Serianu and Liquid Telecom form strategic partnership for cybersecurity offering

25 April 2018 Consultancy.africa

Kenyan consultancy Serianu has boosted its geographical reach through a strategic partnership with African telecommunications giant Liquid Telecom. The partnership will not only provide protection to clients at every stage of operations, but will also work to improve cybersecurity standards across the continent. 

Digital integration across Africa is still in its infancy. The continent is currently working towards providing everyone with internet access, projected to surpass 1 billion internet connections by 2022. The portion of daily activities conducted online today, however, remains fairly low at this stage.

Nevertheless, in larger economies such as Nigeria, there is a call for people to transition to the online sphere, particularly for financial transaction activity. The issue in such a scenario, particularly in today’s global environment, is that a relatively fresh digital population conducting financial activity online is likely to generate a considerable amount of risk.

In this context, IT and business services firm Serianu and pan-African network service provider Liquid Telecom have formed a valuable partnership. Liquid Telecom is equipped with infrastructure that stretches across a large portion of the continent — combined with an expertise in network provision — which makes it ideally equipped to cater to the growing online population in Africa.

Serianu and liquid telecom form strategic partnership for cybersecurity offering

Serianu, on the other hand, established the continent’s first ever Cyber Immersion Centre earlier this year, wherein the firm offers testing facilities for technology firms to evaluate their cybersecurity mechanisms. The innovative centre also provides training and educational facilities for new firms looking to develop a cybersecurity framework.

Together, the firms will work with clients across the banking and finance sector, along with clients in a number of others sectors, such as healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality. Their services will include the establishment of monitoring and response systems — leveraging Liquid Telecom’s data centres and network fibre, as well as Serianu’s cybersecurity and consulting capabilities.

For Serianu, the partnership offers access to the large radius of Liquid Telecom’s operations, which stretch across Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa — including Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Liquid Telecom will make use of Serianu’s consulting infrastructure to expand the scope of its services.

Commenting on the partnership, Ben Roberts, Chief Technology Information Officer at Liquid Telecom said, "While digital transformation presents a vast opportunity for businesses today in Africa, the risk of cybercrime has never been greater. Through this partnership with Serianu, Liquid Telecom is not only ensuring that customers using our network and data centres facilities have access to the very latest cybersecurity solutions, but that we are also raising the overall level of cybersecurity standards and practices across the region."

CEO of Serianu, William Makatiani added, "Supporting local businesses and initiatives is one of the key pillars that both Serianu and Liquid Telecom share in common. Through this partnership, we will explore new ways to empower existing and future customers with quality, home-grown cybersecurity solutions that will help reduce the risk and cost from cybercrime across the region."

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Responding to a cyber attack appropriately is a crucial aspect of cyber security

12 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

In light of an increasingly vulnerable digital environment in Namibia and across Africa, companies must not only protect themselves against targeted cyber attacks, but must also work to ensure that they “bounce back” quickly in the case of such an attack, according to Wynand Gariseb at Headway Consulting.

Headway Consulting has been an integral part of Namibia’s digitalisation process, having organised training programmes to equip organisations with skills in advanced IT tools, as well as facilitating the integration of Industry 4.0 mechanisms. The firm has now commented on cybersecurity.

Africa is rapidly digitalising, and is due to be home to as many as 1 billion internet connections by as early as 2021. Given the relatively new exposure to the online environment, a number of businesses on the continent are susceptible to cyber attacks on their operations.

Responding to a cyber attack appropriately is a crucial aspect of cyber security

According to Wynand Gariseb, the resilience of firms to cyber attacks is just as important is their resistance to attacks. Most digitally integrated organisations are at risk of being targeted by cyber criminals at one time or another. The question is one of restoring stability to operations in the wake of an attack.

“How quickly they recover demonstrates the true mettle of the organisation, its cyber resilience, if you will. It should bounce back. Ask yourself; “Would your organization have the ability to withstand, respond to, and recover from a cyber-attack or data breach?,” says Gariseb.

“The goal of cyber resilience is to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and business operations,” he adds. In order to ensure that the response to such an attack is appropriate, Gariseb recommends the establishment of clear procedures and mechanisms in the instance of an attack.

As per Gariseb, Headway Consulting’s cyber security framework offers the right tools to tackle such a scenario, particularly as it emphasises a balance between an organisation’s prevention, detection and correction priorities; their people, process and technology priorities.