NCC, ITU To Establish Africa Regional Cybersecurity Centre In Abuja

  • As AFRINIC allocates 100m IPv4 Addresses

By Nse Anthony-Uko
(Sundiata Post) — The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it is working with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to set up Africa Regional Cybersecurity Centre (RCC) in Abuja to deal with the increasing cybersecurity threats facing the continent.
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, at the official opening of the 27th African Information Network Centre (AFRINIC) in Lagos Tuesday, said the centre will be used for information sharing (cyber-attacks, threats, malware, viruses, etc) and also train African countries on cyber-related issues.
The EVC was represented by Director, New Media and Information Security, at NCC, Engr. Habu Alhassan.
Meanwhile, AFRINIC said that it has allocated more than 100 million IPv4 addresses and over 9000 IPv6 /32 prefixes in Africa with around 42 per cent of its over 1500 members receiving an IPv6 prefix.
Mr. Alan Barret, Chief Executive Officer, AFRINIC said t end of October this year, it has allocated 7.2 million IPv4 addresses, 95 /32 IPv6 prefixes, and 127 ASNs with 122 new members joining AFRINIC. He said beside its main role, of distributing Internet Number Resources in Africa, AFRINIC contributes to ensuring that its processes remain transparent and secure at all times.
“We have in place tools with which we are able to communicate our number resources distribution activities as well as ensuring that this distribution is secure. The WHOIS database, RPKI and DNSSEC are tools and technologies that we make use of to keep our cyber space secure and transparent. We keep monitoring this to ensure we are up to date with the latest technological developments and in line with policies as proposed and ratified.
“We have continued to also support IP infrastructure development and reinforcement throughout the African region. This has seen increase in Internet access, speeds as well as infrastructure stability. Our relationship with the increasing numbers of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) keeps growing stronger. This will help us achieve our goal of keeping Internet traffic local” he said, adding that this year, it has trained over 545 engineers from 18 countries on effectively deploying IPv6 and managing Internet number resources.
In his welcome address, welcome address, President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Revd. Sunday Folayan said till date, NiRA has witnessed significant growth in the .ng ecosystem using the 3R Model (Registry/Registrar/Registrant) of operation and management of the .ng ccTLD.
“Currently, we have over 100,000 active domain names. Some might exclaim on the small figure compared to the vast population of Nigeria of over 185Million people. NiRA is however the second largest registry in Africa. NiRA has the passion to develop the domain name system (DNS) industry in Africa and has set up the NiRA Academy, an entity charged with the mandate of developing knowledge and bridging the knowledge gap that exists within the DNS industry.

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