By Abdelilah Nejjari, GM for Cisco Maghreb region
The rise of technology has presented new challenges for Morocco and Africa as a whole. One such risk that requires direct attention and action is cybercrime. Cybersecurity experts predict that 80% of Africa’s PC’s are infected by viruses and malicious software.
“At Cisco, we believe there are two types of organisations - those that have been attacked and know that they are attacked, and those that have been attacked and do not know it,” says Abdelilah Nejjari, GM for Cisco in the Maghreb region.
“The most popular of these cybercrimes in our region is phishing and instances of malware attacks. This is especially concerning considering that 67% of traffic was generated by PCs in 2015 and this amount will increase to 21% by 2020,” he adds.
Cisco’s Virtual Networking Index (VNI) predicts that Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa in 2020 will be equivalent to 527x the volume of the entire Internet that was in the region in 2005. In addition, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Cisco’s global partner in skills development through the Cisco Networking Academy, states that the global share of e-commerce for the Middle East and Africa is expected to rise to 2.3% this year, an increase from 1.6% market share in 2011.
“This is why Cisco’s new end-to-end AMP security services and cloud-based security solution built with Cisco’s threat-centric security architecture has been developed to assist our customers to prevent, fight and recover from cybercrimes. From the network to the endpoint to the cloud, Cisco’s architectural approach detects more threats and helps customers on average reduce their time to detection to less than 17 hours – much faster than industry standard of 100 days.”
“Our customers are finding that they need a more integrated approach to security, and Cisco provides them with a threat-centric security architecture that is much more effective in a digital world,” Nejjari concludes.
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