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Liquid Intelligent Technologies tackles cybersecurity attacks and urges stakeholders to remain vigilant

The Chronicle

Trade correspondent

AS the world marks Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, tech giant Liquid Intelligent Technologies has called on local businesses to put cybersecurity at the heart of their business operations amid rising cyberattacks in Zimbabwe and in the world.

Speaking at the launch of its latest cybersecurity solution, DDoS Secure, in Harare yesterday, Mr. Abraham Makamba, Head of Managed Service at Liquid Intelligent Technologies Zimbabwe, said that everyone, whether businesses or individuals who use the Internet, is at risk of cyber – attacks, which come in many forms.

Cybersecurity research conducted in four countries including Zimbabwe by Liquid last year showed that African countries are increasingly exposed to cyberattacks at a time when their knowledge and investment in cybersecurity is still at a premium. dragged.

Last year, there was a noticeable increase in cyberattacks and hacks against Zimbabwean businesses. This was particularly prevalent during the lockdown period, when many people had to work from home and there was a marked increase in online models of doing business, including financial transactions.

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are cyberattacks used against businesses large and small, causing massive damage to revenue and reputation, with findings from Liquid Intelligent Technologies showing that cybercriminals have launched more than nine million attacks. DDoS attacks last year alone, with an estimated 4.4 million occurring in the second half of 2021.

With DDoS attacks, cybercriminals can flood a server with internet traffic to prevent users from accessing connected online services and sites, resulting in delays and congestion leading to frustrated customers and loss of revenue and reputation from the share of companies.

Mr. Makamba said that with the DDoS secure solution, organizations can protect corporate networks in the event of such attacks, adding that the solution is designed to protect networks and domains long before an attack occurs. and that there is also upstream protection and room to clean up a network.

“Besides the peace of mind this brings, businesses can get attack reports, clean up their traffic, locate their network protection, and also protect their reputation,” he said.

“What we’re saying is that companies should be able to focus on their core business and not worry about these issues, and that’s why cybersecurity should be at the core of all business strategies.”

Contrary to popular belief that cybersecurity is only for certain companies or people, Mr. Makamba said that with the advent of smart phones and online business models, almost everyone is at risk of cyberattacks as they spends a lot of time online. and called on Zimbabweans to be more proactive and smarter when online.

“Anyone who connects to a network for connectivity is at risk of attack, how many times do you come to a place and quickly ask for the WIFI password to connect, when that network is attacked you are also at risk,” he said. said.

“Honestly, everyone has been attacked in one way or another. It’s just that the attacks are different and sometimes people don’t realize they’ve been attacked.

“It’s important to know what to look out for when you’re online and to proactively monitor yourself. Sometimes an attack just slows you down, sometimes data can be stolen, sometimes an app you’re using might just crash causing loss and convenience and you might not realize it, but these are actually attacks that happen in cyberspaces and we need to be aware.”

Educational institutions, government departments, private sector companies and non-profit sector organizations were among those present at the launch.