Nahimah AJikanle Nurudeen
Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has trained new registrars of .ng domain name and other key stakeholders in the local Domain Name System ecosystem on administration and managements trends in the industry.
NiRA Academy and Resource Centre was established by the Association with responsibility to develop knowledge and bridge the gap in the knowledge base of the DNS Industry in Nigeria, and extend same to the rest of Africa.
According to the NiRA in its latest edition of enewsletter, the Academy mounted some trainings in May 2017, such as “DNS Administration and Management Workshop”, “DNS for Law Enforcement Agencies” and technical training for newly accredited NiRA Registrars.
For the DNS Administration and Management Workshop, the five day training programme started on Monday 8th May, 2017. The objective of this workshop was for the participants to have a good knowledge of the Domain Name System (DNS) Administration and Management.
The participants were exposed to sessions on the DNS ecosystem, domain and zones, Registry/Registrar Operations, NiRA WHOIS, NiRA Policies, Domain Naming convention, DNS basics, hands on DNS, General IT Security Considerations, etc.
The DNS for Law Enforcement Agencies workshop was to enlighten the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) on the workings of the Domain Name System and the inherent dangers of the Internet. A cyber-attack on the DNS could impact crime reports, investigations and external communication. The DNS is vulnerable to power and network outages. The workshop was carried out to encourage the LEA to step up their online security as LEAs are the primary target of cyber criminals and hackers.
The programme took place on 17th and 18th of May 2017 and was well attended. The participants were exposed to sessions on Internet Governance, DNS ecosystem, security and privacy on the net, cybersecurity and cybercrime investigations etc. There was a hands-on session on investigating cybersecurity.
The 2017 .ng Media College event is slated for 21st June 2017 with the theme “The Role of Media in the DNS Industry”. The .ng Media College event is the annual free training session for the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media.
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