WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROINSAFE PRESENTED AT PROINSAFE LAUNCHING EVENT.
The damage caused by cybercrime is estimated to hit $6 trillion by the year 2021. This has led to a forecast that there will be an estimated increase in spending by companies for cyber security between the periods of 2017 and 2021 to $1 trillion. According to Gartner, as at 2016, more than $80 billion was spent on products and services related to cyber security. This is however expected to exceed $1 trillion globally within a five-year period.
As a matter of fact, the cyber security industry is one that is fast paced as there is zero percent unemployment rates in this industry. The industry in fact has unfilled positions that are expected to reach 1.5 million by the year 2019. This shows that there is severe shortage of talent especially as more cybercrimes are being committed almost every other day.
Despite the fact that cyber security companies can easily be found in the United States of America and in the cyberspace, does not in any way make the industry to be over saturated. The fact that there are people and organizations out there who would always need the professional services of cyber security companies from time to time to sort out cyber security related issues et al makes the business ever green….Adapted from profitable venture.com
However cyber security company has not fully gained ground in Nigeria, we need to feel the impact of this industry because it has so much to offer Nigeria in both security and economy sector.
ProInSafe stemmed out because of this, the purpose of creating this innovative organization is to create a safe and prosperous environment for all to thrive.
ProInSafe fully known as Promoting Internet Safety is an innovative profit making organization in Nigeria (its our dream to expand far beyond this country) and it exists to strategically promote internet safety while providing supports and empowerment for youths to achieve self actualization and self reliance in a credible way.
Few or many of us here today have or know someone who has fallen victims of scam businesses. No matter how wealthy someone is, it is such a bad idea losing money in such a pathetic way. Its not enough to lose money but we tend to experience emotional breakdowns as a result, which may result into depression or paranoia; inability to trust even credible businesses.
As much as people tried to discard this idea because they believed it was impossible or an herculean task. We still decided to venture into it because of our passion to resolve a problem (cyber crime and unemployment) that is an impetus to many other societal difficulties reflecting in the socio-economic state of the country. However our passion is not enough, we continue to progress with the strong support of our great Father known as Father of The Universe. Without him nothing would have been in existence.
Therefore cybercrime is not a problem to be swept under the carpet. No matter how huge/difficult/expensive the task appears, we must start from somewhere and as soon as possible to prevent the problems from escalating. Cyber Security Expert of Nigeria also raised that concrete solution must be provided to mitigate the issue of cybercrime. This statement is one of the driving forces behind the existence of ProInSafe. During our feasibility studies, we discovered more than 50% of entrepreneurs require our services. In fact with a month of our establishment, we have about 10 clients already. This explains that our services are valuable and our target market is quite huge and responsive. With these businesses’ cooperation, our goals will be achieved.
For example, we had to start using the house as our office since much of our work is online based, many of our meetings are online as well. The staff working with ProInSafe are volunteers (who only have access to certain remuneration for their duties) at the moment but we hope that as we progress they will be full time employees because they are highly skilled and competent they deserve to earn handsome salaries.
We use strategic measures to verify and validate businesses. Our website is well secured and we are less vulnerable to such cyber hazard as hacking even though this cannot be prevented. If such ever happened we have put it in place measures to prevent great havoc. Part of our project will involve supporting technological researches and innovations to proffer lasting solutions to cyber and other related crimes and dangers. Your personal info are safe with ProInSafe, most definitely unless security reasons call for sharing your details with the third party.
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The unemployment rate in Nigeria is a painful reality, and the higher this gets the more problems surface in Nigeria. Many people resolved to cyber crime because of lack of job opportunity. ProInSafe then incorporates empowerment program to support startups and youths who are committed to community development services.
Our empowerment program known as ProInSafe Empowerment Projects (PEP) exists to encourage innovations, promote leadership skills amongst the youths and also facilitate sustainable community development. Our attitudes must be reformed to foster growth in the society. Our projects and empowerment program therefore support ventures that seek to solve relevant problems affecting the society especially as it regards mental wellbeing, poverty, unemployment rate and environmental sanitation. In addition to this, ProInSafe post registered schools and their relevant activities on its website and social media pages to publicize them more. In fact it is our interest to train students to engage in casual journalism, in which they go to certain educational occasions, gather and report information. This is to provide valuable experience and exposure to students who are interested in mass communication and relevant fields.
Our current project is PLACY Club, an empowerment program that focuses on secondary schools in Nigeria. We select students from different schools to participate in the program and engage in projects to resolve mini problems affecting the community. This project involves exploiting youths as tools for sustainable development of the community. We will focus on environmental sanitation, quality education, vocational training, leadership training, mentorship & counselling and poverty alleviation. Building their attitudes from tender age is a great benefit for the society as the actions of people determine the status quo of every society.
