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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got cybersecurity professionals in South Africa paying attention, particularly because many businesses still rely on outdated software and do not regularly perform updates on their systems.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 Mahala.ms. 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 […]


Simplifying disaster recovery through cloud

The global landscape is characterised by two contra-acting forces. On one side we have increased environmental, geopolitical, economic, and sociological upheavals building up in almost every region. This is increasing the awareness of nations and businesses to build resilience and disaster recovery solutions into their day to day fabrics of operation. On the other hand, […]


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 […]


Subsea cable to reinforce Mauritius as a communication hub in sub-Saharan Africa

A new submarine cable system, IOX Cable System, spanning more than 8850 kilometres, will enhance communications capabilities along the India to South Africa route, providing the first open cable in Mauritius and connecting for the first time the island of Rodrigues. IOX Cable Ltd – a Mauritius-based company – and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part […]


Cisco and IBM join forces to tackle cybercrime

Cisco and IBM Security have announced they are working together to address the growing global threat of cybercrime. In a new collaboration, Cisco and IBM Security will work closely together across products, services and threat intelligence for the benefit of customers. Cisco Security Solutions will integrate with IBM’s QRadar to protect organisations across networks, endpoints […]


Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa launched to increase cybersecurity

The Internet Society and the African Union Commission have unveiled a new set of Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa during the African Internet Summit, taking place in Nairobi 30 May – 2 June. The guidelines will help Africa create a more secure Internet infrastructure and are set to change the way African Union States […]


PWC’s Digital IQ Survey shows South Africa is at risk of falling behind

Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with many chief executives not yet fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their global peers in many measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s […]


Liquid Telecom to integrate Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into its network

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, and Intelsat, operator of the world’s first globalised network and leader in integrated satellite communications, have announced a new agreement that will introduce high performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid Telecom network. As part of the new, multi-year agreement, Liquid Telecom has committed […]


South African health insurer Discovery reaches 100,000 daily transactions with FICO

Silicon Valley analytics software company FICO announced that Discovery Health in South Africa is using the FICO Decision Management Suite to process as many as 100,000 transactions a day. As South Africa’s largest administrator of medical schemes with more than 3.2 million beneficiaries, Discovery Health uses FICO Blaze Advisor decision rules management system to assist […]


DDoS cyberattacks double due to insufficient security controls for IoT devices

The number of denial-of-service (DoS) or distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattacks doubled from 3% to 6% in 2016, due to the lack of sufficient security controls of Internet-connected Internet of things (IoT) devices. Of all IoT attacks, 60% originated from Asia, 21% from EMEA and another 19% from the Americas. The most likely reason for the high […]


Ecobank Group and Mastercard recognised at African Banker Awards

The strategic partnership between the Ecobank Group and Mastercard was recognised at the 2017 African Banker Award for delivering ‘Innovation in Banking’. The landmark deal between both organisations was signed in 2016 and focused on financially empowering 100 million new customers in Africa by 2020, through access to the Ecobank Mobile App supported by Masterpass […]