Where the threat of cybercrimes looms larger than ever before, a movement was underway to fortify digital lives. This stage was set at Utiva’s SecureConnect2023 conference, a 2-day virtual gathering that aimed to pave the way for the next 1 million cybersecurity experts.
Eyitayo Ogunmola, CEO of Utiva said “We want to develop cybersecurity leaders for multiple industries. That is why at Utiva, we are creating awareness of the need to create a secure, friendly digital environment as we build the next 1 million cybersecurity talents.”
“As the world advances through technology, so does the sophistication of cybercrimes. The Utiva Cybersecurity School is targeted at developing talents that will improve cyberspace to fortify our digital lives,” Otito-Jesu Ayeni, team lead of the execution team for SecureConnect2023 added.
The 2-days conference themed “SecureConnect2023: A 360 journey through Cybersecurity”, brought together renowned experts, industry leaders, and enthusiasts across the globe to delve deep into the dynamic and ever-evolving world of cybersecurity.
Speaking at the event on Day 1 was Segun Olaniyan who delivered a keynote address on the “The Evolving Landscape of Cybersecurity”. He established the cyclical nature of cybercrimes and how that has posed a threat to the safety of man’s digital lives. According to him, “If it is smart, it is vulnerable”. Thus, as there is an emergence of new technologies, so is the increase in internet penetration.
During a panel discussion, experts discussed major online attacks, activities that make internet users vulnerable, and safety precautions to keep digital lives safe. They advised attendees to avoid clicking on random links, use strong passwords, and avoid using the same password for multiple platforms.
On Day 2, the conference focused on how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning affect cybersecurity. Timi Olagunju, a tech policy consultant, spoke about the role of government in securing the digital lives of its citizens. He highlighted the partnership between the Nigerian government and Microsoft to support the design and implementation of cloud-based tools to promote digital governance and security in Nigeria.