NAIROBI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- State-owned Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and Chinese firm, Huawei said Friday they have partnered in order to scale up cyber security skills in the east African nation.
Ezra Chiloba, Director-General of the CA said cyber security is critical since the future of Kenya's economy is going to be driven by the digital space. "We are working with Huawei, who are bringing on board their expansive experience in this sector, and I want to encourage young people who are undertaking courses and are looking forward to participating in the digital economy to invest their time and resources in understanding the future of cyber security," Chiloba said in a statement released in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.
He noted that CA, the telecom industry regulator, and Huawei will jointly set up a special cyber security boot camp for students attending institutions of higher learning across the country.
"The boot camp has attracted more than 1,700 university students across the country. The partnership targets to build capacity amongst technology students to ensure secure networks and cyberspace," Chiloba added.
Official statistics indicate that Kenya has just under 2,000 certified cybersecurity professionals against an annual demand of 10,000 experts.
Chiloba also revealed that the three-day intensive training session which is set to run on Oct. 17-19 is one of the highlights of the month-long celebrations to mark national cybersecurity awareness month marked every October.
He observed that the boot camp includes a Huawei certification e-learning course on cyber security, virtual lab exercises, on-site training, and mentorship from experts within the field.
"These jointly structured sessions and courses are geared at preparing participants for a successful career in cybersecurity," Chiloba said.
Will Meng, CEO of Huawei Kenya, noted that for the past 20 years, the firm has helped build secure networks across Kenya while contributing to economic growth.
"We are pleased to work with the CA to provide training to students to enhance their capacity to operate networks and systems securely, and to be safe online," Meng said.
With cyber security gaining prominence as a key skill area, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and Huawei have moved to fill the gap by training more young people as part of activities to mark the national cybersecurity awareness month marked every October.
In a statement Friday, the two organizations said they have set up a special cybersecurity boot camp for students attending institutions of higher learning across the country. The bootcamp has attracted more than 1,700 university students across the country.
The partnership targets to build capacity amongst technology students to ensure secure networks and cyberspace.
Kenya has just under 2,000 certified cyber security professionals against an annual demand of 10,000 experts.
Ezra Chiloba, Director-General of the CA, stated that, “The future of Kenya’s economy is going to be driven by the digital space and cyber security is critical. We are working with Huawei, who are bringing on board their expansive experience in this sector, and I want to encourage young people who are undertaking courses and are looking forward to participate in the digital economy to invest their time and resources in understanding the future of cybersecurity.”
The three- day intensive training session is set to run from October 17thto 19th 2022 and is one of the highlights of the month-long celebrations and educational activities designed to build the country’s cybersecurity capacity and cyber-risk preparedness.
It comes on the back of the exact launch of a new National Cybersecurity Strategy 2022by the National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee (NC4). A key goal of the strategy is to build national cyber security capacity, including developing more local specialized expertise.
The boot camp includes a Huawei Certification e-learning course on cyber security, virtual lab exercises, on-site training and mentorship from experts within the field. These jointly structured sessions and courses are geared at preparing participants for a successful career in cybersecurity and form an initiative is also one of the activities under the Technical Cooperation Agreement signed by CA and Huawei earlier in the year.
Echoing the CA DG’s remarks, Will Meng, CEO of Huawei Kenya noted that: “For over 20years in Kenya, Huawei has helped build secure networks across the country that have brought economic growth, and we are pleased to work with the CA to provide training to students to enhance their capacity to operate networks and systems securely, and to be safe online”
With new technologies and innovations on the rise, the world is becoming more technologically dependent, and cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated and developing threat to sensitive data.
Data from the cybersecurity strategy shows that Kenya has been registering an increasing number of cyber-attacks which crossed the 148 million-mark in 2021. Utilizing the expertise of the Communications Authority of Kenya and Huawei provides participants with the latest up-to-date knowledge alongside practical activities to hone their skills.
For businesses and learning institutions to gain the skills and knowledge to ensure network and information security, it is important to grow the quality and quantity of current and future workers skilled in cyber security.
Over the years, experts in this space have come up with measures to deal with this problem, with the new and better encryptions, most systems, networks and programs have become less susceptible to cyber attacks. However, cyber attacks are not completely eradicated, instead they are on the rise and are becoming more complex and sophisticated.
Various studies have shown that small businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, energy and utilities are just but a few of the main industries targeted for cyber-attacks.
Three Nigerian students are set to win the sums of N1 Million, N700,000 and N500,000 respectively in the ongoing 2021 Huawei global ICT competition ending on November 7.
The winners will also get a chance to be awarded internship opportunities, get free Huawei devices including laptops and smart devises as well as Huawei Certification vouchers. One of the vital part of the competition is a roadshow – an avenue to intimate the students about the ICT Competition as well as the ICT Academy program.
