ESET to assist SMEs tackle cyber security concerns

By Vincent Lemuwa   |   24 February 2017   |   3:13 am  


Saddened by the inability of small and medium enterprises to deploy and retain cyber security solutions’ subscriptions, largely due to the financial and economic downturn being witnessed in the country, ESET has launched a campaign that will bring succour to decision makers of affected businesses and users.

Mr. Olufemi Ake, country manager, ESET, Nigeria and Ghana, disclosed that recent market intelligence findings show that the majority of businesses in Nigeria are less secure from cyber security threats and that an average of 12% of already IT secured Organizations in Nigeria hardly renewed their security solutions between January 2015 and December 2016.

About 80% of the unreturned blamed the situation on the economy as funds are generally being diverted to keep the company afloat with payment of salaries and day-to-day running cost.

This is also attributed to the surge in the price of IT security solutions primarily as a result of the exchange rates instability and hike between 2014 and to date.

ESET – being an IT Security Company dedicated to developing high-performing security solutions for home users and corporate customers, detecting and disabling all known and emerging forms of threats globally – is highly concerned about this trend.

“Our improved cloud-powered scanning and file reputation in the Endpoint Security Suite is such an immense value for money to businesses as this feature speeds up system scans and keeps false positives to an absolute minimum, while preserving confidentiality of Organisations’ data and assets.

“It is desirable in today’s business environment to have solutions that guarantee anti-ransomware which also prevents Organisations from losing money to ransom attackers, 24/7 support service remotely and on-site, real-time reporting with pro-active protection, low system demand, which in summary boosts return on investments,” said Mr Ake.

Meanwhile, a recent report released by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) indicates that out of the 2,175 Nigerian websites hacked in 2015, 585 were government owned, whereas out of about 97 million internet users (during the period) in Nigeria, 14% suffer cyber-attacks. In December 2015, Nigeria was the 17th most cyber-attacked nation in the world based on threat intelligence report. This also reiterates the need for companies to be proactive with cyber security at every point in time.

To this end, Mr Ake said, “ESET is determined to support Organisations and the government to help reduce this alarming losses to cyber criminals. We are open offer exciting discounts and free subscription of up to ‘One Full Year’ if licenses are bought new or renewed with us. This we believe would encourage both existing and interested users from government agencies, small or large business enterprises, schools, hospitals, manufacturing amongst others to highly prioritise IT Security as it would go a long way to eliminate issues from cyber security attacks hence keeping the company data and assets safe at extremely low cost with high return on investment (RoI).

“As a security company, we must support our clients to mitigate the effects from these tough times currently being experienced by businesses”, Mr. Ake said, and “ESET will be more than happy to have Organisations enjoy safer technology through this recession and beyond with the campaign as a proactive measure to encourage businesses secure their assets and in turn curb cybercrime currently crippling businesses today”.

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