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NIN verification using your NIN slip will no longer acceptable, use Virtual NIN

As the world continues to make sense of the digital transformation, networks are becoming increasingly complex and provide a unique avenue for nefarious activity if left unattended.

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Destiny Young is a highly credentialed information technology professional with over 14 years of industry experience. An HND/BSc (Hons) in Computer Science graduate. He holds a Master of Technology degree in Information Technology from the prestigious University of South Africa (UNISA). He is a Distinction-grade MBA alumnus of Nexford University, Washington, DC, where he also obtained a First-class MSc degree in Digital Transformation. His professional development direction is in Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, and Business Intelligence. He is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute of Administration of Nigeria (CIA), the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), etc.

International Standard Organisation (ISO) 270001 Information Security Management System (ISMS) requires that organisations assess information security risks, put in place robust security controls and processes, and embed information security management across the organisation. It details the requirements for businesses to securely manage information assets and data to an internationally recognised standard. It provides a robust approach for managing assets such as customer and employee details, intellectual property, financial information, citizens record, and third-party data.

As the world continues to make sense of the digital transformation, networks are becoming increasingly complex and provide a unique avenue for nefarious activity if left unattended.

The National Identity Management Commission of Nigeria (the agency in charge of NIN) in compliance with ISO 27001 has implemented a new procedure for the use of NIN for verification purposes.

Henceforth, NIN verification using your NIN slip will no longer be effective (you now must provide 16 digits generated from the NIMC app).

The new virtual NIN could be likened to a soft bank token and can be generated in amazingly easy steps.

HOW TO GENERATE YOUR vNIN (Virtual National Identity Number)

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(1) Download, install, and configure the NIMC Mobile ID app on your smartphone. Enter your PIN on the lock screen to continue. Select the “GET VIRTUAL NIN” button on the “Home” screen.

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(2) To generate a Virtual NIN via USSD, dial *346*3*Your NIN*Agent Code# (XXXXX). An SMS message will be returned, containing the virtual NIN generated for you.

The 6 digits Agent Code is the code provided to you by the organisation that wants to verify your Identity. Once you generate your vNIN for the given organisation that wants to verify your ID, you cannot use that same vNIN 16 digits code again for another verification (more like soft token you input to complete a transaction with your banking app.)

PS: Your NIN is still required to generate the Virtual NIN and can only be used for one platform transaction at a time.

Destiny Young
Destiny Young is a highly credentialed information technology professional with over 14 years of industry experience. An HND/BSc (Hons) in Computer Science graduate. He holds a Master of Technology degree in Information Technology from the prestigious University of South Africa (UNISA). He is a Distinction-grade MBA alumnus of Nexford University, Washington, DC, where he also obtained a First-class MSc degree in Digital Transformation. His professional development direction is in Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation, and Business Intelligence. He is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute of Administration of Nigeria (CIA), the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), etc.
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