John Wachira
John Wachira Cyber Security Product Lead

In a world where hackers and their attack methods are becoming more sophisticated and persistent, cybersecurity is no longer a “nice thing to have”.

Businesses in countries that lack the cybersecurity skills and infrastructure to fend off attacks are now at a higher risk. According to a report by the National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team, Kenya is among the top 10 African nations with the highest exposure to cybercrime. It added that 26.6 million cyberthreats occurred in the country between April 2019 and June 2019.

Given that enterprise cybersecurity issues are now becoming part of everyday business, what can you do about it?

Build a response plan

Statistics by Kenya’s Communications Authority reveal shocking details of a lack of response to cybercrime. In 2018/2019, more than 10 million cyberattacks were conducted with millions of incidents not reported by Internet users.

So it's imperative to prioritise information security and put measures in place that will help you to assess levels of risks and exposure in your network. It goes without saying that you should formulate a cyber-incident response plan which includes notification and escalation procedures when an incident occurs.

In this regard, a risk assessment is a good starting point. It will help you to uncover potential threats. We have more information detailing how you can identify the gaps in your organisation’s critical risk areas.

Mitigate risks

It's not enough to detect risks, you must be able to do something when a threat is identified. In other words, you must have the ability to mitigate it. Traditional security solutions do not make the cut hence the need for real-time monitoring and proactive reporting as they put your IT team in control to track and respond to emerging events.

Jeremy Capell, Executive: Cyber Resilience, Internet Solutions and ContinuitySA, says this about the matter: “While security measures to prevent a breach remain important, organisations must devote even more resources to developing the ability to respond to, and recover from, an attack. This cyber resilience is critical because chances are that an attack will succeed – how quickly the business can get back up and running will determine its sustainability.”

Cultivate a cybersecurity culture

Cultivate a culture where all employees follow cybersecurity best practices. It’s as easy as getting all employees involved in quarterly security assessments and holding regular cybersecurity training sessions in the IT department. Your business can boast comprehensive cybersecurity defence systems and sophisticated IT protocols, but without an embedded culture of cybersecurity awareness, cybercriminals can take advantage of your employees’ lack of competence.

We take a multi-layered approach to enterprise cybersecurity because it takes more than one line of defence to keep your enterprise out of harm’s way. Our cybersecurity solutions employ a “Detect”, “Protect” and “Respond” approach so that all your bases are covered. To learn more about what each segment entails, download The IS approach to cybersecurity .


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