Organizations are ceaselessly gather information and data across every element of their business transactions and its reliance is exponentially growing.
On the other hand, though, Cyber security has been a global issue and Kenya is not an exception. With most companies relying fully on technology that’s where the Kenyan Cyber security threat lies since most of the technology users lack awareness concerning secure information handling and best practices.
Many of these users mostly customers and employees have insufficient knowledge on the level of risk they are exposing themselves and their organizations to, while interacting with these technologies.
A report released last year by Serianu showed that Kenya lost approximately Sh21.2 billion to cybersecurity in 2017, second only to Nigeria which lost Sh65.5 billion.
Despite the passing of a bill in Computer and Cyber Crime into law, with emerging technologies coming up almost daily these numbers will even go up.
With this, Cybersecurity is a top priority for any business with many scrambling to get defensive measures in place. Here, we look at the most innovative and top firms providing cybersecurity services:
With a more small-scale focus, Sophos is a security software and hardware company that has managed to outpace Silicon Valley competitors with its robust cybersecurity offering.
Although it has been around for some time, Sophos is truly a rising star, with its share price on a precipitous, upward trajectory and Morgan Stanley naming the company its top European technology sector pick for 2018.
Part of its growth is due to cybercriminals increasingly aiming attacks at a greater number of smaller firms – who can prove very lucrative targets – rather than concentrating on larger, more well-defended firms. This plays in perfectly to Sophos’ target demographic of small to medium sized companies.
Better known for its global business accountancy services, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) is a privately owned network of affiliated firms that has built a commanding presence in security consultancy.
The firm has partnerships with a range of companies in the space including security ‘unicorn’ Tanium. The company also provides research for the annual Information Security breaches survey in conjunction with the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
They deliver cybersecurity services such as AccessAble, which helps to minimise opportunities for attack, and reduce time and costs spent on security, stages simulations of attacks to test whether the company is sufficiently prepared, and of course, develops the best responses to security breaches.
Serianu is a Kenyan Based a cyber security consultancy firm that enables organisations to extract value from their information assets. The company helps organisations collect, protect, and analyze critical business information. Last year the company opened its Cyber Immersion Center, a training centre which targets cyber security professionals in Africa to hone their skills and ramp up their cyber-attack preparedness. The company also releases annual Cybersecurity Reports that highlights the trends in Kenya, East Africa and Africa.
An Israeli owned company, Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd. is a multinational provider of software and combined hardware and software products for IT security, including network security, endpoint security, mobile security, data security and security management.
Check Point is presently focused on what it calls “fifth generation cyber security,” or “Gen V.” It identifies the fifth generation as focused on large-scale and fast moving attacks across mobile, cloud and on-premise networks that easily bypass the conventional, static detection-based defenses being used by most organizations today
Kaspersky Lab is a multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, Russia and operated by a holding company in the United Kingdom. Kaspersky Lab develops and sells antivirus, internet security, password management, endpoint security, and other cybersecurity products and services.
As of 2016, the software has about 400 million users and has the largest market-share of cybersecurity software vendors in Europe.
Why we think Kaspersky is a great Cyberscurity company: Kaspersky Lab ranks fourth in the global ranking of antivirus vendors by revenue. It was the first Russian company to be included into the rating of the world’s leading software companies, called the Software Top 100. Kaspersky Lab is ranked 4th in Endpoint Security segment according to IDC data for 2010. According to Gartner, Kaspersky Lab is currently the third largest vendor of consumer IT security software worldwide and the fifth largest vendor of Enterprise Endpoint Protection. Kaspersky Lab has been named a “Leader” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms.
Kaspersky also publishes the annual Global IT Security Risks Survey.
Forcepoint develops and markets cybersecurity software to prevent employees from viewing inappropriate or malicious content, or leaking confidential data. It also sells firewall, cloud access, and cross-domain IT security products.
The company’s products are used to block certain websites, or just portions of a website, inspect network traffic, filter e-mails. and control where sensitive files can be accessed. Forcepoint products can also be used to prevent employees from accessing websites deemed inappropriate for workplace viewing by their employer.
Protec is a Kenyan based Cybersecurity firm that offers information security, risk management and audit services. Acquired in 2015 by Cyber 1 – A Cyber Security leader headquartered in Stockholm Sweden, Protec then increased in solutions, services and skills portfolio to become regional leaders in PCI services, Security Solutions, Managed Cyber Security Services, Assurance Services and Advisory Services. Through their services Protec helps companies in Data Loss Prevention, Network Security, Content Filtering, Data security, Compliance & SIEM, Penetration Testing, Information Security Audit, IT Governance, Risk Management and PCI ASV Security Scan.
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