Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has been conferred with the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) fellowship status.
With the award, bestowed after rigorous interviews and evaluations, Pantami becomes the first and only African Fellow admitted into CIISec, regarded as the ‘Home of Cyber’, among 89 other fellows.
CIISec Fellowship is awarded to individuals who have earned respect and authority within the Cybersecurity community and have demonstrated a commitment to develop the profession.
CIISec is the only information and cybersecurity institution granted the Royal Charter of Incorporation status in the United Kingdom since 2018.
The institute has been dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in information and cybersecurity.
Information from the website of the institute shows the name of Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim on the updated list of current fellows and the only African among 89 other fellows.
According to the institute: “Fellow is the highest level of attainment in the Chartered Institute of Information Security’s (CIISec) membership levels and is there to recognize industry leaders in the information/cyber security profession; meet the aspirations for recognition of achievement and contribution to the profession, within the current membership body; and attract those in the profession with higher levels of skills, experience, respect and attainment.
Some of the Fellows of the Institute include David Alexander; Leslie Anderson; Rory Alsop; Darren Argyle; Professor Daniel Dresner; Ethan Duffell; Chris Cooper Phill Everson; Mike Faulks; Mike Fell and David Ferbrache, among others.
The procedure for the award entails that a prospective Fellow requires a nomination by either a CIISec Board Member, Full member, or a Fellow member, which is then followed by rigorous interviews and evaluations to determine a candidate’s suitability.
“Professor Pantami, who is a passionate advocate of acquiring professional skills that meets the demand of the future work environment (he has authored a book on the topic) joins the league of top cybersecurity experts in the world, and the first from the African continent that is awarded the Fellowship of the chartered institute,” a statement from the Ministry revealed.