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Black Friday and Cyber Monday reflect growing digital evolution

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With digital transformation initiatives permeating everything business does, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period this year is expected to illustrate just how far online retailers have come in embracing availability. Veeam Software examines what needs to be done for companies to maximise their sales by reducing the chances of downtime, and the catastrophic effect […]


From ugly duckling to swan: the metamorphosis of WAN to SD-WAN

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The software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is coming to the rescue of network managers by helping them to easily manage their network in disparate locations – from urban to rural – through a single interface. Best of all, the technology runs in the cloud as a Software as a Service (SaaS), which is of benefit to both […]


True innovation-led business transformation starts in the cloud

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Article by Cameron Beveridge, Director: Cloud at SAP Africa No matter your industry sector or geographic location, all businesses today have one overriding thing in common: to be successful and sustainable you must be digital. While the rewards of moving a business towards digital are considerable, the initial transition can be challenging. Innovation requires the […]


Fake news ‘as a Service’ on the rise according to Digital Shadows

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New research indicates that criminals are increasingly exploiting the growth of ‘fake news’ for commercial gain. The growth of so-called fake news has traditionally been associated with the political sphere and executed for ideological purposes. However, research conducted by analysts at Digital Shadows reveals the growth of toolkits and services – available for just $7 […]


DDoS mitigation is the best practice in an IoT world

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a conversation that has been gathering momentum in the public space for around the past five years or so, even though the concept has been around for a few decades. And yet, in this brand-new world of science fiction coming to life, threats lurk also. So says Arbor Network’s […]


The shift from prevention technology to deception and response

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Intelligent CIO caught up with Ray Kafity, Vice President, Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Attivo Networks to discuss the company’s forecast for upcoming industry trends and how they are witnessing new technologies such as IoT changing the threat landscape. Q: Since the product launch in June this year, has Attivo made any adaptations to […]


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 […]


10 steps to stop lateral movement in data breaches

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Article by Brad Hibbert, Lead Solutions Strategist at BeyondTrust As highlighted in the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), 75% of attacks come from the outside and a whopping 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. While the specific tactics may vary, the stages of an outsider attack are similar and […]


Machine learning predicts both human and technology behaviour

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“Humans have long been adept at analysing information received. Now imagine the power of a machine to breathe in data, study it, learn from it and exhale an accurate solution – that’s machine learning. It’s a neural network on steroids,” says Anton Jacobsz, Managing Director at African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited. He highlights that a […]


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 […]


Encryption: the beer goggles of business today

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Encryption has become key to protecting the privacy of electronic communication – and for certain transactions, encryption is a legal requirement – but it’s a bit like beer goggles; it makes everything look a lot rosier than it is. With between 50% and 70% of online traffic now encrypted, it is safe to say that […]


The changing landscape of digital insurance in Africa

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Even though digital is still to reach widespread adoption in Africa, it presents insurers with exciting new opportunities for business growth. Annalie Terblanche, Client Solutions Manager at SilverBridge, takes a closer look. While there is the temptation to believe that Africa is a digitally-led continent, the reality for insurers is quite different. Certainly, the adoption […]


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. […]


Software-defined networking enables today’s business cases

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Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and software-defined networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated. “SDNs are far more agile than the LANs and WANs of the past. Their elasticity allows them to quickly adapt to changing businesses needs. And, in a world […]


The future of Africa’s ports is also the future of its economic success

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Article by Kirenga Rwigema, Industry Value Advisor for Ports and Rail at SAP Africa Statistics indicate that 90% of imports and exports in Africa are driven by sea. With a global middle class set to reach 5 billion people by 2030, global trade is set to continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. Reports suggest […]


Simplifying software design – making the case for pair programmers

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“Two heads are better than one”, says Lorraine Steyn, co-Founder and CEO of Khanyisa Real Systems (KRS), in making the case for why it’s better to have ‘pair programmers’ and the right techniques upfront, when it comes to developing good code design that will help avoid looking for the black cat in the dark room […]


Dell Technologies predicts a new era for ‘human-machine partnerships’

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A report from Dell Technologies seeks to forecast the impact of technology over the next couple of decades. Realizing 2030 takes a comprehensive look at what the future will hold by analysing what is needed to succeed on the path to digital transformation and how emerging technologies will unfold. Created with The Institute of the […]


Key considerations when using a web application firewall

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Cybersecurity specialists are realising more and more the growing danger of application layer threats to a network. While there is no denying the need to remain aware of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, application layer attacks are very difficult to detect and provide little or no advanced warning before attacking your applications. This is […]


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 […]


15 tips to staying secure while staying connected

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Article by Chris Bullock, Managing Principal at SecureWorks Cruising the Internet can be harmful if you don’t follow best security practices. The good news is you don’t need to be a cybersecurity pro to employ smart online safety habits that can go a long way in guarding against online crime. Cybersecurity best practices make up […]