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GBB defends controversy surrounding virtual FEC meeting chaired by Buhari

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Galaxy Backbone (GBB) has come out to defend the controversy surrounding the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

There have been speculations that the virtual FEC meeting, held for the second time on Wednesday, was held on a platform running a deprecated operating system thereby presenting potential security issues.

The virtual meetings were coordinated by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami.

The Managing Director of GBB, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said GBB executed the virtual meeting with support of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as the regulator of the sector and Nigerian Communication Satellite (NigComSat) accordingly.

He said  the virtual FEC meeting was held on cutting-edge technology infrastructure with up-to-date computer components, robust network security system  and Next Generation Firewalls forming a ring fencing around it.

Abubakar said the computers, which supported the network monitoring system were 10 and had extended Windows 7 Security Updates uptil 2023.

“We would not have responded to the write-up, but in the interest of the reading public, we are compelled to provide some clarifications.

“The photo of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy which precipitated this wrong assertion was taken in the Network Monitoring Centre (NMC), of the Uptime Institute Tier 3 certified National Shared Services Centre, a data centre, operated by Galaxy Backbone Limited.

“The screen is a display of monitoring activities around our network across the country. The computing systems running this monitoring are offline.

“There are systems that are specially designed such that absolutely no feature changes can be tolerated for the life of their devices, examples are medical control equipment, PoS systems, ATMs, Digital Signage among others.

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“Such systems typically have a 10-year servicing and support lifecycles. This is where our network monitoring system belongs,” he said.

Abubakar said that Nigerians should visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4527878/faq-about-extended-security-updates-for-windows-7 for further details.

He said GBB had  ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 certifications, and took Information Technology security management very seriously and upgraded its systems based on standards.

Abubakar also said that GBB was made up of seasoned, well-trained and experienced ICT professionals, determined to continue to provide the best infrastructure to support the Ministry’s initiative.

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