Telecom giants are all geared up to fight against digital crime

Digital crimes have been rising since the dawn of technology. It neither spares companies nor the consumer. The smartphone manufacturers and telecom giants made it a primary concern to give importance to data protection.

A cyber-attack can happen to anyone including telecom operators, whose marketing speeches claim to secure data transmissions. Jean-Michel Huet, a partner at Bearing Point said: “For companies and individuals alike, operators have become real trusted players, as were banked at one time”. Although in Nigeria, 37% of mobile phone users became a victim of attacks in the previous year.

How Westerns deal with the situation?

The French company has paved the way for the development of internal knowledge while other competitors didn’t think of it. From the past few months, Vodacom has also been offering solutions to fight against cybercrime. To do so, the African branch also went for the joint venture with BlackFog. The same method was used by In and Palo Alto Networks.

Jean-Michel Huet of Bearing Point also said that“Western operators are one step ahead of the continent, as their business customers have been demanding security services for decades. African or Middle Eastern players, such as MTN or Etisalat, are less well-positioned in this niche, particularly because they are more oriented towards a mainstream audience” and he also added about the telecom operators that, “They are legitimate, they have their place, but they are not the main players”.

Consumers are under a huge risk as compared to the businesses

James G. Claude, managing director of Global Voice Group mentioned that “The services of European operators are based on what they have already done in their home countries and do not take into account the African context, where mobile is the first medium used”.

In fact, cybersecurity solutions sold by a telecom operator are mainly used to fulfill the criteria of international standards or to establish a joint venture between two structures: African and international. Nicolas Arpagian, the director of Orange Cyberdefense’s strategic and public affairs says, “A pirate is opportunistic. African companies can be seen as a gateway via the information systems of their international customers”.

Koné also mentions that “The subject of cyber-security has not been addressed in a majority of countries. However, international groups active in the digital world bring with them European or US standards, which do not correspond to African environments. We must avoid fraud, the law of the jungle, but also digital colonization”. He also puts his focus on defense more vigorously, through regulation, the interests of African companies and consumers. This he does by boosting the various digital to spend more in cyber-security which is the need of the local consumers.

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