Vodacom partners Cloudflare to protect firms from DDoS attacks

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Vodacom Business has partnered with Cloudflare to provide businesses with more secure and reliable online services, as the global cybercrime pandemic triggered by COVID-19 may be here to stay thereby making it critical for businesses to ensure they are protected.

Cybersecurity has become a major concern for organisations of all sizes as protecting devices, networks, client data and apps is an essential component of doing business in today’s digital world.

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020, says cyberattacks are ranked as the second risk of greatest concern for business globally over the next 10 years.

Cloudflare offers a diverse set of security, performance, and reliability products that use machine learning to provide actionable and timely insights that help secure and accelerate websites and other Internet properties.

The Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks which target websites and online services with the goal of overwhelming them with more traffic than the server or network can accommodate are becoming the most common type of attack.

This ultimately renders the website or service inoperable, leading to revenue loss, operational expenses and more importantly damage to a company’s brand.

With new attacks varying in size, duration and persistence, DDoS protection has become an essential part of every business and organization’s online presence. 

Commenting on the partnership, Kabelo Makwane, Managing Executive for Cloud, Hosting and Security at Vodacom Business said: “As a leading supplier of telecommunications, infrastructure and enterprise software in South Africa, Vodacom Business’s partnership with Cloudflare ensures that our customers have the best products and solutions available to protect them from today’s increasingly sophisticated online threats.”

Businesses around the globe have been migrating their operations online as digital transformation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) change the business landscape. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this migration with businesses increasing their online presence, moving to cloud hosting and employees working remotely. 

The partnership will allow Vodacom Business to offer DDoS protection and traffic acceleration for all network infrastructure — whether on-premise, cloud-hosted, or in a hybrid environment. Now more than ever, business networks need to remain secure, fast, and reliable. Cloudflare’s network offers the scale and performance that helps organisations deliver a superior application experience while keeping their environments secure. 

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