Beefed up cybersecurity, privacy for Vodacom customers

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Vodacom has strengthened its cybersecurity through a partnership with BlackFog Inc.

South Africa – Vodacom Business has partnered with BlackFog, Inc. to provide cybersecurity and privacy solutions to more than 43 million Vodacom customers.

Citing 2017 research which found that over 95% of African businesses are operating below what is known as the “cyber-security poverty line”, the network said Africa was becoming a target for cyber-criminals.

In a statement issued on 16 May 2019, Vodacom said it hoped through the partnership to ensure that its customers have, “the best of breed solution available to protect them from today’s increasingly sophisticated online threats”.

BlackFog provides on-device data privacy and fileless cybersecurity. Fileless attacks, also known as zero-footprint or non-malware attacks are estimated to make up 77% of cyber-attacks. As they don’t install new software on a user’s computer, they’re more likely to pass under the radar of antivirus tools.

Vodacom Executive Head for Cyber Security, Sunjay Ramessur said: “BlackFog’s unique approach to cybersecurity and data loss using outbound data protection was an important part of the decision process. We are excited to offer this solution to our customers.”

He said BlackFog consists of 12 layers of defense against ransomware, spyware, malware, phishing and unauthorized data collection and profiling.

Darren Williams, CEO of BlackFog said the data privacy and cybersecurity protection would apply to Vodacom customers across all mobile and desktop platforms.

“Today’s cyber-attacks are more sophisticated than ever, and we know that hackers will always find a way into the network. Whereas most solutions focus on trying to stop an attacker from getting in or after they have already done damage, we focus on prevention.

“By preventing data loss, data profiling and data collection, we can detect attacks in real-time, stopping threats and preventing them from stealing data,” Williams said. –