Nigerian companies join Arbor Advantage Partner Program, strengthen fight against DDOS attacks in East and West Africa

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Leading value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has announced that amid increasing reports of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, two new Nigerian-based companies have joined the Arbor Advantage Partner Program to provide East and West African companies with leading security solutions by Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT (NASDAQ: NTCT).

Networks Unlimited will distribute the Arbor's Peakflow, Pravail and Cloud solutions to Business Connexion ICT Services, one of the largest ICT services providers in Africa, and SMSAM Systems, a leading provider of advanced enterprise IT security solutions to many of Africa's largest financial services companies, who together service 16 countries within East and West Africa.

According to Bryan Hamman, territory manager for sub-Saharan Africa at Arbor Networks, the impact of a DDOS attack is not the same for every organisation. "If you operate a global network, or one in which Web and application availability is a necessity for your employees, customers and supply chain partners, Arbor Cloud is your solution. With DDOS protection from Arbor Cloud and the Pravail Availability Protection System, enterprises can deploy best practices defence in a single solution, with tightly integrated mitigation from the enterprise premises to the cloud," he says.

Arbor Cloud's hybrid defence protects enterprises against a wide spectrum of DDOS attacks, including volumetric, application-layer, state-exhaustion (such as targeting firewall/IPS), blended and multi-vector DDOS attacks. The ease of use of the on-premises Pravail solution enables existing enterprise IT staff to maintain control of the mitigation, and gives them the ability to quickly alert the cloud when attacks reach a certain size that cannot be blocked locally.

In addition, the Peakflow solution integrates network-wide intelligence and anomaly detection with carrier-class threat management to help identify and stop network and application-layer DDOS attacks.

"Arbor Networks has more experience than anyone on the planet in fighting DDOS attacks for complex and demanding networks, and now West African companies can protect themselves from looming cyber threats," adds Hamman.

Business Connexion ICT Services assists companies in Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'lvoire, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo. SMSAM Systems services companies in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Currently, Networks Unlimited distributes Arbor Networks' solutions in 18 African countries.

"We're leveraging on the massive experience of Arbor Networks in the space of DDOS prevention and mitigation to help our customers to be more proactive at securing not just their perimeter, but their investment, thereby achieving actionable return on security investment," comments Sunday McDisckson Samuel, CEO at SMSAM Systems.

"Business Connexion is excited to partner with Arbor Networks in Nigeria and Africa as a whole," adds Chika Acha, chief solutions architect at Business Connexion ICT Services.

Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks helps secure the world's largest enterprise and service provider networks from DDOS attacks and advanced threats. Arbor is the world's leading provider of DDOS protection in the enterprise, carrier and mobile market segments, according to Infonetics Research. Arbor's advanced threat solutions deliver complete network visibility through a combination of packet capture and NetFlow technology, enabling the rapid detection and mitigation of malware and malicious insiders. Arbor also delivers market-leading analytics for dynamic incident response, historical analysis, visualisation and forensics. Arbor strives to be a "force multiplier", making network and security teams the experts. Its goal is to provide a richer picture into networks and more security context - so customers can solve problems faster and reduce the risk to their business.

To learn more about Arbor products and services, please visit its Web site at Arbor's research, analysis and insight, together with data from the ATLAS global threat intelligence system, can be found at the ATLAS Threat Portal.

Networks Unlimited

Networks Unlimited is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Arbor Networks, Arista, Aruba Networks, CensorNet, Centrify, Fortinet, F5, ProLabs, Riverbed, RSA, SimpliVity and Tintri. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, WiFi, mobile and networking security, load balancing, data centre in a box, and storage for virtual machines.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the sub-Saharan Africa market.

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