Dimension Data Namibia launched its first in-country hosted security platform on 21 September 2023. As a milestone for digital innovation nationally, this security platform features innovative measures to curb, maintain and manage cybersecurity events and intrusions in combination with physical firewalls, network security, threat detection and prevention. The platform also incorporates incident response supported by a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) enabling end-users to pre-emptively respond to and prevent cyberattacks.
Dimension Data is a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group.
Speaking at the launch event, Annalize van Der Merwe, Dimension Data Namibia managing director, shared: “Our current IT environments are constantly under threat and, being concerned by these ever-present potential attackers, IT departments continuously need to assess how they can mitigate these threats. While we cannot predict the future, we can, however, become resilient in the face of these mounting uncertainties.”
Van der Merwe elaborated on ways to be more proactive in terms of security measures, including auditing existing systems; always being aware of attack services; having the right team or managed service provider in place; always being able to detect threats and having an appropriate response plan in place, all leading to the introduction of the company’s new platform.
“We believe information technology can be your vehicle to security inspiration and digital transformation and the platform we are sharing with you today will enable you to do just that…We are excited about the capabilities, service, expertise and scalability our security platform can offer the Namibian market,” said Van der Merwe.
Delivering the keynote address at the event on behalf of information and communication technology minister, Peya Mushelenga, was executive director in the ministry, Audrin Mathe, who shared that the introduction of the security platform is a significant leap forward in the realm of cybersecurity.
“The implementation of this in-country hosted security platform is a complex undertaking. Still, it will fuel renewed trust in our ability as a country to support such ICT security platforms. It demonstrates our commitment to protecting sensitive data and fosters innovation in our digital space. It encourages businesses and organisations to invest in Namibia and collaborate with local companies. This not only promotes economic growth but also contributes to job security across various industries, including the ICT sector.”
This cyber solution offers improved security by ensuring sensitive data is stored and processed securely within the country’s borders. This reduces the risk of unauthorised access and data breaches, providing a safer digital environment for Namibian citizens and businesses.
“The digital transformation of our nation requires a holistic approach. We must invest in cutting-edge technologies, cultivate a skilled workforce and promote a culture of cybersecurity awareness. By nurturing a robust and secure digital environment, we can unleash the full potential of our people, business and government to drive sustainable development and economic prosperity. The retention of skilled IT experts and professionals means that our local talent is at the forefront of driving digital transformation right here in Namibia. This is not just inspiring. It is a testament to the bright future we envision for our nation,” Mushelenga added.
The ICT minister also emphasised that the digital transformation benefits are immeasurable, especially for a country like Namibia that is committed to promoting innovation and growth in its digital sectors.
“ICT’s importance to economic development and business growth has been so monumental that it is credited with ushering in what many have labelled the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Mushelenga.