MTN Business has today launched MTN Managed Security as a service solution for its enterprise customers in Kenya. The product, according to MTN aims to supplement XaaS offerings by bringing peace of mind to the customers.

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The announcement follows a recent Communications Authority of Kenya’s quarterly sector statistics reports highlighting increased cases of cyber threats.

“One of the main headaches today for IT security teams is keeping up with the ever-increasing cyber threats and the rise in its sophistication. We have unveiled the MTN Managed Security because breaches are on the rise and organizations are looking for more automated, evergreen threat detection and remediation that is neither complicated nor involves heavy capital investments,” noted John Muraya, Senior Manager, Solutions Architect at MTN Business Kenya.

MTN becomes the first fully certified Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) in Kenya with this launch.

The service also gives businesses large or small the option to secure their IT systems on a fully managed pay as you go model through a  flexible payment model.

Some of the services that enterprises can leverage on the MTN MSSP include Clean Pipe, Cybersecurity threat assessment, security analytics and monitoring, managed firewall, secure SDWAN and endpoint security.

“IT security has outgrown in-house teams and the future of survival belongs to the bold enterprises that will partner with MSSPs to secure their enterprises because while your teams take some rest every evening, aggressors are wide awake attempting attacks on your network from every angle, “commented Duncan Omani, a Network Engineer in charge of security at MTN.

Cybersecurity continues to be a concern for most businesses across different sectors. Accenture, notes that ‘the average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million; the average cost in time of a malware attack is 50 days and the most expensive component of a cyber-attack is information loss, which represents 43 percent of costs.’

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