High Impact Dynamic Cyber Security professional with up to 20 years experience of delivering security solutions across a range of sectors for large multi-national organisations including Financial Services, Telecoms, Chemicals company, Software, Government agencies and other business verticals, with a track record of dealing with Senior management leadership, service delivery teams, senior stakeholders and vendors, helping enterprise organisations meet their business objective and creating enabler for value proposition.
I hold Industry certifications in Networking, Network Security, Cyber Security and Cloud Computing Certifications. MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway University of London. Director of Intuitech Security Solutions Company based in UK and Member of Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)
As a pioneer member of CSEAN, held Communications Director and UK Branch Chairman positions. Currently a member of Board of Trustees of Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria. A Visionary strategist and protagonist for the advancement of Cyber Security in Nigeria. Interest and passion in driving Youth participation in building ecosystem force of Cyber Security community in Nigeria
In last 3 – 4 years engaged in Public Cloud Security Initiatives, helping organisations in the their Cloud Adoption Strategy. Architecting solution designs for Securing Cloud migration and workloads, leveraging Cloud native capabilities and 3rd party tooling as part of organisation’s Cloud adoption journey and Software development lifecycle.
Umar Sa'adVice President
Umar is an IT and cybersecurity professional with considerable experience designing and implementing cyber resilient information technology solutions, developing cyber security strategies, and designing and facilitating cybersecurity awareness programs for companies in the public, private, and the security and defense sectors of Nigeria.
His core competencies and industry certifications are in the areas of network & security design and implementation, penetration testing & vulnerability management, IT governance and strategy, artificial intelligence & machine learning, cyber risk management, and business continuity and disaster recovery planning.
A member of CSEAN since 2015, Umar has been actively involved in CSEAN’s cybersecurity awareness and advocacy programs in different capacities including as a member of the conference sponsorship committee, facilitator in several cybersecurity awareness programs, and was the Acting Chairman of the Abuja branch from May 2020 – Jun 2022.
Umar’s academic qualifications include B.Eng Electrical & Electronics from University of Maiduguri, M.Sc in Computer Networking from London Metropolitan University, and is currently a Ph.D Researcher at the Ultra-Intelligent Computing and Communications Lab (UCLAB), Chung-Ang University in South Korea with interest in the application of machine learning to build cyber resilient systems.
OLATUNJI IGBALAJOBIDirector Information Security Development
A passionate selfless seasoned information/cyber security expert with hands on technical experience and management of information security best practice providing effective information security management to large organizations.
He has led the creation of security programs for companies, government agencies possessing in-depth knowledge of security in such diverse security issues as risk assessment management, Vulnerability assessment and penetration test, security policy development, security architecture, infrastructure and perimeter security design, outsource relationship security, offshore development, intellectual property and data leakage prevention, security technology development, business continuity in secure -business design, and information technology auditing.
Olatunji, whose qualifications include a degree in Mathematics is a (Certified Ethical Hacker) (CEH), AlienVault Certified Security Engineer (ACSE) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor cum Implementer, Security Analyst with over 6 years’ industry hands-on and standard based security programs experience.
Presently focused on risk based cyber security program as a senior consultant with consulting companies both local and international.
Olatunji is a member, Board of Trustees of Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria, Executive Director/co-founder of cyber security consulting firm CYBERCODE LTD and Chief Information Security Officer at FINTECH company in Nigeria.
SAMAILA BAKODirector Communications
Samaila Atsen Bako is a cybersecurity professional with interests in cybersecurity awareness and culture, digital forensics, internet governance, and leadership. He provides training, consultancy, and advisory services to SMEs and start-ups within and outside Nigeria. He is passionate about volunteering and mentoring, and serves as the Director of Communications at the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN).
Samaila was listed as an IFSEC Global Influencer in Security 2022, under the cybersecurity professionals category. He holds a masters degree in cybersecurity and management from the University of Warwick in the UK, and multiple certifications including Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), AWS Cloud Practitioner, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco CyberOps, and so on. He is currently enrolled at the University of East London for a Masters degree in Information Security and Digital Forensics.
Kolade ElizabethDirector of Membership
Elizabeth Wuraola Kolade is a Cybersecurity professional. She has been involved in the strategy, creation and implementation of security measures and the delivery of cyber security awareness across critical organizations. Elizabeth has served as an Analyst, Technical Specialist and Advisor over the course of her career across government, the private sector and civil society. She has embarked on numerous campaigns to promote end-user security education in and outside Nigeria. Her interest spans Incident Response, Cyber policy, Cyber Capacity Building, and Cyber Diplomacy, all geared towards enhancing and sustaining international peace and security.
Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and has been a part of several multi-stakeholder engagements on Cyber Security in and outside Africa. She was listed as one of the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity in Africa in 2020. In 2021, she was named a Global Influencer in the IFSEC Global Awards under the “Security – One to Watch” Category and was soon after nominated for the 2021 Young CISO of the Year Awards. Elizabeth served as a member of the presidential committee, which reviewed and produced Nigeria’s National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021. She is a long-serving member of the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) and remains an ever-avid advocate for the education of women in technology.
Usman BakareDirector of Training and Education
Usman Bakare is an Information security consultant and digital transformation strategist. He has developed processes, policies and conducted systems review in line with ISO 27001:2013 standard, TOGAF9(Enterprise Architecture), SABSA(Security Architecture), COBIT 2019(IT Governance) frameworks across Financial Institutions in Africa and Public Sector of the Nigerian economy to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability(CIA) of information systems. He recently led the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to a successful certification to ISO 27001:2013(Information Security Management System-ISMS) which enabled Nigeria to satisfy the requirements of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) for tax purposes across borders internationally as it relates to information sharing among OECD Countries.
Usman is the Director of Training & Education, Cybersecurity Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN). He has a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Computer Science. He is a graduate student (MSc Information Security) at the Royal Holloway University of London, UK. He has the following designations: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), COBIT 2019(F), and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. He is a public leader, change maker passionate about technology & innovation for sustainable development. His Industry experience cuts across Banking, Oil & Gas and Government.
John OdumesiDirector of Research and Development
John Odumesi is a cybersecurity professional presently serving with the Office of The National Security Adviser. He has a multi-disciplinary background with a BSc in Sociology from the University of Abuja, a BSc in Computer and Information Systems from Achievers University, Owo, a Masters degree in Information Science from the University of Ibadan and presently a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Abuja. He has academic articles and book chapters publications in reputable academic peer-refereed journals and books, with over one hundred and forty (140) citations from ResearchGate, Google Scholar and Academia citation counts.
John served as The Chairman of the Cyber Secure Nigeria Conference 2019. He is a professional member of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). His areas of research interest are critical information infrastructure protection, data privacy, cybersecurity education, information security and open source intelligence gathering. He possesses industry-respected information technology and cybersecurity professional certifications which include CCNSP, CCNSA, CEH, ECSA, ITIL, among others.
NKENNA ANEKEDIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Nkenna Aneke is a development finance commercial banker, a Certified Network Security Specialist and trained penetration tester who contributes to Cyber Security awareness through continuous advocacy for Cyber awareness, and internet security best practices.