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Trusted MSPs should be utilised to assist in protecting businesses

The Kaspersky Lab IT Security Risks Survey 2017 highlighted that 42% of small and medium businesses (SMBs) and 51% of enterprises indicated that they worked with Managed Service Providers (MSPs). This suggests that businesses are starting to realise that MSPs can be a helping hand towards enhancing their IT security. A trusted MSP is vital […]


Around 23,000 devices go missing every month, says Kaspersky Lab

The holiday season is nearly upon us and that means that millions of people are getting ready for a trip abroad. And while they are on holiday, many will be taking the opportunity to capture precious memories of their time away. In fact, according to Kaspersky Lab’s consumer research, 15% of South Africans say photos […]


Gartner identifies six barriers to becoming a digital business

As organisations continue to embrace digital transformation, they are finding that digital business is not as simple as buying the latest technology — it requires significant changes to culture and systems. A Garnter Inc. survey found that only a small number of organisations have been able to successfully scale their digital initiatives beyond the experimentation […]


Digital performance ‘essential to business performance’

Riverbed, the Digital Performance Company, has announced the results of the Riverbed Digital Performance Global Survey 2018, which found that nearly all (99%) of business decision makers agree that optimising digital performance is essential to business performance. A total of 98% also that digital, including the delivery of digital services and applications, is critical to […]


Mimecast unveils second-annual State of Email Security report

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced it has released its second-annual State of Email Security report. The report identifies the latest email-borne threats facing organisations of all sizes and industries globally. Cyberattacks are on the rise. In fact, more than 50% of organisations reported seeing the volume of phishing attacks […]


Research firm cites ESET as strong performer in endpoint security

ESET – a global leader in information security software – has been named a ‘strong performer’ in The Forrester Wave: Endpoint Detection And Response, Q3 2018 report. ESET was among the 12 select companies that were invited to participate by Forrester, and which were identified in the evaluation as the most significant endpoint detection and […]


Gartner finds 65% of organisations have cybersecurity expert

A survey conducted by Gartner has found that only 65% of organisations currently have a cybersecurity expert – despite 95% of CIOs expecting cyberthreats to increase over the next three years. The survey also revealed that skills challenges continue to plague organisations that undergo digitalisation, with digital security staffing shortages considered a top inhibitor to innovation. Gartner’s 2018 […]


Concerns on the rise about mobile apps watching and tracking users

The monitoring capabilities of mobile apps are becoming a concern for users, many of whom are worried that the apps on their connected devices might be able track them down, watch what they’re doing or share their data. But these dangers could be easily averted by putting some simple security measures in place, warn cybersecurity […]


Attackers could use heat traces left on keyboard to steal passwords

Tomas Foltyn, Security Writer at ESET, outlines details of an attack called ‘Thermanator’, which could use your body heat against you in order to steal your credentials or any other short string of text that you have typed on a computer keyboard. A team of academics from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have presented […]


Cloud tech key to personalise South Africa’s travel experiences

Opinion article by Chantel Troskie, Customer Experience Senior Sales Manager at Oracle For the travel industry, the customer’s experience is perhaps the most important variable in determining the long-term success of the business. Because of this, airlines, hotels and other travel-related operators are affected more by digital transformation than most. According to the most recent […]


Endpoint security automation a top priority for IT professionals

Global cybersecurity training company, the SANS Institute, has released its 2018 SANS Endpoint Security Survey report, which found that automating endpoint detection and response processes is the top priority for IT professionals trying to put actionable controls around their endpoints. The survey questioned IT professionals globally on how they approach endpoint security within their organisations, […]


Applying threat intelligence to secure the enterprise network

By Ashraf Sheet, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Infoblox In a world in which cybercriminals are becoming increasingly stealthy and using increasingly sophisticated techniques, from ransomware to DNS hijacking, it is becoming more difficult, more expensive and less effective for businesses alone to defend themselves against threats. According to research recently carried out […]


New research highlights growing demand for ‘Wi-Fi everywhere’

Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company, and World Wide Worx, have released the results of their 2018 Wi-Fi in South Africa study which highlights the usage, priorities, intentions and attitudes regarding Wi-Fi technology and its deployment in smart cities. “The research reveals the growing importance of Wi-Fi for both business use and local Smart City project […]


Kaspersky Lab updates IT Security Calculator tool

With IT budgets under pressure to transform and improve multiple areas of an organisation and business leaders needing to demonstrate return on every investment, the onus has long been on IT security to prove its worth. But proving ROI has traditionally been a struggle for IT professionals, who need to balance budget limitations while staying […]


Research reveals smartwatches could become tools for spying

New research from Kaspersky Lab has revealed that smartwatches can become tools for spying on their owners, by collecting silent accelerometer and gyroscope signals that – after analysis – could be turned into datasets unique to the smartwatch owner. These datasets, if misused, allow the user’s activities to be monitored, including the entering of sensitive […]


Africa’s mobile market remains flat as smartphone shipments decline

Africa’s overall mobile phone market remained flat in Q1 2018 although smartphone shipments declined for the second successive quarter, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s recently published Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that a total of 52.1 million mobile phones were shipped in Q1 […]


How South African companies can use blockchain to drive business value

Research by Accenture indicates that only 31% of local executives state that blockchain and smart contracts will be critical or very critical to their organisations over the next three years – versus a global average of 60%. Niral Patel, MD and Technology Leader for Oracle South Africa explains why South African organisations need to look at […]


Survey reveals five areas to secure DevOps, Cloud, and IoT adoption

BeyondTrust, the leading cybersecurity company dedicated to preventing privilege misuse and stopping unauthorised access, has announced the results of the 2018 Implications of Using Privileged Access Management to Enable Next-Generation Technology Survey. It survey shows that 90% of enterprises are engaged with at least one next-generation technology (NGT), such as cloud, IoT, or AI. Yet, […]


Aruba expert on why firms may fall foul on GDPR regulations

Companies risk falling foul of incoming GDPR regulations by relying on existing, piecemeal security measures, according to a new whitepaper published by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. The majority of existing defences, which use pattern matching techniques to find threats, are unable to detect new attacks that use legitimate user credentials to access sensitive […]


‘AI is redefining connectivity and a new cycle of economic growth’

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is driving a paradigm shift in how nations prepare for the digital economy and could almost double the value of the global digital economy to US$23 trillion by 2025 from $12.9 trillion in 2017 when it accounted for 17.1% of global GDP. However, a scarcity of AI talent worldwide threatens this growth, […]