“The Huawei ICT Competition is a competitive ICT talent exchange event developed by Huawei for University and College students globally to promote the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and support the integration of industry and education. Nigerian students have participated in this competition since 2018, with over 40,000 Nigerian students registering for the competition cumulatively since 2018. Nigerian students reached the 3rd position in the Global final in 2018-2019.
“In the 2019-2020 competition, students from Ahmadu Bello University, University of Port Harcourt and University of Ibadan clinched 2 of the grand prizes in the Cloud and Network Track,” Mr Kenneth Ogwe, the ICT Talent Ecosystem manager said in a statement issued at the end of the awareness road show.
“This is part of Huawei’s CSR programs under which the company is unrelenting in investing heavily in nurturing local ICT talent to compete equally with counterparts from across the globe. This is in addition to growing the local ICT talent ecosystem, strengthening capacity building and increasing people’s digital competence.” he said.
“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Huawei Nigeria did not relent in its efforts in ensuring Nigerian students register under its Authorized Information and Network Academy and get thoroughly trained in core ICT skills. Trainings and classes are online based, engaging hundreds of students across the country on their computer screens from the comfort of their homes.
“Over 15,000 Nigerian students have been trained for free under the Huawei ICT Academy program on subjects such as Networks, Cloud Computing and Big Data. This program also provides Nigerian students with access to globally recognized career certificates at three levels; Huawei Certified ICT Associate, Professional and Expert (HCIA, HCIP and HCIE),” Mr. Ogwe said.
The competition affords students the opportunity for talent building in the ICT Talent Ecosystem. Students are given the platform to enhance their ICT knowledge, practical and application skills, stimulate their innovation skills and creativity and acquire a globally acceptable certification.
During the competition, students choose between the Network and the Cloud track. Under the Network track students compete in networking technologies including Routing and Switching, Security and WLAN while the Cloud Track features newer technologies such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cloud Service, Storage and Artificial Intelligence.
Huawei has so far partnered with over 110 institutions across the country, providing training to more than 5,000 students annually. In 2021, Huawei extended its partnership to over 20 universities across the country to provide training on emerging technologies.
“The Huawei ICT Competition has become an opportunity for students in related fields to connect and compete with fellow students in the country and globally, learn the latest technologies and also get an opportunity to win prizes. Most especially, it allows them to bridge the gap between theoretical study and practical industry experience,” he added.
The registration for the ICT Competition commenced in July and ends on the 7th of November. The students will sit for the Preliminary test slated for the November 8th, 2021 thereafter followed by the National Final by the end of November 2021.
Bangladesh, Oct. 13 -- The Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) has partnered with global ICT infrastructure provider Huawei to set up an ICT academy.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between JUST and Huawei in Jashore Wednesday.
This ICT academy is designed to equip students with advanced ICT knowledge and necessary skills for the future.
Huawei will provide its enriched online learning platform with diversified courses to the students of JUST. Teachers of JUST will get the opportunity to become Huawei-certified trainers at this academy. The trained JUST teachers will provide training to the students afterwards.
Professor Md Anwar Hossain, vice-chancellor of JUST, said: "With the help of the ICT academy in partnership with Huawei, we want to equip our students with all the necessary ICT skills and prepare them for the future."
Karl Yu Ying, head of the Public Affairs and Communications Department of Huawei Bangladesh, said, "Huawei ICT academy is moving forward to develop today's youth in the field of ICT, where they can learn from distinguished academicians and industry experts. Huawei ICT academy has witnessed impressive outcomes from BUET, KUET, and RUET. Right now, we expect the same from JUST."
In April 2022, Huawei inaugurated the ICT academy in BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology). In August 2022, it signed an MoU to establish an ICT academy in KUET (Khulna University of Engineering and Technology).
In September 2022, an MoU was signed to establish an ICT academy in RUET (Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology).
Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from United News of Bangladesh.
MUSCAT: In partnership with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Labour, and Omantel, Huawei launches its flagship annual Huawei ICT Competition 2022-2023 in the sultanate of Oman. The initiative aims at bolstering the overall ICT ecosystem through nurturing local talent who will be the future Omani generation achieving the Sultanate’s national development plans and ambitious in line with Oman Vision 2040.
This year’s competition was launched during a ceremony held at Huawei Regional ICT Training Center, and attended by Dr Ali al Shidhani, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Li Lingbing, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Sultanate of Oman, Sayeed Salim al Busaidi Under-Secretary of Ministry of Labour for Human Resource Development, Al Shaikh Talal al Mamari CEO of Omantel and Chen Jianhan CEO of Oman Huawei, in addition to representatives from various ministries, universities, and senior executives form Huawei.
From October to December, thousands of undergraduate students are expected to participate in the competition, which is being held virtually. Winners of the regional competitions will receive a certification, future learning opportunities, trophy, internship, opportunities to join Huawei or Huawei partners and $20,000 cash prize.
