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Gemalto’s breach report finds identity theft and poor internal security practices taking a toll

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Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has released the latest findings of the Breach Level Index, a global database of public data breaches, revealing 918 data breaches led to 1.9 billion data records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2017. Compared to the last six months of 2016, the number of lost, […]


Leverage analytics to unlock true value of IoT innovation

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Article by Neil Herbert, Director: Business Analytics at SAP Africa With analysts estimating that up to 80 billion devices and sensors will be in the market by 2020, the need for real time processing and analytics has escalated as companies work to realise the up to $8.9 trillion in additional revenue predicted to be unlocked […]


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 […]


ievo appoints Network Information Technology as META distributor

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ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of fingerprint biometric solutions, has announced that Network Information Technology (NIT), an Ingram Micro company, has been named the distributor for their product range for the META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa) region. After establishing a strong foothold in the domestic and European markets, this is the next step in […]


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 […]


USTDA connects US energy industry to business opportunities in South Africa

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The US Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Solafrica Energy (Pty) Ltd., a developer of utility-scale solar power plants in southern Africa, for a pilot project that demonstrates the performance of an energy storage system based on Primus Power Corporation’s (California) EnergyPod2® technology. The EnergyPod2® is a long-duration energy storage system based on […]


Data governance regulations are an opportunity rather than a challenge for SA organisations

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Article by Dragan Petkovic, Security Product Leader ECEMEA Oracle South Africa When Tim Berners-Lee declared data to be the “new raw material of the 21st century” back in 2011, he was perfectly describing the direction many economies were heading in – from industry to insights and intelligence. But in the six years since, data has […]


South Africa climbs the cloud curve and leapfrogs to IaaS

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Andrew Cruise, Managing Director, Routed, a vendor-neutral cloud hosting platform provider, says that almost all South African businesses now have a cloud strategy. While the adoption curve remains at the beginning stages, especially for internal apps, he says that South Africa’s late adoption has led to a leapfrogging of sorts. “While websites have always been […]


Bringing more African countries into the digital economy

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Since 2009, the African telecoms industry has come a long way in connecting people and businesses to reliable, affordable and fast Internet services. The new submarine cables that started to land off the continent’s east and west coasts from 2009 onwards brought with them more affordable and plentiful international bandwidth. They now circle the continent, […]


IDC to explore MEA digital transformation landscape at IT Forum 2017

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International Data Corporation’s annual IT Forum roadshow continues to grow from strength to strength, with the global technology events, research, and consulting firm adding an additional three cities for this year’s edition. With events having already taken place in Abidjan, Dakar, Cairo, Amman, and Kuwait, the IT Forum 2017 is scheduled for a total of […]


Arbor releases new version of DDoS defence as automation becomes critical

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As distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks continue to rise dramatically in size, frequency and complexity, it has become clear that automation is now increasingly critical in protecting the network against these attacks. This is according to Arbor Network’s Territory Manager for sub-Saharan Africa, Bryan Hamman, who says, “Arbor has recently released a new version […]


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 […]


PRISMA Telecom Testing presents EmergencyNET at Critical Communications MENA 2017

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PRISMA Telecom Testing, a leading supplier of innovative solutions for the wireless industry, will showcase the latest developments of its EmergencyNET systems at Critical Communications MENA 2017. The global critical communications industry event (in partnership with TCCA) for the Middle East and North Africa, will be held 25-26 September, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade […]


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 […]


M2M key to unlocking economic inclusivity and innovation in Africa

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As more financial service providers adopt machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, it is becoming evermore apparent that these solutions are vital to economic inclusivity and innovation on the African continent. This is according to Jeremy Potgieter, SADC Regional Head at Eseye, who notes that the financial sector has always been a front runner in technological advancements and […]


Strategic partnerships can simplify a multi-cloud strategy

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Article by Rajan Padayachee, Head of Solutions, Design, Projects and Portfolio at T-Systems South Africa Cloud migration is happening, and millions of organisations across the globe are seeing the value of moving part – or all – of their systems, services and infrastructure to the cloud. However, in a world where fierce competition is driving […]


Epicor to showcase suite of cloud-ready, vertical-focused ERP solutions at GITEX 2017

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Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced its participation at the 37th edition of GITEX Technology Week, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center, 8-12 October, 2017. The company will use GITEX as a platform to showcase its range of global enterprise resource planning […]


SD-WAN: An answer to improving network performance

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“The consistent, reliable, low latency and, above all, fast performance of an organisation’s network is a non-negotiable in the era of digitisation,” states Anton Jacobsz, Managing Director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited. Jacobsz is, in particular, referring to total software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) experts, Silver Peak, whose solutions Networks Unlimited distributes in sub-Saharan Africa. […]


The network effect: ensuring effective healthcare in Africa

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Article by Simon Carpenter, Chief Technology Advisor at SAP Africa Implementing effective healthcare in Africa will require multifarious stakeholders to collaborate in a more effective and efficient way to optimise the scarce resources available while maximising the potential of a growing population. I would argue that making healthcare work in Africa is inherently a network […]