

To achieve this, she said Nigeria should be able to deploy cost based technology. He lamented a situation where there are still outdated facilities in the universities, and called for update of university facilities and curriculum.

President of NCS, Prof. David Adewumi said the focus of the conference reflected in the various topics discussed at the conference. Some of the topics were Broadband Access for All; Business Process Outsourcing; E-governance Solutions; Security Issues in a Knowledge-based Economy, among others.

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