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Safaricom moves to secure network of enterprise customers

SCI & TECH
By Correspondent | Feb 14th 2019 | 2 min read
By Correspondent | February 14th 2019
SCI & TECH
Bob Collymore Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.

Leading telecommunications company Safaricom has diversified its products to include IT security services in a move aimed at protecting organisations against cyber-attacks.

The company says enterprise customers can now access a wide range of security solutions to protect their information technology (I.T) systems.
The services include Managed Security Solutions, Security Assurance and Advisory services as well as Managed Security Operations Center solutions.
With the new services, companies, enterprises, and individuals can secure their emails, websites, manage vulnerabilities, test and audit I.T systems including real time monitoring among other services
“We realise that all customers have unique needs and different budget levels. Our I.T cybersecurity solutions are designed to cater for each customer’s needs so that they can get the best value and strategically select their solutions. We are excited to see that the solution is gathering interest with some of our customers in the financial services and transport industries already signing up for the service,” Said Bob Collymore Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom.
A new global cyber security report from Vodafone highlights that the more cyber ready a business becomes, the better its overall business outcome. According to the Cyber Ready Barometer, 48 per cent of cyber ready businesses are reporting more than 5 per cent increases in annual revenue as well as high stakeholder trust levels. Despite this, the research also shows that only 24 per cent of businesses globally could reasonably call themselves cyber ready.
“The fifth generation of the cyber landscape gives criminals a wider attack surface and thus more opportunities to take advantage of it. In addition, new vulnerabilities, whether through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, mean both organisations and consumers alike need to be aware of the risks mobile devices pose”, said Jeremy Kaye, Head of Mobile Security, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd in their 2018 cybersecurity report
In its 2017 Internet Security Report, Software company Symantec reported that malicious emails were the weapon of choice for a wide range of cyber-attacks in 2016, used by everyone from state- sponsored cyber espionage groups to mass-mailing ransomware gangs. According to the report one in 131 emails sent were malicious, the highest rate in five years.  

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