AccessKenya Launches Managed Security Services


imagesIn a move that will see AccessKenya Group become East Africa’s top managed security service provider, the Dimension Data-owned firm has partnered with Security Risks Solution Limited and Internet Solutions Kenya Limited to introduce Security as a Service solution for  its high-risk ICT clients in East Africa.

According to the firm, the Managed Security Services (MSS) solution can be deployed within 7 days after an audit to clients with highly vulnerable environments in sectors such as banking, insurance and government revenue centers.

Loren Bosch, the Head of Managed Services at AccessKenya and Internet Solutions said the new solution is able to capture real-time logs and alerts of manipulation of electronic files and any attempts to circumvent IT controls.

“We are introducing MSS as a single vendor solution with access to modules such as automated monitoring, Visibility, control and oversight, Cost savings, Reduced risk of obsolescence, flexibility and Security compliance. By deploying MSS, hosted on the AccessKenya and Internet Solution cloud, an organization will be able to free up critical human and financial resources”, he said.

The firm said the move is attributed to the personnel skills shortage coupled by the high Capex requirement for developing a fully secure inhouse environment.  The firm said in 2013 over 71 percent of all attacks were directed to personal and end user devices while 51 percent were targeted at server systems.

“As the bring your own device (BYOD) trend continues at the workplace, we shall continue to see information security risks being exploited both from internal and external vulnerabilities such as poorly deployed business applications and downloads”, said Jason Finlayson, Director Security Risks Solution.

Finlayson says users rarely discover they are victims until the malicious applications take over  their credentials and genuine applications.

“This means that organizations need to treat privacy as both a compliance and business risk issue to reduce regulatory sanctions and high impact security events that may lead to reputational damage and loss of customers due to privacy breaches”, he explained.