Cyber security consultancy firm Serianu has set its sights on the fast-emerging Mauritian information security industry in a bid to extends its cyber security research and training program. The drive to grow its footprint in Mauritius is as a result of the island nation’s government initiatives to boost the overall safety of its public information and networks.
Serianu Managing Director William Makatiani said that in setting up a cyber-immersion center in Mauritius, the firm will be responding to an overall strong need across the African continent for preservation of public information and safeguarding integrity of the ICT networks.
Mauritius, he noted, is a strategic location for the firm due its established ICT policy frameworks, language variety and close proximity to the southern part of Africa.
“Our cyber security command and immersion center in Nairobi has shown that there is pent up demand for these training, research and network testing services for both private and public organizations across the continent, driven largely by a growing appreciation of the need for higher investment in information and network protection.”
William Makatiani, Managing Director, Serianu.
“Our cyber security command and immersion center in Nairobi has shown that there is pent up demand for these training, research and network testing services for both private and public organizations across the continent, driven largely by a growing appreciation of the need for higher investment in information and network protection,” said Makatiani.
He made the announcement during a courtesy call by the Mauritius Minister for Technology, Communication and Innovation Honorable Yogida Sawmynaden to the Nairobi based Serianu Cyber Immersion Center. The Minister was accompanied by Dr Kaleem Usmani, Head of the Mauritian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Serianu’s facility, the first of its kind in Africa was set up last year for cyber security practitioners in Africa to hone their skills and ramp up their cyber-attack preparedness.
The center mirrors those existing in Europe, the US and Asia, and is designed to meet a huge demand for such a specialized facility that provides professionals with a modern, technical environment to test individual and organizational cyber threat resilience, train cyber security professionals and deliver locally designed courses based on relevant case studies.
Hon. Sawmynaden pointed out the need for collaboration across the region on cyber security issues and explained that Mauritius had identified partnerships with like-minded innovative organizations as a strategic direction to build its internal capability to address a growing need for cyber security expertise. The country has already inked a deal with the Ghanaian government to set up the Telma ICT Park in Accra as it rolls out a USD 200 million-dollar investment program for west Africa.
“Our country’s economic vision for the year 2030 aims to transform the local ICT industry into a key sector that fosters creativity and innovation while at the same time engendering a spirit of technology entrepreneurship,” he said and added that a local cyber immersion facility is expected to further enhance the capabilities of the existing ecosystem.
Serianu will work closely with their public and private Mauritian partners in setting up the cyber immersion facility expected to be designed according to the standards of the one operational in Kenya.
Mr. Usmani highlighted the need for collaboration amongst the different players on the continent to ensure continued growth of the cyber security industry.
Complement the Government
Coming in the wake of the just concluded Africa Cyber Defense Summit held in Nairobi, Makatiani posited that setting up a cyber-immersion center in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis will complement the government’s ICT investment programs. He noted that Kenya’s hosting of the cyber security conference was testimony to the rising degree of importance attached to matter cyber security by African governments.
Serianu has highlighted the extent to which public and private organizations are registering financial and data losses due to cyber-crime, with its latest Africa Cyber Security Report showing that the figures amounted to Kshs 100 billion amidst a serious deficiency of well trained professionals and appropriate work tools.