Eastern Cape Government Dept. Opts for Next-Gen Security Platform

Wednesday 24th April, 2019

Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) select KHIPU Networks as their Cyber Security Partner

The Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) have selected KHIPU Networks to assist in mitigating the threat of ever-growing cybercrime by green lighting a site-wide Next-Generation security platform.

‘We started out the project trying to gain more visibility into the applications that are in use across our department whilst also trying to be mindful of the risks that modern day cyber-attacks pose. We needed an approach that would be able to scale across our entire environment and, at the same time, give us the type of granular control that would protect our data as well  as our users.’

Simphiwe Gajana, Deputy Director ICT infrastructure

The platform based approach proposed by KHIPU Networks includes a site-wide Palo Alto Networks deployment for all of DRDAR locations, coupled wide 24×7 service monitoring and support from KHIPU’s new Security Operations Centre (SOC). The proposed solution will serve as the bedrock of cyber security for DRDAR for the foreseeable future as the department continues to grow its  IT infrastructure to include more services available to its staff and users.

‘By having a solid security foundation throughout the backbone of our network, we can now focus on delivering our various services across the province with the peace of mind that we have a Cyber-Security partner that is both skilled and experienced in the government sector. Our biggest need was to find a  partner that could align themselves with our cyber security goals and directives and the KHIPU team have done that.’

Eli Dube, Systems Administrator

‘‘We are extremely proud to have been selected by such an esteemed institution to execute their goal of achieving an improved cyber security posture. Cyber security can become an extremely challenging exercise but through the approach taken by DRDAR we are able to work in partnership with the department to execute their requirements for a Next-Generation cyber security platform.’

Hannes Kriel, Technical Manager, KHIPU Networks