NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC., a provider of security, service assurance, and business analytics, and Africa’s broadband internet provider SEACOM, have announced a strategic alliance to provide managed DDoS and security services to enterprise customers throughout Kenya and South Africa, as well as to wholesale customers utilizing SEACOM’s subsea and terrestrial networks.
With global DDoS attacks hitting more than 5.4 million in the first half of 2021, an 11% increase over the same period in 2020, the need to protect IT infrastructure has never been more acute. Research from Korn Ferry also points to a worldwide shortage of more than 4.3 million technology workers by 2030. As a result, more than ever in the past, the risk associated with protecting networks and data from DDoS cyberattacks has never been greater.
Coupled with the unprecedented remote work challenges from the global pandemic and increased government and organizational cybersecurity policies, more enterprises are turning to solutions offered by managed security solution providers (MSSPs.) According to research from Modor Intelligence, the African managed services market will grow at 8.2% CAGR from 2021 through 2026.
“With DDoS and other malware attacks growing in sophistication, having the right threat intelligence and mitigation services in place is more important than ever,” stated Steve Briggs, CSMO, SEACOM. “Our strategic initiative with NETSCOUT provides our customers with a complete security solution delivered through a next-generation firewall. Backed by a team of threat intelligence experts, it also offers the flexibility to adapt to our customers’ existing contact and communications protocols while delivering reports that demonstrate ROI and key metrics for the C-suite.”
SEACOM’s managed DDoS solution is based on NETSCOUT’s Arbor Sightline with Sentinel and Threat Management System, which deliver next-generation DDoS visibility and protection, providing SEACOM and its customers with state-of-the-art protection against DDoS attacks. Additionally, SEACOM’s service applies surgical mitigation to remove the malicious traffic and allow just the legitimate traffic to pass through, protecting the networks and ensuring their customers’ businesses continuity and online presence.
“We value our relationship with SEACOM as they offer reliable and cost-effective internet and voice services to their customers,” stated Tony King, SVP, international sales, NETSCOUT. “With the addition of our latest technology, SEACOM can offer a broader range of cybersecurity solutions to protect businesses from DDoS attacks. We are helping to bring those customers greater peace of mind and a competitive advantage that ensures business continuity.”