Airtel Business partners with Cisco to secure internet for SMEs in Africa

Airtel Africa, a leader in telecommunications and mobile money services, present in 14 countries in Africa, announces that its enterprise division, Airtel Business, has entered into a new partnership with Cisco to provide secure Internet access to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa and support them in their digital transformation.

The partnership combines Airtel Africa’s fixed connectivity solutions with Cisco Umbrella, an out-of-the-box, cloud-based security solution. This association will make it possible to secure businesses’ online transactions. Initially, the solution will be available in Kenya, Uganda, Congo-Brazzaville and Madagascar before being deployed in the rest of Airtel Africa markets.

E-commerce in Africa is the fastest growing market. This growth has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has pushed SMEs and consumers to buy and sell online, making transactions without cash. As SMBs adopt these e-commerce platforms, they face an ever-evolving set of IT security threats: from surveillance and disruption of critical infrastructure to delays due to cyberattacks and malware, hence the need to protect them, SMEs and their customers.

“Internet penetration is increasing across Africa, systems are increasingly connected as digital transformation drives the growth of organizations. Through our partnership with Cisco, we are helping SMEs and entrepreneurs across Africa achieve their end-to-end digital presence and have a secure and reliable internet to protect them from outside attacks. ” commented Luc Serviant, Group Business Director, Airtel Business of Airtel Africa

Cisco Umbrella is a unified security management service that simplifies the monitoring and management of threats and alerts. Umbrella helps reduce the number of infections, reducing problem resolution time and downtime resulting in cost savings. Umbrella provides DNS layer security, web gateway security, cloud-based firewall (CDFW), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) solution and interactive threat intelligence service provided by Talos, the world’s largest private threat intelligence agency. All of these services can be consumed through the cloud, providing a Secure Access Secure Edge (SASE) type architecture that can also continuously secure SDWAN deployments.

For the manager of a small business feeling overwhelmed by the idea of ​​having to manage a complex cybersecurity protection system in addition to running his business, but aware of the need to upgrade his security system, Cisco Umbrella is the solution allowing him to overcome this problem and improve the cybersecurity of his company.

Vikas Sharma, Customer Partner at Cisco said: “We are delighted to partner with Airtel Africa to deliver this fast-to-deploy, flexible and efficient security solution to businesses on the continent. It brings together several security functions allowing companies to protect equipment, remote users and sites wherever they are located. It is the solution that African SMEs need as they embark on their digital transformation process. “.

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