Intelligent CIO Logo

Research

Kaspersky Lab research reveals surge in attacks on IoT devices

IoT devices were attacked with more than 120,000 modifications of malware in the first half of 2018 – more than triple the amount of IoT malware seen in the whole of 2017. That’s according to the Kaspersky Lab IoT report, with the cybersecurity vendor warning that the snowballing growth of malware families for smart devices […]


Africa’s biggest markets drive strong growth in smartphone shipments

A total of 22.4 million smartphones were shipped in Africa during the second quarter of this year (Q2 2018), according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that Africa’s smartphone shipments increased 9.8% quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) and 6% year-on-year (YoY) in Q2 […]


New research finds AI technologies revolutionising customer service

Companies across EMEA are deploying Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to revolutionise customer service as more consumers show high acceptance of AI-driven experiences, according to research from ServiceNow and Devoteam. The report, The AI revolution: Creating a new customer service paradigm, explores how AI is driving a new revolution in service delivery, drawing on research carried […]


Egypt’s software piracy drop and legal reforms boost foreign investment

Egypt has seen a 2% drop in its software piracy rate to reach 59%, according to a study released by US-based Business Software Alliance. It revealed that Egypt has managed to decrease the commercial value of the unlicensed software, which declined significantly from US$157m in 2015 to US$64m last year. The survey quantified the volume […]


Data breaches cause people to lose their jobs, according to report

A new report from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International shows that 25% of data breaches in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region in the past year have led to people losing their jobs. The study, From data boom to data doom: The risks and rewards of protecting personal data, shows that 45% of […]


CA Technologies unveils seven trends in Docker Container Monitoring

CA Technologies, a leader in industry application performance management solutions, has announced new survey research, Seven Trends in Docker Container Monitoring, a study conducted in collaboration with Gatepoint Research. As application containerisation adoption continues to rise, the survey findings examine key challenges and provide guidance for organisations to maximise their container investments. Containers offer immense value […]


Workers across EMEA showing security fatigue, says Aruba

A new study shows that workers across Europe, Middle East and Africa understand security risks and consequences, but are taking less action than global counterparts. Despite being fully aware of security risks following the introduction of high-profile legislation like GDPR, workers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have the worst cybersecurity discipline in the […]


Mimecast releases latest Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA)

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced the availability of its latest quarterly Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA), an aggregated report of tests that measure the efficacy of widely used email security systems. A Mimecast ESRA helps participating organisations better understand the number and type of email-borne threats that are getting […]


South African retailers buck global trend, according to Vend

During the past year, South Africa’s independent retailers enjoyed sales volumes 25% higher than the global average, according to data from retail management software leader Vend. Vend’s Retail Benchmark Report for 2018, which compared data from over 13,000 retailers, shows that the average independent retail store makes US$22,300 per month, with a gross margin of […]


Trusted MSPs should be utilised to assist in protecting businesses

The Kaspersky Lab IT Security Risks Survey 2017 highlighted that 42% of small and medium businesses (SMBs) and 51% of enterprises indicated that they worked with Managed Service Providers (MSPs). This suggests that businesses are starting to realise that MSPs can be a helping hand towards enhancing their IT security. A trusted MSP is vital […]


Around 23,000 devices go missing every month, says Kaspersky Lab

The holiday season is nearly upon us and that means that millions of people are getting ready for a trip abroad. And while they are on holiday, many will be taking the opportunity to capture precious memories of their time away. In fact, according to Kaspersky Lab’s consumer research, 15% of South Africans say photos […]


Gartner identifies six barriers to becoming a digital business

As organisations continue to embrace digital transformation, they are finding that digital business is not as simple as buying the latest technology — it requires significant changes to culture and systems. A Garnter Inc. survey found that only a small number of organisations have been able to successfully scale their digital initiatives beyond the experimentation […]


Digital performance ‘essential to business performance’

Riverbed, the Digital Performance Company, has announced the results of the Riverbed Digital Performance Global Survey 2018, which found that nearly all (99%) of business decision makers agree that optimising digital performance is essential to business performance. A total of 98% also that digital, including the delivery of digital services and applications, is critical to […]


Mimecast unveils second-annual State of Email Security report

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced it has released its second-annual State of Email Security report. The report identifies the latest email-borne threats facing organisations of all sizes and industries globally. Cyberattacks are on the rise. In fact, more than 50% of organisations reported seeing the volume of phishing attacks […]


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 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, […]