Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Introducing The 2017 National Conference on Cyber Crime and Financial Fraud

The world is one digital village. Virtually everything we do is done online. We are required to update our personal information online, give out banking details, make online payments, private chats, and lots more.

Unfortunately, there are critical aspects that threaten the efficiency of this advancement in technology, which is a major cause for concern. People are defrauded daily, people loose money online to cyber criminals, and any tom, dick, and harry can easily trace your location and those of your loved ones using your online information.

There are cyber criminals among us, online terrorists, and fraudsters. For this reason, the second annual cyber conference has been organized to enable practitioners, , policy makers, individuals, corporate and telecommunication companies to understand and tackle the lingering issues facing the security of digital information both locally and internationally.

This conference will expose the activities and dangers of transnational organized crimes, cyber security threats, terrorism, money laundering, and so on, and its effect on national security. It will also enable participants to be better equipped in the identification of potential cyber criminals and intended patterns and grant efficient technical responses, policies, and reliable technologies in the prevention and remedy of these threats.

This conference will also highlight the level of financial inclusion in the Nigerian financial sector, as well as the intricacies of mobile payment. The theme for this years' conference has been segmented into three (3) sessions; the first session will discuss the use of technology in securing mobile payment systems, while the second session will be on reducing the threat of cyber crime on Nigerian economy and critical national infrastructure, and the third session will discuss how to use innovation and technology to tackle corruption and financial fraud.

Participants will be exposed to  the common crimes committed online daily, and how they affect the Nigerian society. Participants will be better educated on financial fraud, online abuse, terrorism/terrorist funding, money laundering (which is evident in so many organizations), corruption, kidnapping, trafficking in illicit drugs and persons, armed robbery, oil theft, sexual exploitation, and so many more.

This year promises to be fully packed, with various practitioners and researchers from various fields coming together under one roof. It will also involve interactive sessions with both international and national regulatory law enforcement institutions and technology companies. Participants also stand a chance in gaining opportunities with government, businesses, and civil societies.

Meet some of our speakers for this years' conference;

LAWAL MUSA DAURA, Director-General Department of State Security Services

Lawal Musa Daura mni (born August 5, 1953) is the acting Director General of the Nigerian State Security Service following Ita Ekpeyong’s dismissal on July 2, 2015 by Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria.

He was born on August 1953 in Daura, a town in Katsina State, Northern Nigeria. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University in 1980 and also trained at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Nigeria.
Daura began his career in 1982 at the State Security Service where he rose to the position of director. In 2003, he was appointed, Deputy Director Presidential Communication, Command and Control Centre at the Presidential Villa, a position he held till 2007. On July 2, 2015, he was appointed director General of the State Security Service.

STUART SYMINGTON, United States Ambassador to Nigeria

William Stuart Symington IV (born June 14, 1952) is an American diplomat who is currently serving as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria and was the former U.S. Special Representative for the Central African Republic. He is the grandson of former U.S. Senator from Missouri W. Stuart Symington III

Symington was the State Department’s Representative at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia from 2005 to 2006, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004 to 2005, and Deputy Director of the Department’s Office of West African Affairs from 2003 to 2005.
He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, Niger from 2001 to 2003, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 1997 to 2001, and a Pearson Fellow in the Office of U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton from 1996 to 1997.
Symington received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti from 2006 to 2008.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda from 2008 to 2011.
Symington was nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to Nigeria on June 29, 2016. He was confirmed by voice vote on September 29, 2016. He was sworn in on October 31, 2016.

PAUL ARKWRIGHT, British High Commissioner to Nigeria

British High Commissioner to Nigeria
Paul Thomas Arkwright CMG (born 2 March 1962) is a British diplomat who is High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Arkwright was born in Bolton, and grew up in Lancashire. He is the son of Thomas Arkwright and Muriel Hague. He grew up in Bolton.He attended the prestigious independent school, Ampleforth College, known as the Catholic Eton. He gained a BA in English in 1983 from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Arkwright joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1987. He was based in West Berlin (British Military Government near the Olympiastadion) from 1988–1991, seeing the overthrow of the Berlin Wall at first hand. From 1993–1997 he was a First Secretary to the UK Mission to the UN. From 1997–1998 he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France; this led to him being a First Secretary from 1998–2001 at Paris. From 2001–2005 he was part of the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels.
From 2006–2009 he achieved a senior post in the FCO, becoming Head of the Counter-Proliferation Department (CPD).
Arkwright was British Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands 2009–2013. He was Director, Multilateral Policy at the FCO 2013–2015, and was then appointed High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, taking up his post at Abuja in October 2015.
He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to foreign policy.

Gen. BABAGANA MONGUNO (Rtd.), National Security Adviser

National Security Adviser
Mohammed Babagana Monguno is a retired Nigerian Army Major General and current National Security Adviser appointed on July 13, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari. General Monguno was Chief of Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency from July 2009 to September 2011.

Monguno is the nephew of Shettima Ali Monguno, a former Federal Cabinet Minister for Internal Affairs, Mines and Power and hails from Borno State. Monguno attended King’s College, Lagos,[2] was a member of the Nigerian Defence Academy 21st Regular Course with other officers such as Alex Sabundu Badeh and Emeka Onwuamaegbu. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Masters in International Relations.[citation needed] Monguno is married to Nafisah Munir, the daughter of former Nigerian Ambassador to Turkey, Muhammad Lawal Munnir. He also has three children, Amir, Munnir, and Samir.
Monguno previously served as the Chief of Logistics at the Nigerian Defence headquarters and later as Commandant of the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Monguno also served as Commander, Guards Brigade, Deputy Commandant, National Defence College, and Chief of Defence Intelligence. Prior to his retirement from the Nigerian army he was considered for Chief of Army Staff position.[7][8] Monguno voluntarily retired from the Nigerian Army in September 2013 after turning 56, the age ceiling for Major General in the Nigerian army.

The 2017 Annual Cyber Conference will be a two (2) day event, which will be held on the 23rd and 24th of May 2017. The venue is at the NAF conference center, 496 Ahmadu bello way, Abuja, Nigeria.
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