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Fortinet Report reveals cybercriminals are using common exploits and ‘Swarm’ Technology

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Fortinet, a global leader in cybersecurity, has announced the findings of its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals high botnet reoccurrence rates and an increase of automated malware demonstrate cybercriminals are leveraging common exploits combined with automated attack methods at an unprecedented scale. “Whether it’s WannaCry in May or Apache Struts in September, long-known […]


Cisco survey reveals divide between IoT value and trust

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Cisco has announced the findings of its first IoT Value/Trust Paradox report, based on a survey of 3,000 consumers, designed to provide businesses with actionable insights on how to increase consumer confidence in and adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) services. The survey results show that, while most consumers believe IoT services deliver significant value […]


Gartner says by 2020 AI will create more jobs than it eliminates

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2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator. The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the […]


Africa’s smartphone market enters early stages of recovery

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Africa’s smartphone market bounced back from two consecutive declines to post quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) growth of 4.4% in Q3 2017, according to the latest insights released by International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows smartphone shipments for the quarter reached 21.7 million units, spurred by ongoing economic […]


GE Nigeria releases latest report in ‘Future of Work’ series

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General Electric (GE) Nigeria, has released a White Paper titled The Future of Work in Nigeria. Bridging the Skills Gap: The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Inherent Potential as part of the company’s global ‘The Future of Work’ series to highlight the need for investment in sustainable skills development. In this 2017 issue, GE commissioned a […]


2017 JCSE ICT Skills Survey calls for more rapid transformation

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In its eight consecutive year, the 2017 JCSE ICT Skills Survey by Wits University’s Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) says economic pressure, a delay in policy implementation and lack of improvement in South Africa’s basic education are key concerns. The report says the situation is further plagued by a lack of current, coordinated data […]


Cybercriminals bypass email security systems with impersonation attacks

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Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced the availability of its most recent Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA) test results. The ESRA testing programme measures the effectiveness of existing email security systems in regular use by tens-of-thousands of organisations globally. The latest results highlight the continued challenge of securing organisations from […]


Gartner finds Chief Data Officers are enabling digital transformation

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As the role of chief data officer (CDO) continues to gain traction within organisations, a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. found that these data and analytics leaders are proving to be a linchpin of digital business transformation. The third annual Gartner Chief Data Officer survey was conducted July through September 2017 with 287 CDOs, chief […]


Exchanging threat intelligence strengthens security posture

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In a world of increasingly stealthy and sophisticated cybercriminals, it is difficult, costly and ineffective for companies to defend themselves against these threats alone. As revealed in The Third Annual Study on Exchanging Cyber Threat Intelligence: There Has to Be a Better Way, more companies are reaching out to their peers and other sources for […]


Middle East and Africa TV market to reach over $15 billion by 2021

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The TV market outlook for Africa and the Middle East, published by IDATE Digiworld, has forecast that the television market in Africa and the Middle East is set to grow by 30% from 2016 to 2021. This is an increase of almost US$3.5 billion, making the MEA region one of the fastest growing global markets. […]


Gemalto: companies face losing 70% of consumers following a data breach

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A majority (70%) of consumers would stop doing business with a company if it experienced a data breach, according to a survey of more than 10,000 consumers worldwide conducted on behalf of Gemalto, the world leader in digital security. In addition, seven in ten consumers (69%) feel businesses don’t take the security of customer data […]


Threat actors could use third party software to gain entry into enterprises

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In the coming year, the world will see more legitimate software being poisoned by groups targeting wider victim profiles and geographies, with the added advantage that such attacks are extremely hard to spot and mitigate, according to Kaspersky Lab’s Targeted Threat Predictions for 2018. Other hard-to-block attacks, such as those involving high-end mobile malware are […]


SophosLabs Malware Forecast: no platform immune from ransomware

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Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, has announced its SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast, a report that recaps ransomware and other cybersecurity trends based on data collected from Sophos customer computers worldwide during 1 April to 3 Oct, 2017. One key finding shows that while ransomware predominately attacked Windows systems in the last […]


New Nokia security software helps combat growing ransomware threat

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Nokia has announced its next-generation NetGuard Security Management Center software, designed to bolster service providers’ ability to proactively detect, predict and combat the growing threat from ransomware and other types of malware. The volume, velocity and variety of security data today is overwhelming security teams. Companies typically receive hundreds of thousands of security alerts per […]


LinkedIn survey reveals why MENA professionals switch jobs

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Most professionals in MENA (88%) like hearing about new opportunities and higher compensation lures them into switching to a new job, according to LinkedIn’s annual talent survey – Inside the Mind of Today’s Candidate. The study reveals that higher compensation elsewhere (41%) is still the main reason people leave jobs, with a better fit for […]


Higher education CIOs must start bridging the digital divide

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Higher education CIOs recognise that key organisational priorities are enrolment and student success, but fail to show innovation with regard to the top technologies required to differentiate themselves and win, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc. Yet, a majority of respondents (59%) think there will be significant business model change due to digital transformation. […]


Gartner: banking and investment CIOs the most focused on digitalisation

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Banking and investment services CIOs are increasingly convinced that their old business models and existing value propositions will not be sustainable in the future, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc. Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey gathered data from 3,160 CIO respondents in 98 countries and across major industries, including 354 banking and investment services […]


Organisations relying on cloud service providers for data protection

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Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, has announced the results of a global survey indicating that the majority of global organisations (56%) operate with a cloud-first mentality when it comes to deploying new applications and managing workloads. Only 1% of organisations reported that they will not be adopting cloud over the next two […]


VMware survey finds banking industry embracing emerging technology

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At Money 20/20, VMware, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, shared results of a recent survey of banking professionals commissioned by VMware that explores how technology will shape the future of the banking industry. The survey revealed banks are laying the foundation for the digitisation of their businesses and anticipate emerging […]


Dimension Data publishes its IT trends for 2018

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Blockchain, together with artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and virtual and augmented reality, have the potential to deliver disruptive outcomes and reshape digital business in 2018. And companies that have not started the digital investment cycle are at high risk of being disrupted. This is according to the list of top IT predictions for 2018 […]