Global cybersecurity firm Panda Security and integrated communication solutions provider, iWay Africa – Kenya, have formed a strategic cyber alliance to enable iWay Africa to offer a managed security service to their clients, using Panda's next generation EDR solution.
iWay Africa Kenya's Commercial Manager Dennis Wambugu says advanced cyberattacks, cybersecurity knowledge, insider attacks and risky employee behaviour are four key challenges to cybersecurity in the East African country.
Organisations are still relying on legacy pattern-based protection said Wambugu, adding that the partnership with Panda Security allows iWay Africa "to address specific needs of organisations in Kenya, expanding the cybersecurity discussion beyond the belief that traditional AV alone is enough to protect them from today's advanced threats."
"What we have found in Kenya is an overall lack of knowledge around cybersecurity best practice. Our partnership with Panda Security means that we can add value for our clients by delivering comprehensive cybersecurity solutions for our clients that includes advanced cybersecurity solutions as a managed service."
According to the partners traditional endpoint protection is only effective in protecting against known malware. It is not capable of dealing with attacks where exploits, file-less malware and other advanced technologies are used.
In addition to the ever-present risk of hacker attacks, Ransomware and other APT's - Kenyan organisations face the reality of targeted insider attacks.
The companies say: "Kenya's highly competitive business environment provides motive for cyber espionage. Commercial sabotage is a real risk as disaffected employees may take advantage of company resources for personal benefit. Without advanced protection models in place companies have no way of effectively mitigating the risk of employees stealing and sharing business critical data."
The general lack of knowledge surrounding cybersecurity technology and policies puts Kenyan organisations at risk.
Employees are a key piece of the organisation's cybersecurity strategy - education, policies and procedures indicating best practice are critical to securing the organisation.
Jeremy Matthews, Regional Manager of Panda Security Africa, adds: "This partnership between Panda Security and iWay Africa will be important in protecting digital infrastructures and corporate networks in Kenya."