The advent of technology and a higher internet penetration has made things easier and convenient for both businesses and individuals. However, this has brought with it the risk of cyber-attacks by hackers. A hacker can be defined as a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data with the sole aim of committing a crime. As such businesses and individuals need to protect themselves from such attacks which can lead to massive losses.

It is in response to this that Safaricom has now announced that its enterprise customers can now be able to access a wide range of security solution that can enable them to protect their I.T systems. The services offered include; managed security solutions, security assurance and advisory services as well as a managed security operations center. With the launch of the new service companies, enterprises and individuals can now be able to secure emails, websites, manage vulnerabilities, test and audit I.T systems and access real time monitoring among other services.

A new 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% of cyber ready businesses are reporting more than 5% increases in annual revenue as well as high stakeholder trust levels.  Despite this, the research also shows that only 24% of businesses globally could reasonably call themselves cyber ready.

The Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore, had this to say about the new product,  “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. 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.”