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Top Kenyan hotel adds security layer

Kenya , 20 May 2015

Top Kenyan hotel adds security layer

One of Kenya's top hotels, the InterContinental Hotel is hoping customers will rest easier knowing the venue has deployed the Kaspersky Lab security platform for data protection.

It was announced that the Kenyan hotel has deployed software security company, Kaspersky Lab's Endpoint Security for Business to allow staff to spot vulnerabilities and stop them before there is a breach.

According to a statement the solution can secure 200 workstations, 15 servers, 2 networks and other devices simultaneously.

"We have noticed over the years how vulnerable hotels are to cybercriminals," Bethwel Opil, channel sales manager for Kaspersky Lab, East Africa told ITWeb Africa.

Opil noted the Darkhotel espionage where hackers compromised Wi-Fi networks in luxurious hotels globally and stole sensitive data from unsuspecting users in 2014.

"In light of growing cyberthreats, hotels, who oversee the storing and transmission of confidential documents and email, and manages credit card payments, need to ensure that they have the right protection of processes and business data in place to protect both their business and their customers from cybercriminals," said Opil.

Anthony Njogu, the IT manager at InterContinental Hotel said that the new protection layer will ensure customers' data is safe.

"The hotel can now monitor and track where attacks are coming from and take the necessary steps remotely to protect its network rather than manually dealing with every device or machine.

"Folders and files are now encrypted to keep confidential business information safe and we are now looking closely at rolling out mobile security and mobile device management," Njogu said.

According to Kaspersky, while there is great risk in this region, the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi was not attacked at all by the Dark Hotel, but rather is an example of a worldwide threat that targeted hotels globally.

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