MTN boosts data centre security

MTN Uganda has enhanced security at its Data Centre in Mutundwe, the telecom company’s general manager for corporate services, Anthony Katamba has told journalists.

Katamba said during a press conference in Kampala on Monday that following last week’s raid by security agents on its data centre at Mutundwe hill near Kampala, the company with support from government had boosted its security system.

”We have increased our security, we are using private security services, we have put in place the police, which is state security; access security has also been enhanced. We shall change and restrict the manner in which we authorize electronic access,” Katamba explained.

The new safety measures follow a July 2 raid on MTN data centre at Mutundwe by plain clothes armed men who identified themselves as Internal Security Organisation (ISO) agents.

According to the victims, the security men detained them in an un-gazetted place before forcing them to grant access to the data center.

”There were several attempts by the intruders to log into the MTN servers over a period of two hours. The efforts were unsuccessful because of MTN Uganda’s robust security system,” said the Chairman MTN Uganda Charles Mbiire.

MTN reported the case to police and the two victims made statements.

”This incidents were captured on our CCTV cameras and the footage has been shared with the police. The incident was reported to the Minister of Security and the Chief of Military Intelligence.” said Mbiire.

Mbiire also said MTN Uganda is not aware of any investigation into alleged breach of national security invonving it or tax evasion on its part.

The Mutundwe data center harbors servers with information of all transactions carried out by MTN customers including calls, promotional offers and Mobile Money transactions among others.

MTN however says non of its servers was compromised.

”Nothing was destroyed; they merely disconnected and made several attempts to get on to the servers. They failed and withdrew without any information,” said Katamba.