Dimension Data launches its first in-country hosted security platform

Dimension Data Namibia, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, launched its first in-country hosted security platform last week.
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, as well as incident response supported by a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) enabling end-users to pre-emptively respond to and prevent cyberattacks.
Speaking at the launch, Dimension Data Namibia Managing Director Annalize van der Merwe said that our current IT environments are constantly under threat. “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.”
She elaborated on ways to be more proactive in terms of security measures, including auditing existing systems; always being aware of your attack service; 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 for security inspiration and digital transformation. 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 of our security platform can offer the Namibian market.”
At the same event and speaking on behalf of MICT minister Peya Mushelenga, the ministry’s executive director Audrin Mathe, said that the platform is a significant leap forward in the realm of cybersecurity.
Complex undertaking
“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 also encourages businesses and organisations to invest in Namibia and collaborate with local companies.”
He added that this not only promotes economic growth but also contributes to job security across industries, including the ICT sector. “This innovative solution offers improved security by ensuring that sensitive data is stored and processed securely within our country’s borders. This reduces the risk of unauthorised access and data breaches, providing a safer digital environment for our 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,” Mathe said.
He added that the retention of skilled IT experts and professionals means that local talent is at the forefront of driving digital transformation in Namibia, which is not just inspiring, it is also a testament to the bright future.