ProInSafe major goals are:
- To mitigate online scam businesses, hence promote internet safety
- To reduce unemployment rates
- To encourage innovations
- To create an enabling environment where all diligent and sincere youths (including entrepreneurs) thrive.
- Facilitate the achievement of SDGs definitely. We have SDG in mind in our operations.
We are willing to adopt every means that’s of course legal to achieve these goals. The vision which is to create a safe digital world and facilitate economic growth of the country; mission which involves the implementation of the plan relevant to our goals.
Some of the means include to:
- Analyze and establish security requirements for our systems/networks
- Defend systems against unauthorized access, modification and/or destruction
- Configure and support security tools such as firewalls, anti-virus software, patch management systems, etc.
- Define access privileges, control structures and resources
- Perform vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments
- Identify abnormalities and report violations to higher authorities
- Oversee and monitor routine security administration
- Develop and update business continuity and disaster recovery protocols
- Partner with relevant governmental agencies and organizations e.g Cyber security forums , CAC, etc.
- Employ highly intelligent and skilled professionals
- Train fellow employees in security awareness, protocols and procedures
- Design and conduct security audits to ensure operational security
- Respond immediately to security incidents and provide post-incident analysis
- Research and recommend security upgrades
- Provide technical advice to colleagues
- With our facilities, structures and infrastructures, we will achieve our mission and realize our vision.
There are many benefits to ProInSafe but I will summarize the benefits here right now. Many of us here today have great products and services and trust me more than half of those you advertise to need these products and services, but only less than a quarter of these people patronizes you. Two reasons cause this either the consumers do not have enough money to purchase or they keep procrastinating till they forget to patronize but the latter is not so relevant because what you truly need you will get it, so the second major problem is lack of trust due to the prevalent issue of online scam.
Everyone cannot stop asking is this business legit? Often the answer to this is “I don’t think so” because even though comments and recommendations on the website can be deceptive. I have a few friends who have fallen victims. And ever since you will not find them purchasing online except through Jumia. Some businesses rely more on referrals , this as well works but what if someone needs your product or services but do not know someone that can refer you to them or recommend them to you. Is this not sad. Are you as a business owner not gradually losing income.
Not everyone is as reputable as Jumia, entrepreneurs are really coming up because that appears to be the trending solution to unemployment which of course is a wise step to take to develop our communities and advance the economy of the state. However many of these entrepreneurs face digital marketing challenges, one of which is losing potential customers/clients to “bizaporia;” which implies inability to trust the credibility of a truly credible business.
Many people because of these challenges feel discouraged to own a business and even if they do they are unable to enjoy the advantage of the internet for their business. Internet circulates information faster, so as business owners we cannot avoid it, and this is a reason we must proffer a solution to the problem. Other countries are into this similar venture, we decided it must exist here in Nigeria as well.
ProInSafe encourages the credible entrepreneurs by helping them to convince their potential customers. This is a great deal that cannot be overlooked. The more investments we have, the lesser unemployment rate we battle with. The secret to the economic development of other countries is in their countless business investments, start ups and private business sectors. Firstly this takes the business owner out of the huge number of unemployed youths, most importantly these businesses will be able to employ others. Gradually gradually we are advancing the economy of the country. ProInSafe has potential to hire more than 800 individuals as we progress. Graduates keep increasing but limited opportunities exist. The solution to this is more investments, to provide job opportunities to hire more and more youths. Someone here or someone you know could be this youth that will be hired.
ProInSafe aims to expand across Africa if not the world, that’s the vision, that is every business must be regulated by ProInSafe, get their code to easily convince their potential online consumers of their credibility, make more sales, maximize profits and contribute to our goals to mitigate the risks of business scam. We will increase online visibility of businesses.
As we progress we hope to innovate soft wares and gadgets that will specifically be used to detect scams and facilitate our works that we may even replicate to sell to others. We will realize our dreams if we get support from you all, and others who are not privileged to be here. We ask you to discuss ProInSafe with them all. As we get endorsements, supports especially from government and reputable entities and of course an investor or adequate funding, our operations will be facilitated and we will get to realize our vision.
In conclusion, ProInSafe is registered with appropriate bodies. Our RC number is . We are focused on empowering youths and to support entrepreneurship in Nigeria. I must mention that we aim to dedicate certain percentage of our profits to support start-ups. We also aim to link up credible start ups with investors. There are investors willing to support start ups, they only need a medium to be sure these start ups are indeed genuine, lucrative and sustainable. We will ensure to link up only start ups that meet up with these criteria. We are willing to implement all relevant policies to achieve our goals. ProInSafe will function optimally with adequate facilities and support from notable people and firms in Nigeria. We thereby seek supports from these agencies to support and invest in our innovative organization. For more information about ProInSafe, please visit www.proinsafe.com. Thank you.