In an effort to continue its expansion into the promising African market, multi-national cyber security and anti-virus provider Kaspersky last week announced that it would open a new office in Kigali, Rwanda.
The announcement came during the sidelines of the Transform Africa Summit, which was hosted in the East African country, when Rwandan President Paul Kagame held a discussion with Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kapersky on how to effectively mitigate cyber security threats in the country.
According to the Kaspersky CEO, the allure of Africa’s fast rising business market is proving attractive to cybercriminals from all over the world and African nations have to step up their efforts to deter the occurrence of cybercrime within their borders.
“Governments and enterprises across Africa need an integrated approach to complex threat detection and response as they fight cybercriminals who have significant financial resources and are constantly looking to exploit any vulnerability,” Eugene Kaspersky said in a statement.
Mr. Kaspersky similarly insisted that once the new office is set up it will be used to serve the firm’s growing number of partners, spanning different industries, not only in Rwanda but in the East Africa region in general.
On his part Amir Kannan, the Managing Director at Kaspersky Lab for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa lauded the initiative that will go a long way in helping African countries secure their digital assets.
“While a few years ago it was enough to have a strategy to prevent infection, today businesses have to be able to detect when they are infected or hacked, predict hacker behaviour and respond to attacks quickly to ensure minimal damage and impact. We can support in achieving this,” Amir Kanaan said.
Kaspersky Lab is a global company operating in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe. The new office in Kigali will be the 36th representative office the company has world-wide.