Unilorin, IBM partner to enhance cyber security


As part of the measures towards enhancing cyber security within the institution, the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training, University of Ilorin, has organised a workshop on security intelligence for the staff of its Computer Services and Information Technology Directorate as well as other experts and relevant stakeholders in the information technology sector of the instituion.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the five-day workshop organised in collaboration with IBM West Africa Limited, the IBM University Relations Leader for West Africa, Mr. Chinedu Onuoha, stressed the need for strong and resilient cyber security for data protection of the University broadband network.

Onuoha observed that cyber threat posed a global challenge to all organisations, adding that with the proliferation of virtual threats such as the ransom-ware attacks, there was the need to strengthen the network security infrastructure.

While noting that the issue of security cuts across all areas, the IBM official said, “The IBM system has never been hacked by anybody because of the system we have put in place.”

On application security, Onuoha explained that it’s a tool for testing all applications and could reveal areas of vulnerable loopholes, where attacks could be launched to gain access to data or the website.

The IBM official said, “If you know all these loopholes, the possibility of your system being hacked will be ruled out. We can boast that nobody has hacked IBM system because we have in place tools like this; by the time this is put into practice, the University of Ilorin can sit back and say nobody can hack their system because all loopholes have been revealed, all the patches need to be put in place
and the entire applications in the University of Ilorin will be secure.