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Research firm cites ESET as strong performer in endpoint security

ESET – a global leader in information security software – has been named a ‘strong performer’ in The Forrester Wave: Endpoint Detection And Response, Q3 2018 report. ESET was among the 12 select companies that were invited to participate by Forrester, and which were identified in the evaluation as the most significant endpoint detection and […]


Gartner finds only 65% of organisations have cybersecurity expert

A survey conducted by Gartner has found that only 65% of organisations currently have a cybersecurity expert – despite 95% of CIOs expecting cyberthreats to increase over the next three years. The survey also revealed that skills challenges continue to plague organisations that undergo digitalisation, with digital security staffing shortages considered a top inhibitor to innovation. Gartner’s 2018 […]


Concerns on the rise about mobile apps watching and tracking users

The monitoring capabilities of mobile apps are becoming a concern for users, many of whom are worried that the apps on their connected devices might be able track them down, watch what they’re doing or share their data. But these dangers could be easily averted by putting some simple security measures in place, warn cybersecurity […]


Attackers could use heat traces left on keyboard to steal passwords

Tomas Foltyn, Security Writer at ESET, outlines details of an attack called ‘Thermanator’, which could use your body heat against you in order to steal your credentials or any other short string of text that you have typed on a computer keyboard. A team of academics from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have presented […]


Cloud tech key to personalise South Africa’s travel experiences

Opinion article by Chantel Troskie, Customer Experience Senior Sales Manager at Oracle For the travel industry, the customer’s experience is perhaps the most important variable in determining the long-term success of the business. Because of this, airlines, hotels and other travel-related operators are affected more by digital transformation than most. According to the most recent […]


Endpoint security automation a top priority for IT professionals

Global cybersecurity training company, the SANS Institute, has released its 2018 SANS Endpoint Security Survey report, which found that automating endpoint detection and response processes is the top priority for IT professionals trying to put actionable controls around their endpoints. The survey questioned IT professionals globally on how they approach endpoint security within their organisations, […]


Applying threat intelligence to secure the enterprise network

By Ashraf Sheet, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Infoblox In a world in which cybercriminals are becoming increasingly stealthy and using increasingly sophisticated techniques, from ransomware to DNS hijacking, it is becoming more difficult, more expensive and less effective for businesses alone to defend themselves against threats. According to research recently carried out […]


New research highlights growing demand for ‘Wi-Fi everywhere’

Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, and World Wide Worx, have released the results of their 2018 Wi-Fi in South Africa study which highlights the usage, priorities, intentions and attitudes regarding Wi-Fi technology and its deployment in smart cities. “The research reveals the growing importance of Wi-Fi for both business use and local Smart City project […]


Kaspersky Lab updates IT Security Calculator tool

With IT budgets under pressure to transform and improve multiple areas of an organisation and business leaders needing to demonstrate return on every investment, the onus has long been on IT security to prove its worth. But proving ROI has traditionally been a struggle for IT professionals, who need to balance budget limitations while staying […]


Research reveals smartwatches could become tools for spying

New research from Kaspersky Lab has revealed that smartwatches can become tools for spying on their owners, by collecting silent accelerometer and gyroscope signals that – after analysis – could be turned into datasets unique to the smartwatch owner. These datasets, if misused, allow the user’s activities to be monitored, including the entering of sensitive […]


Africa’s mobile market remains flat as smartphone shipments decline

Africa’s overall mobile phone market remained flat in Q1 2018 although smartphone shipments declined for the second successive quarter, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s recently published Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that a total of 52.1 million mobile phones were shipped in Q1 […]


How South African companies can use blockchain to drive business value

Research by Accenture indicates that only 31% of local executives state that blockchain and smart contracts will be critical or very critical to their organisations over the next three years – versus a global average of 60%. Niral Patel, MD and Technology Leader for Oracle South Africa explains why South African organisations need to look at […]


Survey reveals five areas to secure DevOps, Cloud, and IoT adoption

BeyondTrust, the leading cybersecurity company dedicated to preventing privilege misuse and stopping unauthorised access, has announced the results of the 2018 Implications of Using Privileged Access Management to Enable Next-Generation Technology Survey. It survey shows that 90% of enterprises are engaged with at least one next-generation technology (NGT), such as cloud, IoT, or AI. Yet, […]


Aruba expert on why firms may fall foul on GDPR regulations

Companies risk falling foul of incoming GDPR regulations by relying on existing, piecemeal security measures, according to a new whitepaper published by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. The majority of existing defences, which use pattern matching techniques to find threats, are unable to detect new attacks that use legitimate user credentials to access sensitive […]


‘AI is redefining connectivity and a new cycle of economic growth’

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving a paradigm shift in how nations prepare for the digital economy and could almost double the value of the global digital economy to US$23 trillion by 2025 from $12.9 trillion in 2017 when it accounted for 17.1% of global GDP. However, a scarcity of AI talent worldwide threatens this growth, […]


Study reveals cost of data breaches for enterprises in META region

New research from Kaspersky Lab has revealed that safeguarding data is continuing to present new challenges for businesses, with the most expensive cybersecurity incidents over the last 12 months related to data protection. To enable digital transformation without compromising on security, businesses are now prioritising IT security spending. In 2018, enterprises are allocating up to […]


ERP in cloud and big data to create US$1.1bn to tech market in SA

Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis, South African ICT Outlook 2018, finds emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), Fintech and the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are disrupting the ICT industry in South Africa. As a result, telecommunications providers will use innovation as the springboard to offer mobile application-based services such as mCommerce, mAgriculture, connected services, mLearning, mHealth and […]


Acumatica cloud ERP ranked highest for usability by Nucleus Research

Nucleus Research has ranked Acumatica Cloud ERP highest for usability in its ERP Technology Value Matrix 2017. Acumatica, the world’s fastest-growing cloud ERP company, has announced multiple enhancements to its latest product release as the disruptive company continues expanding into markets underserved by larger, less innovative competitors. One Channel, Africa’s leading cloud ERP solutions provider […]


More than 2.5 billion records stolen or compromised globally in 2017

Gemalto, a world leader in digital security, has released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, revealing that 2.6 billion records were stolen, lost or exposed worldwide in 2017, an 88% increase from 2016. While data breach incidents decreased by 11%, 2017 was the first year publicly disclosed breaches surpassed more than two billion […]


Study reveals one-in-four firms using public cloud has had data stolen

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, has announced its third annual cloud adoption and security report, Navigating a Cloudy Sky: Practical Guidance and the State of Cloud Security. The report outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications and the evolving impact of Shadow IT for […]