The Techdude – Your hub for cyber-security

The Techdude aims to become the backbone of a cyber-secure Namibia.

29 October 2021 | Technology

Rivaldo Kavanga

The Techdude is a leading cyber-security company in Namibia that aims to provide unique, tailor-made and enhanced services. The company aims to become the backbone of a cyber-secured Namibia. The establishment offers penetration testing, web application security, social engineering, vulnerability assessments, a cyber-response unit, IT auditing, IT governance and training on cyber-security.

The company offers unique training packages, and not only to IT staff but to each and every individual within a company. The Techdude currently has only one branch located in Windhoek.

“Ninety-five percent of all cyber-breaches are caused by human error and not machine error,” says Elwill Louw, the founder of the Techdude. For this reason, training all employees and not just IT workers in cyber-security is vital.

Secured

According to Louw, the biggest challenge the company faces is IT budgeting. Research done by The Techdude has found that a number of organisations do not base IT security budgeting on risk. Instead, they peg security spending to some percentage of overall IT spending or some peer benchmark of spending.

“Those that do not do budget based on risk, the intersection of incident probability with the magnitude of resulting damage, are more successful in securing their enterprises because they focus on mitigating the threats with the greatest potential danger, rather than simply a high likelihood of damage occurring,” he says.

Data – the new oil

Louw says companies normally do not invest in cyber-security and information security as a whole. He adds that data is the largest commodity in the world and that all the company’s data should be secured. Companies should also secure their backups and see if the information they stored is secured and not at risk of breaching. He adds that the highlights of The Techdude is that being a start-up, they celebrate almost every little victory, no matter the size of the deal.

“If I can mention a highlight, it will most probably be the day we went live with our website, which is something new to the Namibian market.

“Techdude was founded to give back to the community. If we are on project, we usually take students that are studying cyber-security and give them practical experience,” Louw says.

The Techdude also looks to bring cyber-security to local companies and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Louw says he wants to make sure all Namibian data is covered and protected. Cyber-security in Namibia is coming to the forefront. The goal of The Techdude remain to become the backbone of a cyber-secured Namibia and to future-proof businesses’ IT through capacity building and analytics.

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