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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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Increased focus on lowering smartphone costs could drive next African smartphone boom

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For many years, African countries served as the growth engine for the global smartphone market. Recent times, however, tell a different story. In 2016, according to Strategy Analytics, global smartphone sales grew at a modest 2% and the landscape in Africa also saw a dip from what had been a 39% year-over-year growth rate. However, […]


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 […]


New SAP study shows growth depends on digital skills investment

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According to new survey results released by SAP SE, business leaders who have completed digital transformation projects across their entire organisation report significant increases in employee engagement compared to those with more limited initiatives. 64% of executives with broad-ranging digital initiatives say their employees are more engaged, compared with 20% among organisations that have completed […]


People at risk of data heartache, and they have themselves to blame

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People love their digital devices. Yet, they put it at risk with dangerous behaviour that compromises security. New research by Kaspersky Lab reveals a contradiction in the way people treat their data – although they are aware of the threat from cybercriminals, their actions show they’re failing to protect their data properly, with around half […]


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 […]


Lending potential in Africa

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Kenya and South Africa are leading the peer-to-peer (P2P) business lending market in Africa. However, 90% of online alternative finance originated from platforms headquartered outside of Africa, evidencing the potential for home-grown platforms. This is according to the recently published ‘Africa and Middle East Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report‘, the first comprehensive study of the size […]


Gartner: end-user spending on communications services in SA will grow 0.7% in 2017

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End user spending on communications services in South Africa is forecast to total R122 billion in 2017, a 0.7% increase from 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. “The forecast growth rate is slight, mainly due to shifts to less expensive legacy service offerings as competition heats up,” said William Hahn, Principal Research Analyst at Gartner. “It’s […]


Mobile Trojans steal Android users’ money through WAP-billing services

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Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered an unusual rise in mobile Trojan clickers that are stealing money from Android users through WAP billing – a type of direct mobile payment taken without any additional registration. This trend has not been observed for a while, but in Q2 of 2017 it became surprisingly common, with thousands of […]


Spammers cashed in on WannaCry epidemics to promote fraudulent protection services

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In Q2 2017, cybercriminals involved in spam distribution tried to capitalise on public fears when the WannaCry ransomware epidemic struck in May. Knowing that there are lots of people out there infected with this ransomware, and searching for ways to get their encrypted data back, fraudsters sent out spam and phishing emails, offering users different […]


82% of ITSM professionals believe future IT roles will become more challenging

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ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company and creators of ServiceDesk Plus, has announced the results of its ‘IT Service Management Future Readiness’ survey. The survey, which was conducted in collaboration with ITSM.tools, consisted of ten questions that focused on the opportunities and challenges ITSM will see in the future. It was presented to ITSM professionals […]


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. […]


New version of Faketoken Android trojan hunts for taxi and ride-sharing app users

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Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered a new modification of the well-known mobile banking Trojan Faketoken, which has been developed and is now able to steal credentials from popular taxi applications. The mobile app market is growing, and offering more and more services that store confidential financial data, including taxi services and ride-sharing apps that require […]


Arbor Networks in global first place when it comes to DDoS protection

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The growing size, frequency and complexity of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks presents a serious challenge for any business. A recent study by industry analysts, Quadrant Knowledge Solutions, has identified Arbor Networks as the global market and technology leader in providing DDoS mitigation solutions. This is according to Arbor Network’s Territory Manager for sub-Saharan […]


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 […]