TechInAfrica – Pan-African telecommunications service provider SEACOM announced a partnership with cyber-security Sophos on 26 August. This partnership will allow the 2 companies to develop ‘On-Premise Security, the “next-generation” security solution. This solution is aimed at cost-conscious small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across South Africa.
SEACOM’s ‘On-Premise Security’ is deemed to be a full-suite solution that utilizes Sophos’ XG Firewall as its basis. It works as an “out the box” security product, which will bundle all the licenses and combine the fundamental functionality, such as intrusion prevention, Web Application Firewall, and email security, altogether with protection and control measurement for web users and applications on the network. The included additional features in the bundle are traffic shaping, to ensure optimal performance for business-critical systems and features, and comprehensive reporting with automatic identification of employees, whose online behavior may cause vulnerabilities of the organization to cyber-attacks.
Robert Marston, Global Head of Product at SEACOM, said “Although many smaller businesses buy into the ‘It won’t happen to me’ mindset, SMEs are as much at risk as big corporates when it comes to threats to their networks. The driving force behind ‘On-Premise Security’ was to create a cost-effective solution to help South African SMEs improve their security posture with minimal effort on the customer’s part.”‘
‘On-Premise Security’ is a similar solution to SEACOM’s pre-existing Hosted Security product which is also delivered in partnership with Sophos.
Marston further elaborated that they want to give their customers more choices to choose from that are better aligned with their needs and budgets, and he is aware that sometimes the hosted solutions can be over budget for some small companies. SEACOM can meet growing security demands in the SME sector by providing synchronized, next-generation cyber-threat protection for networks and end-points for businesses of this scale when they decided to work with Sophos.
“With Sophos, we can deliver important cyber-security and protection to our customers faster and more effectively.”
“With cyber threats evolving and changing daily, organizations of all sizes need a technology company that’s on the frontline of developing highly effective security solutions that are simple to use. said Pieter Nel, Regional Head, SADC, Sophos.
Pieter Nel of Sophos Regional Head, SADC, mentioned about the evolving and instant changes of cyber threats and that organizations from all scales need a technology company that’s guarding the frontline of developing highly effective and practical security solution.
“We are committed to building a solid relationship with SEACOM so that they can bring the most innovative and advanced IT security to their customers.”