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How advanced targeted attacks evolved in Q2, 2017

The months from April to end June witnessed significant developments in targeted attacks by, among others, Russian-, English-, Korean-, and Chinese-speaking threat actors. These developments have far-reaching implications for business IT security: sophisticated malicious activity is happening continuously almost everywhere in the world, increasing the risk of companies and non-commercial organisations becoming collateral damage in […]


African telcos should leverage consumers’ increasing demand for mobile data

Article by Hrusostomos Vicatos, Business Development Executive for the Telco Sector at Wipro Limited and Gavin Holme, Country Manager, Africa, Wipro Limited Africa is witnessing rapid growth in the telecommunications sector, and the use of mobile phones is at the forefront of this surge. While it was initially voice communication that drove the interest in […]


AI is more important to IoT than big data insights, says GlobalData

For enterprise software, operational efficiency trumps superfluous features. When it comes to optimising these applications, however, particularly for the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprises need to focus their efforts on the basics of business optimisation rather than insight driven innovation. A recent GlobalData survey of 1,000 IoT professionals revealed a heavy reliance on traditional business […]


Gartner reveals how communications technologies are setting the ICT agenda in Africa

Technologies and services associated with communications, commerce and payments, and government are among the most transformational featured in the Gartner, Inc. 2017 Hype Cycle for information and communication technology (ICT) in Africa. The Hype Cycle identifies 35 key technologies and describes how they will impact business performance over the next 10 years. Of the technologies […]


Data risks give no rewards, Kaspersky Lab warns

Users are putting their precious and sensitive data in danger, by the way they share both their information, and their physical devices containing this information with others. Kaspersky Lab’s My Precious Data: Stranger Danger report lifts the lid on data sharing habits and reveals that people who share their data and devices, live digital lives […]


Enterprise Strategy Group reports ‘The Pressing Need for Digital Risk Management’

Digital Shadows, the industry leader in digital risk management, has unveiled a new report called: ‘The Pressing Need for Digital Risk Management’ from top analysts at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) looking at the growing importance and rates of adoption of digital risk management in business today. The report recognises that most CEOs and corporate […]


Mozilla-backed research reveals main barriers to Internet access in Africa

Compelling Mozilla-backed research, carried out by Research ICT Africa, finds that significant barriers to Internet access remains in four African countries – Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The research aims to understand, from a comparative perspective, how the citizens use the Internet when data is subsidised and when it is not. Knowing that affordability […]


Digital transformation and IoT will drive investment in ITOM tools through 2020

The growth of digital business and the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to drive large investment in IT operations management (ITOM) through 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. A primary driver for organisations moving to ITOM open-source software (OSS) is lower cost of ownership. “While acceptance of OSS ITOM is increasing, traditional closed-source ITOM software […]


Fully connected factories expected to rise dramatically over the next five years

Zebra Technologies Corporation, the market leader in mobile computers, scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time enterprise visibility solutions, has revealed the results of their 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, a body of research analysing the emerging trends shaping the future of industrial manufacturing. The global study revealed manufacturers are adopting […]


45 million emails passed by incumbent email security systems, nearly 25% are ‘unsafe’

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced the results of its third quarterly Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA), a report of the results of tests which measure the effectiveness of incumbent email security systems. This quarter’s assessment noted a continued challenge of securing organisations from malicious attachments, dangerous files types, impersonation […]


Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report predicts new ‘destruction of service’ attacks

The Cisco® 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report (MCR) uncovers the rapid evolution of threats and the increasing magnitude of attacks, and forecasts potential ‘destruction of service’ (DeOS) attacks. These could eliminate organisations’ backups and safety nets, required to restore systems and data after an attack. Also, with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), key […]


Global study finds 80% of businesses missing out on benefits of continuous testing

CA Southern Africa has announced results from a CA Technologies global study revealing that while 75% of organisations highlight continuous testing as critical or important, only a minority of survey respondents have made exceptional progress acquiring the necessary knowledge and key enablers to drive digital transformation. The 20% of survey respondents identified as continuous testing […]


Modest growth for South Africa’s enterprise application market

Despite ongoing economic uncertainties and political instability, South Africa’s enterprise application software (EAS) will grow 1.7% year-on-year in 2018 to reach a value of $410.05-million, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s newly released ‘South Africa Enterprise Application Software Market 2017-2021 Forecast and 2016 Vendor […]


Digital Shadows lifts the lid on credit card fraud gangs

Digital Shadows, the industry leader in digital risk management, has revealed the findings of an in-depth study carried out by its team of multilingual analysts assessing the changing habits and tactics of organised credit card fraud gangs. It points to increased sophistication of a professional ecosystem as fraudsters seek to upskill themselves and novice would-be […]


Gartner says South African IT spending will grow 2.4% in 2017

IT spending in South Africa is forecast to total R266 billion in 2017, a 2.4% increase from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. Software is predicted to be the best-performing segment, with a 13.2% increase year-on-year (see Table 1). “South Africa has traditionally underinvested in IT,” said John-David Lovelock, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. […]


Response to the Department of Basic Education’s hacking incident

The Department of Basic Education’s website was recently hacked by the Islamic State, posting gory pictures and a message about the US Government. Following this incident, Bryan Hamman, Territory Manager for sub-Saharan Africa at Arbor Networks, the world’s leading provider of DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection in the enterprise, carrier and mobile market segments, […]


Microsoft’s data centre investment to boost SA cloud adoption

Microsoft’s announcement that it plans to build hyperscale data centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg to deliver a range of cloud services, is set to give a massive boost to enterprise adoption of Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service and other cloud services in South Africa. That’s the word from Robert Marston, ‎Global […]


What the future of digital holds for retail banking

Article by Darrel Orsmond, Financial Services Industry Head at SAP Africa. Banks set to lose the ‘offer’ as digital disruption continues to transform industry. Banks are finding it increasingly difficult to reach and ensure value to their customers in light of the challenge presented by existing and new fintech competitors who are muscling in on […]


Securing IoT: know your network, protect your network

Article by Jose Vasco, Regional Director, MEMA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Do you think about the need to secure IoT? It could be a patient monitor, a security camera or a lighting system; every connection to the network is a potential route for attackers. This is quite a new concept to many, […]


Manage increased complexity by building an IoT war room

Be the CIO of everything – article by Jenny Beresford, Research Director at Gartner. Technologists are, at heart, today’s explorers and inventors, venturing into wild digital frontiers. As the Internet of things (IoT) evolves, IT leaders are discovering that it is not an endgame but a beginning: The IoT is a launch pad for infinite […]