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Preventing and mitigating ransomware with cyber situational awareness

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Article by Alastair Paterson, CEO and co-founder of Digital Shadows If you’re familiar with mafia movies then you’re familiar with extortion – the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. Extortion has been around for centuries – well before The Godfather or Goodfellas. Even cyber extortion, which extends this criminal activity into […]


The ‘modern software factory’ is at the heart of business success in the digital economy

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CA Southern Africa has revealed the results of a survey of over 1,200 IT leaders released by CA Technologies and conducted by industry analyst firm Freeform Dynamics. The survey confirms that mastering modern software development by building a ‘Modern Software Factory’ is at the heart of business success in the digital economy. The new research, […]


73% of MEA businesses committed to being ‘information-based’, but face workload dilemma

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Pure Storage, the market’s leading independent all-flash data platform vendor for the cloud era, has announced the results of ‘Evolution 2017′, a groundbreaking independent global research survey that explores the ways businesses in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and across the globe are balancing infrastructure and applications, today and beyond. The global research, which […]


Expanding security beyond the virtual machine: security in the age of cloud and BYOD

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It’s no secret that organisations have been slow to warm up to the idea of cloud – and with good reason. Where digital data security was once as simple and straightforward as ring-fencing a network perimeter with a single physical gateway to control access, the cloud has changed everything. Businesses’ precious data is now very […]


SDN and NFV cause disruption in the communication service provider and cloud markets

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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) will enable communication service providers (CSPs) to create a more agile and flexible communications infrastructure. We asked Martina Kurth, Research Director at Gartner, how this technology disruption will enable CSPs to create and deliver cloud based-services to organisations, where, when and how they need them. Consequently, CSPs […]


Evolving digital skills for the always-on environment

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Article by Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Africa at Veeam With availability driving much of the corporate agenda in the path towards digital transformation, it is becoming essential for African technology companies to invest in the ongoing skills development of employees. Given how the always-on environment requires more data-driven expertise, it has become a business […]


Organisations must disrupt cyberattacks before they become a business disruptor

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Dimension Data, the global ICT services and solutions provider, and Cisco, have joined forces and published a White Paper to help organisations stay ahead of ransomware threats. Called Ransomware: The Pervasive Business Disruptor the paper looks at ransomware trends and impacts, and how to respond before a threat becomes a business disruptor. According to a […]


Digital transformation top priority for CEOs, says new BT and EIU research

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BT has announced the findings of new global research based on a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) with 400 CEOs in 13 countries, including South Africa, across five continents, which reveals the critical importance of digital transformation in multinational organisations. The research shows that nearly 40% of CEOs currently have digital transformation […]


Survey finds insider threats and ransomware are most feared, followed by DDoS attacks

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Infoblox Inc., the network control company that provides Actionable Network Intelligence, has released results of a new study that identifies the top threats, risks and fears related to securing data assets and keeping networks secure. The survey, conducted by SANS and co-sponsored by Infoblox, found that ransomware, insider threats and denial of service are considered […]


Clinical data engagement for more efficient healthcare

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The latest Lancet Healthcare Access and Quality Index recently confirmed that South Africa’s healthcare ranks poorly, at 119 out of 195 countries in the world. With the misappropriation of funds, unaffordable medical aid rates and the generally abhorrent state of government hospitals (with some exceptions), it seems real transformation is required to save costs, increase […]


Equifax breach: The impact for enterprises and consumers

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Article by Rick Holland, VP Strategy, Digital Shadows What we know about the Equifax breach On 7th September, credit reporting agency Equifax announced “a cybersecurity incident potentially impacting approximately 143 million US consumers”. To put this in context, at this time, this incident is almost seven times larger than the Office of Personnel Management breach […]


Adoption of business productivity solutions needs to grow across industries

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Article by Wilhelm Greeff, Business Manager for Business Productivity Solutions at Decision Inc. In the digital economy, business productivity solutions (BPS) have become essential to running an effective organisation. While various industries (like banking, supply chain, and FMCG) have readily embraced automation of their business processes, others (such as mining) are still very much pen […]


The role of the cloud in your digital transformation journey

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Article by Cameron Beveridge, Director: Cloud at SAP Africa Businesses acknowledge they are buried under mountains of inefficiencies and missed opportunities. CEOs understand that digital is either an opportunity or a threat. So, the question is not about awareness, but how to unleash the power of digital transformation while finding a balance between maintaining a […]


South Africans lead the way in mobile banking, Avaya survey reveals

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Consumers in South Africa prefer a digital-first approach to resolving their basic banking issues, only talking to a human being if they have to, according to a new survey from Avaya. Out of nine countries surveyed, South Africans were the most likely to say they preferred to use a mobile banking app to access their […]


Poor security hygiene and risky applications enable cyberattacks to spread at record pace

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Fortinet®, the global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions, has announced the findings of its latest Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals that poor cybersecurity hygiene and risky application usage enables destructive worm-like attacks to take advantage of hot exploits at record speed. Adversaries are spending less time developing ways to break in, and instead […]


Twenty years of DDoS attacks – looking back, looking forward

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Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are more popular and dangerous today than at any time in history. In 20 years, DDoS attacks have gone from being a novelty to a nuisance, and finally today they represent a serious threat against the availability and functionality of websites, online services and applications. This is according to […]


Top 4 digital transformation priorities for African telecoms operators

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Article by by Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa After nearly two decades of uninhibited growth and profitability, African telecoms operators are facing the converging forces of digital disruption. Some of the factors contributing to this include: easily accessible broadband Internet, popular over the top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp, and changing consumer […]


VeeamON Forum Africa: cloud and availability a strategic South African priority

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At the recent VeeamON Forum Africa event, Veeam® Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™, found that over 80% of South African IT workers believe that local businesses are ready to deliver 24.7.365 availability and service delivery to customers and colleagues by 2018, making the next twelve months a […]


Gartner highlights eight critical components of a digital workplace

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Digital workplace programmes often lose their way, or fail, due to a fragmented approach that prioritises a few technology ‘fixes’ over business strategy, said Gartner, Inc. To combat this, digital workplace leaders need to employ a framework to ensure their digital workplace initiatives address all of the eight critical components required for a successful implementation. […]


Gartner identifies three megatrends that will drive digital business into the next decade

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The emerging technologies on the Gartner Inc. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 reveal three distinct megatrends that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next 5-10 years. Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide unrivalled intelligence, create profoundly new […]