Access Kenya Group has announced deployment of a new email authentication system aimed at securing client emails as well as enabling them (clients) use the service while abroad (roaming).
The system, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol Authentication (SMTP AUTH), is touted as the most secure authentication system and the company says it’s a necessary deployment in the wake of increased internet security concerns worldwide.
“Internet security remains of paramount importance and for us as the market leader in Internet Services, protecting our customers using practical solutions remains our core business,” said AccessKenya managing director Kris Senanu.
“Email hacking and phishing are a global problem and the deployment of this technology protects our clients and other users on our network,” said Senanu, adding that increased cyber attacks and hacking are ‘a real threat’ to national security and therefore service providers have the responsibility of protecting clients as well as collaborating with authorities to curb the menace, which has been on the rise since the arrival of the undersea fibre optic cable.
Access Kenya Systems Engineer Sam Oduor said the SMTP AUTH system guarantees email security thence enabling clients to safeguard their information on through the AccessKenya network.
“Communication on this authentication system comes through a secure socket layer. This improves customer privacy since conversations cannot be intercepted,” said Oduor.
Clients using this service on the Access Kenya network will be provided with unique and secure username and passwords with which they will access servers using this authentication system. According to Mr. Oduor, the service also allows clients to send emails on through AccessKenya network while abroad.
“This is primarily targeted at customers who are not using AccessKenya network both locally and abroad,” he said adding that the deployment will also see the company save costs on overheads associated with support services for traveling clients
The authentication comes a few months after the company adopted the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) with a view of enhancing security on the network. Kenya has in the recent months experienced a myriad of cyber attacks with over 100 government websites hacked. Experts have blamed poor internet standards for the rampant hacking incidents.