Safaricom launches IT security system

Safaricom House. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Bashir Mbuthia

Safaricom on Monday launched a new security service that will offer enterprise customers access to a wide range of security solutions in an attempt to protect their Information Technology (IT) systems.

The service, according to the Telco will allow companies and individuals to secure their emails, websites and manage vulnerabilities among other services.

“We realise that customers all 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,” said Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Collymore in an official statement.

“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,” he added.

A new global cyber security report from Vodafone highlights that the more cyber ready a business becomes, the better its overall business outcomes. 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.

According to the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), Kenya recorded a 56.59 percent drop in the number of cyber threats documented in the country in 2018 alone.The percentage amounts to about 3.46 million cyber threats that were recorded in the financial quarter ended June 2018 which is a significant drop from the 7.97 million threats recorded during the preceding quarter.

The decrease in the number of threats was attributed to customers adopting other online security measures such as using antivirus’, backups and encryptions which safeguarded their devices and servers from attacks.


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