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Liquid launches Africa’s first centre against cyberattacks

Kaspersky: Complex cyberattacks should make fraud prevention a focal point to control fraud transactions, eventually reduce fraud risk in the future and avoid reputation damage. Photo: Supplied/Ventureburn
Complex cyberattacks should make fraud prevention a focal point to control fraud transactions, eventually reduce fraud risk in the future and avoid reputation damage. Photo: Supplied/Ventureburn

Based in Johannesburg, African businesses and governments now have access to the first of a matrix of Cyber Security Fusion centres aimed at managing the ever-growing threat of cyberattacks.

Liquid Cyber Security, a business of Cassava Technologies, opened its first Fusion centre in South Africa yesterday. The centre will provide threat intelligence and bring together the existing Liquid Cloud Operations and Liquid Network operation centres, ensuring full support across cyber security, cloud and networks for end-to-end security.

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Also, the centre will enhance threat visibility leading to deeper collaboration across teams and increased cyber resiliency. Through the combined offering of the security advisory, managed service, and integrated cyber intelligence, enterprises will now be able to stay ahead of cyberattacks.

David Behr, chief executive of Liquid Cloud and Cyber Security. Photo: Supplied/Ventureburn

“Our pan-African Cyber Security Fusion Centres will, when fully operational, leverage our ability to track and predict threats across the continent and will be enhanced by the capability of our international partners like Microsoft, ITC Secure and Xcitium,” said David Behr, chief executive of Liquid Cloud and Cyber Security.

“The alarming rate of cyberattacks led us to launch Liquid Cyber Security in 2020, and today we are elevating the offering for our customers by launching the first Fusion Centre. As a result, we will ensure our South African customers have access to world-leading cyber security services, enabling them to mitigate potential threats timeously.

“Most importantly, customers can focus on their critical business needs while we manage their cyber security requirements 24/7/365 with the most cost-efficient and effective approach.”

There has been a rapid acceleration in the adoption of digital technologies globally, and South Africa is no different. However, the nature of work and how businesses operate constantly evolves, and so has the scale of cyber threats.

In fact, according to an Interpol report, South Africa had 230 million threats detected in 2021, highlighting a dark side to this rapid digital transformation. Malicious actors have more avenues for attacking businesses through brute force or human error.

Following a phased approach, South African enterprises will benefit from new services that leverage Microsoft Defender and Microsoft Sentinel – all delivered and monitored on a day-and-night basis.

In addition, Liquid Cyber Security has partnered with Xcitium (previously Comodo Security Solutions) to offer solutions designed explicitly for small and medium businesses requiring Security Operation Centre (SOC) services without investing in highly skilled resources or Enterprise SOC services they cannot afford.

The launch of the Fusion centre is described as a testament to the organisation’s investment in the country to bring world-class services to local businesses.

“One of the most significant advantages of the Liquid Cyber Security Fusion Centre is the improvement in the time it would take for the organisation to detect and respond to threats faster and smarter. As a result, Liquid can now assist its customers in real-time and enable them to be proactive rather than reactive, as well as effectively handle the situation, especially in today’s complex threat landscape,” concluded Behr.

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