The protection of the rapidly growing digital infrastructure is akin to ensuring the survival of the emerging digital society and sustaining economic growth, says the Managing Consultant, Technology Africa, Dr. Don Pedro Aganbi.
Dr. Aganbi made the remark during his address at the recent Tech Africa Leadership Roundtable held in Lagos.
Agenda of the leadership roundtable now in its 14th edition, covered a wide range of issues on the growing importance of digital infrastructure protection in the quest to leapfrog the economy.
To this end, Dr. Aganbi said that it was indeed an opportune time to renew contacts and discuss problems of mutual interest with delegates across Nigeria’s information technology and related space.
Specifically, the theme of the seminal leadership roundtable, “Cyber security, Local Content Development, Big Data & Infrastructure Protection – Catalyst for Economic Growth And National Development, underscored the growing significance of big data today.
In his words: “Without a doubt, the widespread deployment of digital and other communication infrastructure is creating an unprecedented increase in the volume of data. It is this deluge of digital data that is now popularly called ‘big data.”
“Today, big data is driving new insights for organizations in all sectors. The truth is that the sheer volume of data available demands new methods of analysis and calls for more collaboration. It also demands new, large-capacity storage.
“Data is the lifeblood and an essential ingredient for accountability in the digital economy.
“So, as the economy gets more connected, the need to safeguard data, secure transactions and protect digital infrastructure is growing exponentially.
“Clearly as the society becomes connected and the economy driven by the rapid deployment of broadband Internet, it will certainly change the way we work, socialize, create and share information.
“Evidently, the infrastructure that makes this possible undoubtedly is a strategic economic growth driver which is a catalyst for socio-economic development.
“So naturally the protection of such infrastructure, particularly of rapidly growing digital infrastructure, is akin to ensuring the survival of the emerging digital society and sustaining economic growth.
Thus, the forum discussed how to explore and exploits the emerging opportunities even as studies indicate that like cloud, big data is going to change aspect of an economy like Nigeria’s. “It will create a genuinely new paradigm”, Dr. Aganbi concluded.
The event also featured Titan of Techs Awards. Here are some photos from the event: