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Nigeria Represents Africa in Cybersecurity Game

Nigeria Represents Africa in Cybersecurity Game

Voice of Nigeria

By Nnenna.O

20th September, 2015

A Nigerian team of cyber security professionals “TeamNaija” will be representing Africa in this year’s Cyberlympics event happening at Washington, DC.

The team is made up of Wale Obadare (Digital Encode), Uchenna Aka (FirstBank), David Abolusoro (FirstBank), Rotimi Akinyele (BDO UAE), Bimbo Jaiyeola (Union bank) and the team captain Oluseyi Akindeinde (Digital Encode).

Global Cyberlympics is a hands on cyber security team game sport that  brings together the best ethical hackers from around the world  to compete in a series of Forensics, Penetration testing, Computer Network Defense, and Capture the Flag Challenges.

Participants of this year’s competition were given hardened systems to break into and other complex tasks to complete within a limited timeframe.

Based on speed, vulnerabilities and techniques used in hacking, TeamNaija emerged first with another Nigerian Team, Hawx, coming in second.

It would be recalled that TeamNaija had competed in 2012 and represented the continent at the world Finals in Miami where they had a very good outing.

The team has since then built capacity over the years to world standard with the ability to match the skills of the best in the field.

Among the 6 team members, they have over 50 IT Certifications which include   CISSP, CCNP, OSCP, ISO 27001:LI, PCIP, PCI-ISA, SECURITY +, CSA, MSA, C|EH, E|CSA, L|PT, eCPPT, FBCS, ECSP, CHFI, CITP, CCNA,CCDP,CCIE(written),SNAA,QCS, ISO 20000:LA, ISO27001:LA, ISO 22301:LA, PCIQSA, COBIT 5 ASSESSOR, MCSE and CRISC, to mention a few.

A member of the team, Rotimi Akinyele, who currently works with BDO UAE, and consults for UAE government entities, said despite competing against the best-of-the-best in the whole world, the team was very confident of winning and returning as champions.


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