MainOne, West Africa’s connectivity and data centre provider, says it has launched a counter cyber-attacks service in Lagos for Nigerian businesses to check Internet attacks.
MainOne says the service has become necessary as more businesses go online to help them address various kind of cyber security issues on the global Internet landscape.
The company says the new service that was recently developed in partnership with Radware, a global cyber-security provider, is targeted at a variant of cyber-attack called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) known to render online service unavailable with overwhelming Internet traffic.
The newly-launched DDoS attack solution is hosted locally at MDXi, MainOne Company in Lagos which is a Tier III data center in West Africa, built to help meet the rapidly growing demand for colocation, the company says in a statement.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Chidinma Iwe, MainOne’s Chief Information Security Officer, who spoke during the launch, says that cybercrime attacks in Nigeria has been estimated to cost the country about N127 billion annually and at the global level, the cost of cybercrime attacks is pegged at $400 billion annually. [/quote]According to MainOne, other services supported by the anti-cyber attack include Managed Hosting and Cloud services within the region with its MDXi that houses the DDOS solution able to detect and mitigate all types of network and application attacks.
Chidinma Iwe, MainOne’s Chief Information Security Officer, who spoke during the launch, says that cybercrime attacks in Nigeria has been estimated to cost the country about N127 billion annually and at the global level, the cost of cybercrime attacks is pegged at $400billion annually.
The new solution is specifically designed to improve organisations’ ability to effectively mitigate losses and operational disruption by cyber-attacks, Iwe says urging financial institutions, eCommerce, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, and other enterprises to safeguard their networks and online assets against cyber-attacks.
Quoting the Akamai 2015 State of the Internet Security Report, Iwe says that the number of enterprise-targeted Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks doubled between 2014 and 2015.
“Africa has experienced an unprecedented increase in sophisticated DDOS attacks, and as the DDoS landscape continues to evolve, with stronger, more sophisticated attack methods, enterprises need to not only proactively protect themselves but also provide a scalable means of remediation”, Iwe says.
“Our response to this challenge is our DDoS protection service, which provides a managed, always-on collection, detection and mitigation of complex DDoS attacks to support business operations of our customers. It is a scalable and reliable solution that protects your business and keeps your operations online during a DDoS attack by scrubbing data to your network to ensure zero disruption of network services”, Iwe added.
Tayo Ashiru, MainOne’s Senior Marketing Manager, who also spoke during the launch said, “One strong benefit of this solution is that Nigerian businesses can deploy this solution with zero lead time and without capital expenditure and foreign exchange.”
Tomer Erez, Radware’s Director of Sales, Africa, also stressed the need for enterprise customers to proactively defend themselves against online threats saying, “The increase in frequency of DDoS attacks provides an opportunity for providers such as MainOne to mitigate attacks that can disrupt their customer’s networks. This Managed DDoS solution with MainOne protects businesses in West Africa with premium-grade cyber security protection.”