Nobukhosi Dlamini, MD
More and more companies are moving their business activities to the digital space. Thepandemic has further accelerated the process. This means that the scope of digital data they store and the process has increased exponentially, and the surface area for attacks has also greatly increased. To that end, data protection technology is a young industry, and there is still a lot of room for solutions that are going to ensure privacy and security. The cybersecurity space is more mature, however, cybersecurity is just one pillar of data protection, and it's requirements. Focused on data protection as a whole, Bahati Tech provides a combination of skill sets of technical expertise and experience, in-depth knowledge of data protection laws as well as business operational experience. The company translates the high-level data protection requirements as specified in the law and distills it to actionable steps that need to happen both in the technical domain as well as in the business processes and training intervention. “Our mission is rooted in the promise that technology, innovation and the use of data should be deployed in a manner that is responsible and does not expose the stakeholders, participants or clients to any harm. That is the reason why our focus is both on data protection and cybersecurity,” says Nobukhosi Dlamini, MD, Bahati Tech.
Bahati Tech helps organizations understand the risk in the current landscape and the type of interventions they need to have in place.
Our mission is rooted in the promise that technology, innovation and the use of data should be deployed in a manner that is responsible and does not expose the stakeholders, participants or clients to any harm
This starts at a strategy level, policies, staff training, testing, security controls, software tools, business processes etc. The company understands that what is required to secure any environment is not just a technical solution but a comprehensive strategy driven from the highest level of the organization to create a culture of security and data protection at all levels. The company also deploys robotics automation and AI to cross-reference data and actions affecting personal data to flag any risks immediately and assign actions to individuals within the company. By automating certain vulnerability assessment activities that relate to the security culture and policy issues, Bahati Tech helps organizations track and identify issues in a central place and measure the effort vs. outcomes over a period of time.
In addition, Bahati Tech offers consulting and training services in data protection and cybersecurity. The company also provides vulnerability assessment and state of readiness assessments, including the technology environment and the overall organization, including business processes, staff, and policies.
He recounts the instance of a client in the banking sector looking to implement a data protection program as part of a regulatory compliance initiative but struggled to take off due to push back from staff who were already overworked and believed that data protection belonged in certain departments only. Bahati Tech helped bring awareness in the organization on the importance of privacy as a competitive differentiator and customer experience benefit regardless of the legal requirements. Secondly, the company helped the client understand the scope of data protection and how all parts of the organization that touch personally identifiable data were affected and formed part of the program. The program was led from business processes before they even looked at technology, and that helped them escape the myopic view that data protection is the domain on the IT department.
Apart from such successful case studies, Bahati Tech has carved a niche in the market by being one of the few cybersecurity-focused companies on the continent owned and managed by women. “We also engage in many outreach programs to empower women within the technology sector,” says Dlamini. Looking into the future, the company will be rolling out more enterprise software to solve fundamental problems that companies face around data protection and cybersecurity.