Vodacom Business partners with Trend Micro to elevate cybersecurity offering

SOUTH AFRICA – To ensure businesses are not on the backfoot when it comes to cyber-attacks, Vodacom Business has expanded its security solutions to offer Trend Micro Worry-Free Services, a suite of protection services not only encompasses multiple endpoints, such as laptops, desktops, mobile devices and servers but includes web browsing, email and cloud collaboration. “At Vodacom Business, we understand that organizations are facing enormous challenges in today’s business climate, including the proliferation of cyberattacks. As a leading technology provider, our aim is to offer solutions that help businesses digitalize…

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Cybersecurity start-up Sendmarc secures funding from Endeavor South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Sendmarc, a cybersecurity email protection and compliance start-up, has secured funding from Endeavor South Africa as it looks to scale more quickly. The amount of the investment funding was not disclosed. Launched in 2018 by Sam Hutchinson, Keith Thompson, and Sacha Matulovich, Sendmarc provides the setup, implementation and reporting functionality for a global email protection standard known as DMARC.  This protocol is designed to give email domain owners the ability to protect their domains from unauthorised use, such as impersonation attacks or email spoofing and by accelerating the implementation…

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Liquid Telecom Kenya rebrands to Liquid Intelligent Technologies, establishes itself as the digital service partner of choice

KENYA – Liquid Intelligent Technologies Kenya, part of the Liquid Intelligent Technologies group, a pan-African technology company, has unveiled its new brand identity, reflecting the organisation’s extensive business transformation from being a telecommunications and digital services provider to a full one-stop-shop technology group for local businesses. Over the last two decades, Liquid has firmly established itself as the leading pan-African digital infrastructure provider. The rebrand to Liquid Intelligent Technologies highlights the organization’s expansion of its Cloud business, Cybersecurity services, and other technologies added to its existing telecoms and connectivity capability.…

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Allied Electronics Corporation acquires information security specialist Lawtrust from tech firm Etion for US$17m

SOUTH AFRICA – Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron). has revealed that it has acquired digital trust services and cyber information security solutions company Lawtrust from Etion for US$17 million, to position itself as a one-stop-shop for all that its digital and information security. The acquisition was still subject to South Africa’s Competition Commission approval. Altron chief executive Mteto Nyati said security was one of their key growth areas, in addition to Cloud, Data and Automation. “What differentiates Lawtrust is the level of intellectual property they own and an annuity base of…

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AfDB extends US$2m grant to strengthen cybersecurity and boost financial inclusion in Africa

AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has awarded a US$2 million grant to establish the African Cybersecurity Resource Center (ACRC) for Financial Inclusion to tackle cybercrime across Africa and to strengthen the resilience of digital financial ecosystems. The  grant will be disbursed through the Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility, a blended finance vehicle, which the institution supports. The project will take a three-pronged approach: creation of an affordable shared platform to monitor cyber-attacks against financial service providers and individual customers; rollout of individualized advisory services to enable  organisations to…

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Mauritius IT firm to set up US$1.5m cyber security training facility in Kenya

KENYA – Yelbridges, a Mauritius headquartered cyber security firm, said it will be setting up a US$1.5 million (Sh150 million) Virtual Conference Centre in Thika, Kenya that will offer training on cyber security to IT professionals in the country. The centre will be fitted with ultra-modern facilities that will enable real simulation of a cyber attack and how to mount defence against it, incident response as well as other offerings to enhance skills and learning amongst security analysts and IT practitioners. “According to the Africa cybersecurity report, 96 percent of…

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