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Schneider Electric VP demonstrates importance of self-sustainability

According to Taru Madangombe, Vice President of Energy in Southern Africa for Schneider Electric, the energy supply industry in South Africa is experiencing a new dawn. “It offers digitisation, decentralisation, grid maintenance and management, energy efficiency and industrial applications, renewable energy systems, energy storage, demand management, communications and automation for infrastructure. “Schneider Electric strives to […]


Digital Transformation key to next generation healthcare in Africa

The benefits of the digital revolution to the healthcare sector in Africa are enormous, yet many angles must be considered if it is to prove successful. There are many people around the world who fall through the cracks in the healthcare field. They either lack the resources to see a doctor, or there is simply […]


Securing credit card transactional data is crucial, says Xperien expert

Ever wondered where every credit card transaction is recorded and stored and how secure that data is, especially after the hardware on which that data is stored reaches end-of-life? If this data is compromised and lands in the wrong hands, it could have catastrophic consequences for not only the company concerned, but for the banks […]


Fortinet Director on cyber hygiene practices that can go a long way

Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director at Fortinet in South Africa, provides the cyber hygiene practices that organisations can adopt to increase their online security. When on the job at a corporate office, a healthcare organisation, or an academic institution or government agency, or even when you are working from a local coffee shop, restaurant, or […]


Automation testing skills define the future, says Africonology CEO

In 2016, the global test automation market was valued at around US$16 billion. And, in a study done by Zion Market Research, the company predicted that this market will reach US55 billion by 2022 with a CAGR of just over 23% from 2017. Driven by Digital Transformation and measurable benefits to business and process, the […]


Westcon-Comstor expert on how to prepare for Blockchain technology

How can organisations investing in Blockchain solutions prepare their security team for the impact of the technology? By Andrew Potgieter, Director Security Solutions at Westcon-Comstor Although Blockchain technology has great promise, the technology today is still in infancy and very immature. The technology tends to be offered as a solution in search of a problem and […]


Syrex expert on the importance of thinking differently about cybersecurity

With data being likened to the oil of the digital age, decision-makers cannot afford to ignore evolving cyberthreats especially given recent examples of ransomware attacks targeting local companies. Ralph Berndt, Director of Sales at cyber resilience experts Syrex, examines the importance of thinking differently about cybersecurity. “International research shows that 54% of the global respondents […]


Cloud shift starting to take place in SA financial service sector

Mounting pressure on financial service institutions has forced a change in strategy as disruptors redefine the competitive landscape.  Andrew Cruise, CEO, Routed, a vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, says that thanks to the cloud and a growing base of market disruptors, innovation and technology are becoming more critical to the survival of today’s financial institutions. […]


BitCo identifies five defence mechanisms to combat cyberattacks

With unprepared businesses ending up on the firing line, Michael Colin, Sales Director at telecommunications service provider BitCo, offers five ‘easy-to-implement’ defence mechanisms. Naivety and ignorance are no longer valid excuses and owners of small and medium-sized organisations in every sector are under even more pressure to comply with data protection requirements as well as […]


Wi-Fi hijacking is a threat to your security, says Trend Micro expert

Every device that is connected to the Internet is a potential access point for hackers, risking data and personal information. There are some inherent vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security protocols and hardware components, which can make the lives of hackers that much easier. These possible entry points could provide hackers with access to networks and to […]


‘Preventing network breaches is of highest importance’: Trend Micro expert

South Africa has had its share of high profile security breaches. Cybercriminals have targeted prominent businesses such as Ster Kinekor and Master Deeds in 2017, and most recently, Liberty Holdings earlier this year. With GDPR now in effect, companies with international reach could stand to lose huge amounts of money in fines if they fail […]


Forcepoint Regional Manager on when cybercriminals go to work

What procedures should companies have in place to minimise phishing attacks? Christo van Staden, Forcepoint Regional Manager: Sub-Saharan Africa Phishing, spear phishing and ransomware represent serious threats to any organisation. They can be used to steal money, extort ransom payments, exfiltrate intellectual property, disrupt business operations and, in extreme cases, actually put a company out […]


Networks Unlimited Africa MD on how to prevent phishing attacks

Employees have become key role players in the defence against phishing, and organisations can no longer rely only on IT support and technology applications only. That is according to Anton Jacobsz, MD of Networks Unlimited Africa. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending e-mails, supposedly from a trustworthy source, to entice individuals to reveal personal and […]


Expert opinion: Is the honeymoon over for Artificial Intelligence?

Cyril Perducat, Executive Vice President of Internet of Things and Digital Offers, Schneider Electric, asks how businesses can seize value from Artificial Intelligence. Last year, Forrester noted that: “The honeymoon for enterprises naively celebrating the cure-all promises of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies is over: …AI and all other new technologies like big data and cloud […]


TMA-SA expert on rescuing the business profession

Alastair Macduff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Turnaround Management Association – Southern Africa (TMA-SA), says managing a business in today’s uncertain socio-economic conditions is not without its challenges. The emergence of more agile competitors, increasingly fickle customers and global pressures mean decision-makers must keep innovating while still delivering stakeholder value. Some have turned […]


J2 Software cautious about free and easy access to IP

The growth in cyberattacks is all too familiar.  Hackers use their devious skills to acquire financial and personal information with the unwitting victim’s data either being sold or used to commit fraud or make purchases. John McLoughlin, MD, J2 Software, says that the growth in rewards programme’s fraud has provided a new method for criminals […]


Service providers need the ability to future-proof their networks

Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks, says service providers need to future-proof their networks embracing architectures and solutions that give them the ability to utilise different deployment options. For a service provider to succeed, their technology needs to work for them, not vice versa. And it certainly can’t work against them. Service Providers need choice. […]


How disruptive technologies are reshaping traditional business models

Datacentrix is fostering discussions on the possibilities that the digital age brings to South Africa and how disruptive technologies are reshaping traditional business models. Dr. Dennis Mwansa, an expert with both local and international experience in the field of stock traders and their related technologies, has contributed to the theme, ‘trading billions in nanoseconds – […]


‘The connected, information-enabled utility of the future’

Joanne Shields, Managing Director at BT in Africa, asks if utility companies are ready for changes brought on by digital disruption? Utility companies currently operate in one of the most complex, high profile, regulated and politically charged sectors. But, and even by these standards, the next decade is set to be the most testing yet. […]


‘ICT outsourcing is not dead’ says T-Systems South Africa expert

As an increasing number of organisations become more ambitious with their cloud migration strategies, Sonja Weber, Lead Delivery Solution Manager at T-Systems South Africa, says that ICT outsourcing is certainly not dead, although technology players are being forced to add value in new ways. While hyperscale cloud OEMs provide many of the essential infrastructure and […]