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Security spend and priorities – is your business getting it right?

Bernice Binet, F5 Brand Executive at South African based IT service management company EOH, analyses why organisations spend 90% of their security budget securing the perimeter of their systems when 77% of cyberattacks happen through apps.  Organisations locally and abroad do seem to be taking cybersecurity a lot more seriously. This is especially true in […]


Old IoT vulnerabilities: A botnet gift that ‘keeps on giving’

Bryan Hamman, Territory Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at NETSCOUT Arbor, warns that it’s not only obvious IoT devices like fitness wearables and watches that are at risk; so are commonly overlooked devices like IP cameras and cable modems. Here tells us more here… New research from Arbor’s Security Engineering and Response Team (ASERT) reveals that while […]


British cybercriminal sentenced for disrupting Liberian telecoms provider

A British cybercriminal has been sentenced to two years and eight months for conducting attacks that disrupted a Liberian telecommunications provider, resulting in losses estimated at tens of millions of US dollars. Daniel Kaye, from Egham, Surrey, pleaded guilty last month to creating and using a botnet and possessing criminal property. He was jailed at […]


Fortinet SA expert looks at the financial cybercrime trends for 2019

Doros Hadjizenonos, Regional Sales Director for Fortinet in South Africa, looks at the cybercrime trends in the financial services industry. The same concept holds true for cybercrime and the financial services industry. At the end of the day, regardless of who the ultimate victim of a cyberattack is, the end goal of most cyber events […]


IDC expert on how to prevent the rise in cryptocurrency mining attacks

By Kieran Frost, Research Manager, IDC South Africa Cryptomining attacks (commonly known as ‘cryptojacking’) are the among the most prevalent threats organisations currently face, by 8,500% in 2017 according to Symantec. Cryptojacking is when a device is unwittingly used to mine cryptocurrency – depositing the currency into a wallet designated by the threat actor. Often […]


Trend Micro on what we can expect from IT security this year

The last three years in IT innovation have laid the foundation for even greater changes within the technology sphere. While some of these changes will simply build on developments in IoT, AI, smart industries and smart homes as well as the cloud, others such as the impending rollout of 5G in 2019 will herald in […]


Mimecast expert says data security sits at the heart of democracy

Thomas Mangwiro, Public Sector Security Specialist at Mimecast, says hackers and hostile cyber forces pose not only a threat to individual citizens or businesses, but entire countries, including South Africa. Military risks immediately spring to mind. A recent report found that even the Pentagon’s latest advanced military systems are vulnerable and can be ‘easily hacked’. […]


Cybersecurity trends that are poised to alter the landscape in 2019

It is expected that cybercrime will cost the world US$6 trillion by 2021, with global spending on information security products and services set to grow by 8.7% this year to U$S124 billion. Ashraf Sheet, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Infoblox, looks at some of the cybersecurity trends that seem poised to significantly alter […]


Forcepoint expert on the changing world of data protection

Businesses have never been so accountable for the use, storing and handling of data. And as Christo van Staden, Forcepoint Regional Manager: Sub-Saharan Africa, explains, there is in intense focus currently on data privacy, data security and the responsibility of protecting one’s digital identity. With GDPR in force and PoPIA compliance looming, there is understandably […]


SUSE expert on what CISOs should be prioritising in 2019

Grant Bennett, Country Manager for SUSE South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, on what CISOs should be prioritising in 2019. Cybersecurity has proven to be a ‘problem child’ in 2018 and 2019 will be no different.  Given we are well entrenched in the technology era and businesses are revamping their business strategies to include a host […]


Over half of SA shoppers have had their financial credentials compromised

The time of unrestrained shopping has already begun, thanks to Black Friday in November. This is swiftly followed by Christmas and New Year gift giving, and then the January sales. But Kaspersky Lab is warning shoppers that cybercriminals targeting banking credentials or online shopping accounts could hit the jackpot this holiday season. As revealed in Kaspersky […]


Social media companies believed to be vulnerable for exposing data

A majority of consumers are willing to walk away from businesses entirely if they suffer a data breach, with retailers most at risk, according research from Gemalto. Two-thirds (66%) are unlikely to shop or do business with an organisation that experiences a breach where their financial and sensitive information is stolen. Retailers (62%), banks (59%), […]


Cyberscam warning issued to shoppers ahead of Black Friday

South Africans are preparing to once again embrace ‘Black Friday; where retailers offer massive discounts for both online as well as bricks-and-mortar shoppers. However, consumers are being warned because, in the same way that scammers come out to try and relieve people of their money in the physical world, the beginning of the November/December retail […]


IT security at risk in the META region, according to Kaspersky Lab

In line with its commitment to increase awareness around sophisticated cyberthreats landscape at GITEX Technology Week 2018, Kaspersky Lab’s State of Industrial Cybersecurity 2018 survey highlighted the different opinions industrial and energy enterprises, as well as transport and logistics companies, have regarding the negative effects of cyberattacks on their industrial networks. However, when it comes […]


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 […]


J2 Software offers enterprise-grade security for SMEs in South Africa

Rising levels of cybercrime, and its increasing sophistication, threaten businesses of all sizes but SMEs are particularly vulnerable, according to John McLoughlin, CEO of J2, a leading supplier of information security, governance, risk and compliance solutions. “SMEs operate on tight budgets (both in terms of money and time), must manage cash flows carefully and keep […]


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 […]


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 […]


More than 40% of ICS computers attacked during first half of 2018

Research shows that African countries were worse off when it comes to ICS computers that were attacked. More than 40% of all industrial control system (ICS) computers protected by Kaspersky Lab solutions were attacked by malicious software at least once during the first half of 2018. The most impacted countries were Vietnam, Algeria and Sri […]


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 […]