The Federal University of Technology, Akure heads on a partnership deal with Esentry Systems Limited to launch the first ever Cybersecurity lab in Nigeria
A leading cybersecurity firm, Esentry will be working with school authority to create the lab that will be the first of its kind in the country. FUTA has been a tech-driven institution and will, however, welcome the new development as one of its biggest achievement over the years. The partnership is borne out of the need that global threat to cybersecurity is one that can no longer be ignored hence the need to train homegrown talents to rise up to meet these challenges.
In the midst of the many cybercrime activities, the new lab promises a reduction in the rate of criminal activities carried out online, this must have been prompted after discovering that the Federal government of Nigeria loses over N127 billion annually to cybercrime, which amounts to 0.08 percent of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The cybersecurity lab commissioned on the 26th of October, 2018 is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to make it possible for students and faculty members to have hands-on experience in information security. Speaking on the significance of the lab, Funmipe Olofinade, Head, Security Operations and Intelligence, Esentry Systems Limited and Researcher at FUTA stated that, with the establishment of the lab, professionals that are fully aware of the cybersecurity threats and equipped with the expertise to mitigate and combat them, can be groomed.
While he speaks on, Olofinde emphasizes that students now have options for staying back in Nigeria to learn and earn a similar degree as they would in the overseas. He was further supported by another speaker at the event, Dr (Mrs) Aderonke Thompson, HOD, FUTA’s Cybersecurity Science Department,who expressed confidence in how the lab would provide a lot of hands-on experience for students, making it possible for experts from the industry to be able to relate with researchers in cybersecurity science thereby fostering state of the art techniques at conducting research that can meet up with the demands of the Nation at large.
The cybersecurity lab would also provide a platform for researchers to conduct research on inherent cybersecurity problems and proffer innovative solutions as well. Other personalities that graced the event include Professor B.K.Alese, a Professor of Information Security, Department of Cybersecurity Science, FUTA who said the lab will allow academics to know the demand of the industry and be able to tune their research towards industrial and societal needs among several others.
In conclusion, the new development is an initiative to bridge the gap between the industry and academia in developing solutions for the information security industry. What do you think of a cybersecurity lab, can this system work in a country like Nigeria? let us know your opinion in the comment section.