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Digital tech key to unlocking value of Africa’s investments in ports

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Africa’s commercial ports should invest in revamping their enterprise applications and digitalising their operations as part of the multi-billionaire dollar capacity expansion projects underway across much of the continent. Such investments in technology hold the key to improving the industry’s utilisation of assets such as berths, cranes, terminal tractors and people. That’s according to Thabo […]


Black Friday and Cyber Monday reflect growing digital evolution

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With digital transformation initiatives permeating everything business does, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period this year is expected to illustrate just how far online retailers have come in embracing availability. Veeam Software examines what needs to be done for companies to maximise their sales by reducing the chances of downtime, and the catastrophic effect […]


True innovation-led business transformation starts in the cloud

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Article by Cameron Beveridge, Director: Cloud at SAP Africa No matter your industry sector or geographic location, all businesses today have one overriding thing in common: to be successful and sustainable you must be digital. While the rewards of moving a business towards digital are considerable, the initial transition can be challenging. Innovation requires the […]


Bad patch management keeps old exploits en vogue

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As much as cybercriminals continue to refine and expand their ways of attacking data and devices, they are also digging into their bags of tried and trusted tricks. Richard Broeke, an IT security specialist and General Manager at leading managed IT security provider, Securicom, says that there’s a growing number of companies experiencing exploits on […]


DDoS mitigation is the best practice in an IoT world

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a conversation that has been gathering momentum in the public space for around the past five years or so, even though the concept has been around for a few decades. And yet, in this brand-new world of science fiction coming to life, threats lurk also. So says Arbor Network’s […]


The shift from prevention technology to deception and response

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Intelligent CIO caught up with Ray Kafity, Vice President, Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Attivo Networks to discuss the company’s forecast for upcoming industry trends and how they are witnessing new technologies such as IoT changing the threat landscape. Q: Since the product launch in June this year, has Attivo made any adaptations to […]


Accessible and affordable data is key to Africa’s tech advancement

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Forget growing the economy if data is not made affordable and accessible, or if app developers continue to disrespect phone users in South Africa, says Lorraine Steyn, CEO of KRS. There is currently a lot of buzz around ICT4D – the fourth Industrial Revolution. As wonderful and exciting as the possibilities are of what technology […]


Cybersecurity alert: should you fear the ‘Reaper’?

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Article by Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks Move over Mirai. There’s a new monstrous botnet in town. The newly-discovered botnet, dubbed ‘Reaper’ or ‘IoTroop’, appears to be a more powerful strain of Internet of Things (IoT) attack malware than Mirai, the previous holder of the IoT botnet crown. And while Reaper hasn’t […]


10 steps to stop lateral movement in data breaches

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Article by Brad Hibbert, Lead Solutions Strategist at BeyondTrust As highlighted in the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), 75% of attacks come from the outside and a whopping 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. While the specific tactics may vary, the stages of an outsider attack are similar and […]


Why agriculture is the first frontier of African innovation

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Article by Ashley Boag, Chief Business Officer at SAP Africa In 2050, Africa’s population will double to 2.4 billion people, accounting for a fifth of the global population. At the same time, the continent will need to create 20 million new jobs every year to meet the demands of what will be the world’s largest […]


Encryption: the beer goggles of business today

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Encryption has become key to protecting the privacy of electronic communication – and for certain transactions, encryption is a legal requirement – but it’s a bit like beer goggles; it makes everything look a lot rosier than it is. With between 50% and 70% of online traffic now encrypted, it is safe to say that […]


How modern storage investments help you achieve total data availability

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Article by Mohamad Rizk, Manager System Engineers, Middle East at Veeam Software Data protection is essential – but what good is it if it prevents you from getting full business value from your data? Today, total data availability is the aim, and it’s what your business needs if you want to leverage all of your […]


An open access wireless network for South Africa? Who will manage it?

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Article by Eckart Zollner, Head of Business Development, Jasco Group An open access wholesale-only wireless (3G and 4G/LTE) network (OAWN) can, within just a few years, connect the 40% of people in South Africa who still do not have Internet access. This can provide an exponential boost to South Africa’s ailing economy. What will it […]


SA’s intelligence environment sees increased growth and adoption

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Article by Rousseau Kluever, Engagement Manager, Decision Inc. The adoption of business intelligence is as inescapable as cloud and big data, and as inextricably intertwined. Organisations which have adopted the technology early have seen significant competitive advantages. Now, more than ever, organisations are paying attention to business intelligence (BI), especially as analytics continues its steady […]


Preparation is key when defending against DDoS attacks

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Article by Bryan Hamman, Arbor Networks, Territory Manager for sub-Saharan Africa If you are well prepared with your security systems – deployed in a holistic manner – you can prevent generic threats from getting into your environment. With the right tools, processes and people, you can detect and contain more advanced threats before they have […]


Is the emerging cloud 2.0 the dawning of pragmatic cloud?

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South Africa’s cloud adoption rate is on the increase and we are rapidly moving from cloud-first to a cloud-only methodology. The trend, which is rampant globally, is picking up speed as IDC predicts that 60% of enterprise IT workloads will soon be off-premise. Andrew Cruise, Managing Director, Routed, South Africa’s only neutral cloud infrastructure provider, […]


PoPI requires effective data management structures

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Article by Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Africa at Veeam The Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI) will fundamentally change how companies store, process and use personal customer data. And even though it has not yet officially been implemented, organisations have been steadily working on ensuring their compliance to avoid future penalties. But with the […]


The future of Africa’s ports is also the future of its economic success

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Article by Kirenga Rwigema, Industry Value Advisor for Ports and Rail at SAP Africa Statistics indicate that 90% of imports and exports in Africa are driven by sea. With a global middle class set to reach 5 billion people by 2030, global trade is set to continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. Reports suggest […]


Simplifying software design – making the case for pair programmers

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“Two heads are better than one”, says Lorraine Steyn, co-Founder and CEO of Khanyisa Real Systems (KRS), in making the case for why it’s better to have ‘pair programmers’ and the right techniques upfront, when it comes to developing good code design that will help avoid looking for the black cat in the dark room […]


IoT offers benefit – but what about security?

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There is no question that the Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionised commerce, providing service providers with a direct, vibrant and immediate channel of interaction with customers – and immediate gratification for consumers! However, the Internet is under threat from evolving cyberthreats and IoT security is of growing concern to the market. This is according […]