Dr Ali al Shidhani, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, said: “We are proud to partner with Huawei for the 10 consecutive year on a prestigious program such as the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition. The ICT sector is currently playing a significant part in strengthening the Sultanate’s global competitiveness and overall economic growth. Collaborating with a global technology company reconfirms our commitment to empower our nation’s youth and prepare a future generation for Oman’s digital transformation journey.”
Chen Jianhan, CEO of Huawei Oman, said: “Empowering the sultanate’s youth with global knowledge and new skills plays a key role in the future of socio-economic growth. Huawei is committed to developing the ICT industry by investing in local young talent and creating an open, collaborative ecosystem. Moreover, by offering participants access to online learning, we can create equal opportunities for quality education, and ultimately enabling more people to effectively contribute to the development of the digital economy.”
The competition further promotes creativity amongst students by acting as a bridge between the classroom and the workforce, enhancing students’ future employment opportunities. The training courses and competition program this year focus on modern technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, data storage, big data, Security, Datacom, WLAN and enhancing communication between talented youth in the region. The competition is considered one of the auxiliary channels for the current efforts made by governments, universities, and educational institutions in the field of talent discovery and support to prepare future leaders who will be responsible for leading the development process by relying on technology.
Huawei smartwatches offer incredible battery life and a plethora of workouts and features but the lack of third-party support has been a deal-breaker for some users. Hopefully, today sees the start of a new dawn for Huawei and their exciting news of support for the popular Strava app.
Today, Huawei announced that it is enabling data integration between Huawei Health and Strava. As a result, anyone using a Huawei wearable device may now export their data to a Strava account and benefit from the many activity tracking and social features of the programme.
A user's Strava account can now be seamlessly updated with accurate personal multi-sport performance statistics collected by Huawei Health as well as comprehensive route activity. This also means that Strava users may now benefit from several of the Huawei wearable devices' common features, such as their long battery life and accurate performance tracking data.
The functionality is available across Europe, including Ireland, and is compatible with all Huawei wearables, including the latest flagships the Huawei Watch GT3 Pro, Huawei GT Runner and the upcoming Huawei Watch D.
Adam Liu, Country Director at Huawei Ireland said: ‘’Huawei Health continues to be our chosen platform for our wearable users to comprehensively track their health and fitness activity. However, we recognise the popularity of Strava, in particular, its community and sharing capabilities. We are excited to offer our customers choice and flexibility and to introduce Strava users to the many benefits of Huawei’s wearable technology. We’re delighted to be taking another positive step forward, building a strong health and fitness community worldwide.’’
1. Log into the Huawei Health app
2. Click on “Me”
3. Scroll down and select “Privacy Management”
4. Select “Data sharing and authorisation”
5. Click on “Strava”
6. Press “Connect with Strava”
7. You’ll then be directed to the Strava website where you’ll need to enter your Strava account details and login into your account
8. Allow the Huawei Health app to connect to your Strava account by clicking “Authorise”
Huawei reportedly plans to relaunch 5G phones as early as next year in an effort to regain market share that was lost in the fallout from US sanctions.
A Financial Times report published Thursday says Huawei may try to circumvent US sanctions by redesigning its smartphone to accommodate "less advanced" chipsets made by Chinese companies that will enable 5G. However, this approach risks impacting user experience, the report says. Prior to Washington tightening sanctions, a Huawei subsidiary designed the chipsets before it was manufactured by leading chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor.
The report went on to say that Huawei was also considering phone cases with built-in modules that enable 5G connectivity. Such cases are already on the market.
Huawei pointed to the restrictions on what it can offer and how that affects its operations.
"Huawei strictly follows the law in all countries where we operate. As a result of sanctions, we can only offer consumers 4G smartphones," a Huawei spokesperson told CNET in an email on Friday. "Despite this, we will continue to innovate and keep bringing a better user experience to consumers."
Earlier this year, Huawei launched a nearly $2,000 foldable phone, called the, but it's only compatible with 4G networks in this era of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology.
Analysts say that even if Huawei manages to launch new 5G phones, it'll face an uphill battle in reclaiming international market share without Google. US sanctions have also restricted Huawei's access to Google, which means its phones do not run popular apps such as the Google Play Store or Gmail.
In 2021, Huawei's revenues for its smartphone-led consumer business plunged by 50% compared to the year before.
The US has long alleged that Huawei maintains a tight relationship with the Chinese government, creating fear that equipment from these manufacturers could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Huawei has repeatedly denied that its products pose a security threat.
In 2020, the Trump administration leveled tougher sanctions on Huawei, which restricted any foreign semiconductor company from selling chips developed using US technology to the Chinese firm, without first obtaining a license to do so.
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