Monday, 5 May 2014

Internet body promotes local domain adoption

Lagos - The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has assured citizens of the safety of the local internet domain from internet cyber attacks.

 It thus called for the promotion of the local internet domain name,, help to reduce online fraudulent traffic credited to Nigeria.  “Most of the fraudulent mail traffics credited to Nigeria are actually not from the country but because there is no official domain,” said NIRA’s President, Mary Uduma.  She said the association was stepping up awareness campaigns and free training to encourage the adoption of the domain name by citizens. 

She said one of such efforts is the Domain Name System Security Extension (DNSSEC) training scheduled for July in Abuja.  Uduma said the DNSSEC training would strengthen trust in the internet by helping to protect users from redirection to fraudulent websites and unintended addresses.

 According to her, if the traffic emanating from Nigeria were contained in the secured government domain of, the activities of the internet criminals could be reduced to the barest minimum.  She added that as most of the offices are in unsecured domain it was thus difficult to defend any allegation against Nigeria on fraudulent internet activities.

 Uduma said that government had already issued an August 2014 deadline for all Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to migrate to the government domain for all government internet activities and official businesses. 

She hinted that  more than 40 000 email accounts had been created for all principal officers, permanent secretaries, heads of paratstatals, directors and other management staff of various MDAs.  “New, easy-to-remember domain names are being created,” she said.

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