Kaspersky Lab opens its regional office in Kenya Peter Nalika
Kaspersky Lab, a privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions, officially opened its regional branch in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of this new office is to provide operational management, brand promotion and sales support for Kaspersky Lab partners in the East African region – a market territory that is a critical component of Kaspersky Lab’s roadmap.
In line with this new regional office, Bethwel Opil has been appointed in the role of Channel Sales Manager for East Africa, where he will be responsible for 5 East-African countries as well as heading up this new branch in Kenya directly. Says Vasily Dyagilev, Managing Director of Kaspersky Lab Emerging Markets; “Bethwel has over 10 years of experience in managing distributions channels in IT and telecommunications companies and the experience he brings in will certainly help cement our offering in the East African region. Bethwel will be based in Nairobi and will provide a central contact for our customers and partners in this region, where we have no doubt that he will add tremendous value.”
Adds Bethwel Opil; “Having a passion for IT security and understanding the benefits it can bring to the consumer and corporate sector in Kenya and the region as a whole, I am pleased to be able to take up this role for Kaspersky Lab – a highly reputable brand within the IT security industry.”
The Kenyan market is one that Kaspersky Lab has been watching closely, as the region has continued to develop from an infrastructure point of view. In fact, Internet usage in Kenya has grown rapidly over the last few years, which has been due to the increased use and demand of mobile devices, as the country embraces the mobile trend. According to a recent Internet usage report from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), there were an estimated 17.38 million Internet users in Kenya in December 2011. This represents a 95.63% increase from 8.8 million users reported in 2010.
Continues Opil; “As broadband infrastructure in the region continues to evolve, the opportunity for cyber criminal activity increases. As more people move towards a digital way of life, cyber criminals see the opportunity to exploit this for their own gain. It is for this very reason that we are passionate about creating awareness of IT security in the region, as well as being able to offer appropriate solutions to this market.”
According to KSN statistics for the third quarter of 2012, Kenya is among the countries where users run the most serious risk of infection via the Internet. In order to assess a user’s infection risk in any given country, Kaspersky Lab calculate the frequency of web antivirus detections in different countries throughout the quarter. The countries are broken down into different risk groups - high risk, moderate risk and low risk. Kenya falls in the moderate risk category with 25.1%, placing them at number 88 of all the countries for serious risks of infection via the Internet. In terms of local infections in Kenya, Kaspersky Lab products detected malicious programmes on 49 out of every 100 computers – certainly a worrying statistic!
Concludes Opil; “It is evident from the above that cybercrime is rife in the country. At Kaspersky Lab, we are passionate about our presence in Africa and through our local presence in Kenya, look forward to the impact that we can have on combating cybercrime in the region. We are certain that we are positioned to do great things for both business and individual customers based in this region now and in the years ahead.”