SEACOM Kenya showcases its 2023 vision and plans for East Africa at Evolve business event

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As 2022 comes to a close, SEACOM Kenya is poised to welcome in the new year with a forward-facing vision of its future; one that puts the experience of its customers front and centre while ushering in a new generation of the Internet, network, security, and managed services solutions across the region.

This vision was the centrepiece of Evolve, an event hosted by the pan-African Telecommunications and managed services provider on 1 December at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought members of the press and SEACOM’s business and industry partners together to share in the announcement of several new network security offerings and insight into plans for the year ahead.

Network security front and centre

Among the major announcements made during Evolve, of note was the launch of SEACOM’s new security offerings. These solutions seek to protect our customers’ systems while also complementing their digital transformation efforts.

With so many enterprises moving to the cloud, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) consolidates several networking and security functions in the form of a single integrated cloud system, providing total optimisation, whilst ensuring secure remote and mobile access. 

Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) solution arms enterprises with real-time monitoring and analytical capabilities, letting them track and log security data for various purposes, including auditing and compliance procedures. SIEM serves as the eyes and ears of a network, capable of identifying abnormal behaviour and responding to it accordingly and timely.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are increasing at a staggering rate. Kenya has been amongst the top targets on the continent. In the past three months alone, the country has experienced 30,000 attacks with the Financial and Insurance, InfoTech and Public Sector industries being the top targets of these attacks. The volume, intensity and frequency of attacks have also increased. This year, Kenya experienced the highest volume of attacks on the African continent, reaching a record of 600 Gbps. Attacks in Kenya on average last between 10 – 60 minutes, which is above the continent and the global average of 5 – 10 minutes, and the longest attack lasting seven straight days.

Due to the impact and implications on businesses DDoS attacks are not commonly spoken about. SEACOM’s powerful DDoS solution is a custom-design solution that is helping businesses in Africa combat these ever-increasing attacks.

“Today, hybridity defines the workplace experience. With this way of working comes the need for new connections and the means for enterprises to support and, most importantly, secure their employees, infrastructure, and data. Solutions such as SASE allow us to consolidate the security tools clients are already using, bringing the multiple applications and mechanisms they use to protect their data and systems together into a single solution. With that process, we can achieve a significant reduction in both system complexity and cost,” explained Grant Morgan, Group Managing Director of SEACOM Business.

In addition to the all-new SASE and SIEM network security solutions, SEACOM Kenya will also be relaunching the company’s software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution in the region in 2023. The relaunch comes soon after SEACOM concluded its acquisition of EOH Network Solutions (EOH-NS), an acquisition that enables SEACOM to expand and continue to offer comprehensive ICT and enterprise connectivity solutions to its customers.

Constantly evolving

East Africa has undergone a radical transformation thanks to Internet connectivity via undersea cables. SEACOM’s product and service portfolio has led to real change on a technical and economic level, giving customers and enterprises the resources and connections they need to participate in a global digital ecosystem. The deployment of managed services adds a new layer to SEACOM’s impact, striving to close the skills gaps and positively contribute to the training of IT professionals.

“Security skills are the hardest to find within IT, and the best people are in demand. With the help of our partners, we can leverage those skills to not only deliver the best in managed services but also lay the foundation for localised expertise,” Morgan explained.

To help realise these goals and more, SEACOM is currently working on a multi-country acquisition that will be announced in 2023. Further details about this acquisition will be made available at a later date.

“As we head into 2023, we face a great challenge in terms of connectivity but also meeting enterprises’ technical, logistical, and economic requirements. We want to ask them: What is on the top of your mind? How can we help you with your digitalisation journey? These are the conversations that will inform our own journey and help spread SEACOM Kenya and the vital Internet services it offers across the region,” said Tejpal Badi, Managing Director of SEACOM East Africa.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who put in the time and effort to join us and share in our vision of what SEACOM Kenya will be in 2023. The support of our customers, business partners, and industry stakeholders have enabled us to take the next step in this journey and continue to position SEACOM as East Africa’s go-to provider for quality and reliable Internet and network service solutions,” Badi concluded.

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