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SAP Africa Managing Director on the future of work in a digital world

The future of work in a digital world By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa. The digital age and the new technologies it’s brought with it – Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – is seen by many as a threat to our way of life as we know it. […]


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. […]


Africa is a hub for innovation, says SilverBridge Holdings expert

With a population of more than 1.2 billion people, 54 countries, and foreign direct investment (FDI) totalling US$59 billion in 2016, Africa presents organisations across industry sectors with ample business opportunities. Annalie Terblanche, Product Manager at SilverBridge Holdings, says that although the continent has long been viewed for its potential, the rate of technological innovation […]


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 Naivety and ignorance are no longer valid excuses and owners of small and medium-sized organisations in every sector are under even more pressure to comply with data protection requirements as well as […]


Vend Chief Executive Officer on how AI is changing the retail industry

Vaughan Rowsell, CEO of Vend, looks at on how Artificial Intelligence in retail is changing the industry. When you think about Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact our daily life, what are the images you conjure up? Intelligent robot companions that clean and cook and keep you company? A disembodied voice that controls your […]


Trend Micro expert on email hackers being defeated by AI

Email is a regular method of attack for the cybercriminal because it is the easiest and most successful way to spread high-risk threats, making it one of the most popular vectors in a hacker’s arsenal. The thing with hacking an email account is that the hacked account can be used for fraud. For example, a […]


Forcepoint expert on four biggest misconceptions about cloud security

The widespread adoption of cloud solutions has been driven by the myriad of associated benefits offered, such as flexibility, scalability and remote access. However, Christo van Staden, Forcepoint Regional Manager: Sub-Saharan Africa, says concerns have been raised regarding the security of these solutions when it comes to keeping sensitive data safe from malicious actors. Many […]


IDC expert on why security is vital to organisational success

Security is as vital to organisational success as technology and people, says Mark Walker, Associate Vice President of Sub-Saharan Africa at International Data Corporation (IDC). Search for security on Google. The engine will autofill with – security is like oxygen and security is like an onion. Both are true. Security is the oxygen that keeps the […]


Cisco expert on building and securing 5G networks of tomorrow

While 5G brings the promise of new revenue opportunities for service providers, new infrastructure and use cases will create new risks. And according to Ali Amer, Managing Director, Global Service Provider Sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa, the security of the SP network infrastructure, their business, and their customers will require a holistic approach. Every new generation […]


Prevent your network from being attacked by a Botnet

Not having enough network protection may allow your organisation’s devices to be part of the next cyberattack, according to Harish Chib, Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Sophos. Botnets are large volumes of distributed networked computers and devices that have been taken over by a cybercriminal. Botnets, also referred to as bots, are usually taken […]


Elingo expert looks at how instant messaging has overtaken emailing

Communication in the workplace has evolved beyond telephone calls and emails, with the digital business environment being all about real-time messaging to provide stakeholders with instantaneous responses to their queries. Paul McIntyre, Chief Sales Officer at Elingo, looks at the developments that have taken place in the workplace. Think of email as a more enhanced […]


‘Zero trust security approach is gaining acceptance’: Centrify expert

Organisations are coming to realise that merely a user a user name and password are not enough to secure their cyber existence. And as Kamel Heus, Regional Manager – MEA at Centrify explains, a ‘zero trust security approach’ is increasingly gaining acceptance. The concept of zero trust is as profound in cybersecurity as the sweeping […]


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 […]


Vox expert on what companies should do to minimise phishing attacks

What procedures should companies have in place to minimise phishing attacks? By Mayleen Bywater, Senior Product Manager, Cloud Security Solutions, Vox. Cybersecurity as a landscape and as a priority is changing constantly from little focus to being in the limelight and being rated as a key strategy for most CIOs. The various attacks on several […]


What happens after all the devices are connected to the IoT?

Africonology CEO Mandla Mbonambi asks if anyone has thought about happens after all the devices are connected to the Internet of Things? Is your business driving change or being driven by it? This is the question that should be powering your business mindset in a digital world that’s swallowed by innovation and exponential change. Anything […]


IDC expert on using tomorrow’s tools to solve today’s security problems

Organisations that do not have a clear longer-term security roadmap in place are putting themselves at risk of being compromised, according to Jon Tullett, Research Manager – IT Services for Sub-Saharan Africa at International Data Corporation (IDC). He adds that it is the companies that are already investing in tomorrow’s tools to solve today’s problems […]


AI poses threats to jobs, according to Bluegrass Digital MD

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are the most exciting developments in business today; however according to Bluegrass Digital Managing Director Nick Durrant, the threats posed to jobs are a serious concern. AI-powered personalisation seems to offer the prospect of fulfilling – at the level of the individual – the very definition of marketing: creating, […]


‘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 […]


SilverBridge expert on unlocking new markets through digital innovation

African insurance providers who adopt a digital mindset can leverage innovative technologies to develop new business models and services that position them for growth. That is according to Kelly Preston, Data Analytics Manager at SilverBridge. “According to Deloitte, South Africa accounts for more than 80% of Africa’s total gross insurance premiums,” said Preston. “So, even […]


Eseye expert: Make data the centre of your IT infrastructure strategy

It is estimated that in 2018 there will be over 31 billion connected ‘edge’ devices globally, making this year the one where the Internet of Things (IoT) truly begins to dominate. The proliferation of connected devices and the evolution of dumb devices to smart devices has seen IoT becoming vertically focused, coining on several focused […]