The Galaxy backbone trains ICT journalists in cybersecurity

GALAXY Backbone conducted cybersecurity training for journalists under the auspices of the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) in Abuja.

The two-day capacity building was a result of the surge in cyber attacks in Nigeria and the need to bridge the information gap.

The workshop aimed not only to equip journalists with the skills to report professionally on the world of ICT, but also to advance cybersecurity awareness among vulnerable Nigerians.

Speaking at the workshop, GBB Managing Director Prof. Muhammed Abubakar said the partnership between the company and the media was mutually beneficial.

Abubakar, represented by a senior manager of the company, Mr. Ifedayo Balogun, said the GBB boss was satisfied with the depth of knowledge transfer during the workshop.

“This will help the GBB to disseminate its development information, especially on the dynamics of Nigeria’s digital economy, to the public.

“You’ve been here for a few days and I’m sure you already know some of the things we do and the services we provide, and I can also see a lot of knowledge sharing and transfer, questions and answers provided.

“I have to say thank you very much for your attention and we believe that this will certainly not be the end of our relationship and our partnership because it is only the beginning,” he said.

The President, NITRA, Abuja Chapter, Mr. Blessing Olaifa thanked the GBB MD and staff for the rare opportunity to be trained.

He said the training revealed other statutory responsibilities and achievements of GBB which were hitherto hidden due to insufficient publicity.

Olaifa urged GBB management to do more in this regard.

“There is little training in this digital era in ICT, it is little, especially in the quantum of knowledge acquisition that has had an impact on us journalists.

“For example, some of the updated modules taught have been a revelation and we are delighted with that.

“We were also made aware of other statutory responsibilities that we initially thought were the responsibility of other agencies,” Olaifa said.