By Charles Akinbode
A senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State, Dr. Bodunde Akinyemi, has advised the Federal Government to adopt a bio-inspired approach in solving national security challenges.
Akinyemi, who was guest speaker at the Kings University’s Annual Faculty of Science Lecture titled Information Security Management: “Moving from Conventional to Bio-inspired Solutions,” on Tuesday, said the development of bio-inspired solutions could serve as an effective national information security framework.
She said: “Information security management is a critical issue in today’s rapidly growing usage of the Internet and the World Wide Web. More complexities and diversity in information systems have given rise to intrusions and malicious attacks, thus making it increasingly difficult to manage information systems security.
“The Quality of Services (QoS) of information systems has significantly deteriorated due to an upsurge of cyber attacks. So, this degeneration has given rise to researches on information security.
“Conventional information security management models such as data encryption, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning approaches are inadequate to effectively address the challenges of information security, hence, the need for the adoption of bio-inspired solutions in developing effective information security architecture.
“Bio-inspiration involves learning from biological processes and activities in developing new computing technologies. Bio-inspired solutions used by scientists and researchers to solve real-world problems are dynamic, robust, and resilient.
“In this era of ‘Big Data’, there is a need to move towards data-driven intelligent decision-making process by observing and learning from nature to advance national security and boost the nation’s economic prosperity.”
In her remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of Kings University, Prof. Adenike Kuku, said increased digitisation and automation has made the world become a global village that needs a secured storage of information systems to run businesses and the society at large.
Describing “the combination of the conventional and Bio-inspired solutions as innovative ideas for combating the emerging threats,”. the Vice Chancellor promised that Kings University will continue to partner with relevant agencies of government and the private sector to develop an effective information security architecture to protect information systems.