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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 […]

Digital connectivity is key to new era of sustainability

Articles by Ziad Salameh, MD and GM, west region of Cisco Middle East Countries, regions and the world at large face a growing list of challenges. Food, water, job creation and widening gap between rich and poor appear insufficient, driving social and political instability. However, there appear to be solutions to tackle these insurmountable challenges. […]

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. […]

SAP study reveals four key traits of a Digital Transformation Leader

While 84% of global companies say that digital transformation is critical to their survival in the next five years, only 3% have completed company-wide transformation efforts, shows a new study from SAP SE. The study, supported by Oxford Economics, was released at SAP Leonardo Live, held 11–12 July in Frankfurt, Germany. Significantly, the results could […]

Industry 4.0 is gathering speed in Africa

Industry experts from SAP, Orange Business Services and Delloite speak to Intelligent CIO Africa about the impact of the fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa. Industry 4.0 describes the digitisation and automation of traditional manufacturing and production methods and is an opportunity to streamline processes, enhance efficiency and improve safety. A 2016 study by Deloitte titled […]

Cisco South Africa launches Cybersecurity Experience Centre and Academy

Globally, there were more than a million job openings in cybersecurity in 2016 and the demand for cybersecurity experts has grown three times faster than any other IT role. The shortage of cybersecurity professionals threatens both the private and public sectors in attempts to defend against the relentless evolution of cybercrime and shifting attack modes. […]

Death to passwords: identity management in the modern age

By Deepak Narain, Regional Presales Manager – MENA, VMware, one of the world’s leading enablers of digital transformation. Who are you? And can you prove it? These are the two questions your technology asks you every morning. And we now have a variety of ways to answer them: from typing complex, though hopefully memorable, passwords, […]

The Global Community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership

GIL 2017: Africa • Date: Thursday, 17 August 2017 • Venue: Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa Frost & Sullivan’s seventh consecutive Growth Innovation and Leadership (GIL) 2017: Africa summit reconvenes on 17 August, 2017 at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Visionary C-level executives from all over Africa will gather to […]

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, […]

GoldenEye Ransomware: Redstor advises South Africa to brace for impact

The newest follow-on attack from WannaCry has got cybersecurity professionals in South Africa paying attention, particularly because many businesses still rely on outdated software and do not regularly perform updates on their systems. The strain of Petya ransomware strain has been identified as GoldenEye and is expected to be a large-scale attack across the globe. […]

Petya: how to protect your business from the latest global ransomware attack

Becky Pinkard, Vice President, Service Delivery and Intelligence Operations, Digital Shadows: Digital Shadows is warning businesses impacted by the latest ransomware attack Petya not to pay the $300 bitcoin fee as Posteo administrators have disconnected the email address associated with paying the ransomware to get unlock keys for impacted systems. It means that if anyone […]

Vodacom opens Narrowband Internet of things lab at South Africa’s Vodaworld

Vodacom has opened a Narrowband Internet of things (NB-IoT) laboratory at its Vodaworld campus to incubate and commercialise machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of things (IoT) systems using narrowband networking. Vodacom announced late last year that it has commenced its NB-IoT network build, which it will launch commercially in major metropolitan areas across South Africa later […]

Microsoft SA, Intervate and 2enable launch online portal to empower students

Microsoft South Africa, together with Intervate and 2enable, have created a portal for young South Africans, called Through this portal, young people can activate licences for the Microsoft Office 365 suite and OneDrive cloud-based storage services free of charge. The main objective is to enable learners from grades R to 12 to become more […]

Cisco unveils network of the future that can learn, adapt and evolve

Cisco have unveiled intent-based networking solutions that represent one of the most significant breakthroughs in enterprise networking. The introduction is the culmination of Cisco’s vision to create an intuitive system that anticipates actions, stops security threats in their tracks and continues to evolve and learn. It will help businesses to unlock new opportunities and solve […]

McAfee Labs report reviews 30-Year evolution of evasion techniques

McAfee Inc. has released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2017, which examines the origins and inner workings of the Fareit password stealer, provides a review of the 30-year history of evasion techniques used by malware authors, explains the nature of steganography as an evasion technique, assesses reported attacks across industries and reveals growth trends […]

Africa makes technology work like nowhere else on earth

Article by Arthur Goldstuck Founder and Managing Director at World Wide Worx. One single statistic revealed this week summed up a dramatic shift in technology use across Africa. At the Saphila 2017 conference at Sun City, where customers of the global enterprise software company SAP gathered, the company announced that its cloud software business had […]

Big data in African healthcare

The delivery of healthcare services in Africa is under pressure to change and no one can be certain how the industry will evolve. What is certain is that future trends will be driven by access to big data, to shape new models of care in driving innovative, affordable and accessible services, across this diverse continent. […]

Saphila brings predictions of what digital will deliver by 2027

“There are new forces at play in the old world that we know so well. We are at the beginning of a revolution and are beginning to perceive the true potential of tomorrow’s world.” You could be forgiven for thinking that you were reading the opening of a science fiction novel, but in actual fact, […]

Why practical skills training should be a strategic imperative for SA’s IT leaders

Article by Gareth Hawkey, CEO of redPanda Software. In a business environment that is now largely driven by innovative IT and software, there is massive demand for skilled and highly trained IT professionals. Sadly, as has been well documented, there is an increasingly dire shortage of these individuals in the local sphere. This lack in […]

Why Wi-Fi as a Service is the future of business, retail and marketing

As the information age continues to deliver on innovation, constant change and continuous improvement, tech journals are buried in SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and various other common technologically driven services. With connectivity binding all technology together, there’s one important service that must be considered for the future of business, retail and marketing; WiFi as a service […]