Layer3 Partners Global Security Firm to Curb Cyber Threats


Emma Okonji

Layer3 network and security solutions provider, will be working with Arbor Networks, a global security firm, as its channel partner to secure the most demanding and complex networks in West Africa from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and advanced threats.
The development becomes important for the Information Technology (IT) industry and businesses in Nigeria, considering the significant growth in the amount of DDoS attacks and cyber security breaches that occur on a daily basis.

Last year, 20 per cent of organisations globally reported attacks of various magnitudes. The Akamai State of Security report states that there has been a 148.55 per cent increase in total DDoS attacks between the last quarter in 2015 and 2014. Additionally, in the last quarter of 2014 there was a 90 per cent increase in total DDoS attacks compared to the last quarter of 2013. The trend shows a rapid increase in attacks due to the increase in complexity of the attacks.

The case is not any different in Nigeria especially with large organisations, service providers and data centers hosting web servers and other critical assets.

Recent reports of some local banks being hit by DDoS attacks further reinforces the need for more pro-active solutions that would help address this problem and protect customer’s assets.

Commenting on the partnership, Oyaje Idoko, Chief Executive Officer of Layer3 said: “As a specialist integrator of next-generation network and security solutions, we are always looking for ways to keep our customers out of the security breach headlines by providing them with the threat prevention solution, visibility and reporting they need to achieve faster resolutions across their nation and even global networks.”

“Our detect, resolve and protect approach to security gives our customers greater control over applications, devices and users and keeps them up to date with all the scenarios they’ve managed to avoid,” he added.
Territory Manager sub-Saharan Africa for Arbor Networks, Bryan Hamman, said: “The company distinguishes itself through its strong focus on innovation, network security and quality. Arbor also vigorously dedicates itself to these aspects, and is therefore eminently positioned to bring these solutions to the market. We are looking forward to a successful and fruitful collaboration with Layer3 as our new partner.”

A combination of Layer3’s knowledge of world-class technology solutions, in addition to their partnership with Arbor Networks will enable them to design, implement and support their clients’ security transformation ambition and reduce cybercrime in the country, Hamman said.