Two external examiners joined AUN professors to assess graduate students at the presentations of their research work on April 21.
The examiners are Dr. Olofin Babatunde Bayodele, a Senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu, and Dr. Abubakar Dahiru Abubakar, a professor of Information Technology at Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola.
First among the presenters was Goodness Chama, a Master’s degree IT student who studied how cybercrimes can originate from users behaviours such as ignorance, negligence or malicious motives.
Mr. Chama’s project was centred on how to improve security in identity management. In the project, he developed a system dynamic framework that will help clarify the role of users in identity management, study various user behaviours and how they affect Identity management, as well as showed how cyber-crimes relate to growing user identity mismanagement. The framework focused on three key variables: user mismanagement, cybercrimes, and management reaction.
From the framework, Chama showed how user behavior could create vulnerabilities in a system. He said if user behaviour is not controlled and managed effectively, it could lead to an increase in cybercrimes. His framework also explored the effects of management reaction to increase in cyber-crimes in an organization.
Chama opines that organizations should study their users. “If we have a good knowledge of our users, the categories with which they belong, we would be able to know which policies to put in place. If we have majority of ignorant users, we know that the solution to our problem might be enlightenment.”
Dr. Bayodele praised the research and said the project has the potential of being extended as a PhD work. He was keen on knowing how it can be implemented to address the security challenge in North East of Nigeria.
Chama said the methodology is not common within the country. “I think if we really want to make this applicable in this system; the first area would be letting people know about this.”
To be able to apply the concept to the North East, he said identifying and relating the variables is important. “We have to look at those dynamic problems, classify them, and see how they relate to each other. Once you are able to relate this structure, they would be able to fit it into this model and you would be able to see result.”
Following Chama’s presentation was that by Ms. Yahanasu Ibrahim whose research is on Using Cognitive Theory to Examine Security and Computational Laws in Nigeria Banking System.
Other Master’s degree students in IT, who presented on that day and their project titles, include Joshua C Shawulu, An Investigation on the Application of Wireless Technologies to Climate Change Intervention in Nigeria; Ibrahim Bashari, Improving staff compliance through information systems security: A case study of Avalon group Nigeria; Rabiu Maijandawa, State of the art of telemedicine in sub-Saharan Africa: A case study of National Hospital Abuja; Israel Uche Ndukwe, A Database System For Effective Birth Registration: Case Study of Nigeria, and Peter Egheneji, A Systems Dynamics Study of the Impact of Cloud Computing Adoption by SMEs.
Four Telecommunications Master’s degree students presented the following week under the invitation of Dr. Adamu Wakili is a senior lecturer in the department of Mathematical Sciences, Federal University, Lokoja.
They include Maigalisa Yohanna; Reduction of Inter Channel Interference in Communication systems using a Digital Communication Model; Richard Akomodi, Performance analysis of spectrum sensing techniques in a cognitive radio system; Francis Chaming, Spectrum Regulation Framework: A Case Study of NCC, Nigeria, and Peter Samaila, Performance of dense wavelength division multiplexing in a ring metropolitan area network with or without erbium doped fiber amplifier using optisystem and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA).