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IBM Quantum Challenge Africa: How African Researchers are building a quantum community

Amira Abbas, Mmapula Baloi and Ismail Akhalwaya of IBM Research Africa, discuss quantum computing on the African continent and which organisations are well positioned to gain the most from this emerging technology. Quantum computing promises to unlock problem-solving capabilities that could change the world. But which parts of the world might it change? And who […]

Proofpoint’s annual report: How 2020 transformed today’s threat landscape

Cybersecurity and compliance company, Proofpoint Inc, has unveiled its annual Human Factor Report, which provides a comprehensive examination of the three main facets of user risk—vulnerability, attacks and privilege—and how the extraordinary events of 2020 transformed the current threat landscape. Human Factor 2021 draws on data and insight from a year’s worth of research, covering […]

Standard Chartered: Suppliers risk US$35 billion if they don’t cut carbon emissions

A new study by Standard Chartered has revealed that multinational companies will cut suppliers for failing to curb carbon emissions, with 78% of multinationals (MNCs) planning to remove suppliers that endanger their carbon transition plan by 2025. For South African suppliers who fail to transition alongside their MNC partners, this could mean a loss in […]

Tenable research finds serious vulnerability in Microsoft Teams

Tenable has disclosed details of a serious vulnerability in Microsoft Teams discovered by its Zero-Day Research Team. By abusing PowerApps functionality (a separate product used within Teams for building and using custom business apps), threat actors could gain persistent read/write access to a victim user’s email, Teams chats, OneDrive, Sharepoint and a variety of other […]

Kaspersky sheds light on the ransomware ecosystem

Ransomware is on the tip of everyone’s tongue every time businesses discuss cyberthreats they are likely to face in 2021. Attackers have built their brands and are bold in their advances like never before, with the news about organisations being hit with ransomware consistently on newspaper front pages. But by placing themselves under the spotlight, […]

The state of procurement in SA and opportunity for digital solutions

A good number of South African companies find themselves in a fairly precarious position when it comes to procurement because they have yet to properly integrate their basic processes and their weaknesses have come to be more evident during this time that limits peoples’ movement and physical contact. Anne-Emmanuelle Grené, Head, Oxalys South Africa, explains […]

Two-thirds of businesses will change operating model to focus on employee experience

The results show that more alignment with employees is needed but nearly half of businesses plan tech investments to further improve the workplace experience. The findings consider how the pandemic has shaped the workplace experience for over 1,100 business leaders and employees worldwide. EMEA business leaders are out of touch with what employees want in […]

Study shows global public sector ‘Cloud Smart’ strategies validated by COVID-19 response

Nutanix has announced the global public sector industry findings of its third annual Enterprise Cloud Index Report, measuring organizations’ plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds. The findings point to a concentrated modernization effort throughout the sector over the past few months, with 70% of respondents saying COVID-19 has caused IT to be viewed […]

Study reveals integration challenges threaten Digital Transformation

MuleSoft, a provider of integration and API platform, has reported that integration challenges continue to be a major roadblock for Digital Transformation initiatives. MuleSoft’s ‘2021 Connectivity Benchmark Report’ found that IT teams are spending over a third of their time on integration projects and custom integrations are costing large enterprises on average US$3.5 million each […]

Gartner survey reveals over half of CIOs plan to increase full-time IT employees in 2021

Fifty-five percent of CIOs plan to increase their total number of full-time employees (FTEs) in IT across the course of 2021, according to a recent survey from Gartner. They will predominantly focus staffing growth in the areas of automation, cloud and analytics platforms and support for remote work. “The critical role IT played across most […]

New research shows shift to remote work has intensified data protection challenges

Barracuda, a global provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, has released key findings from a recent report ‘The state of Office 365 backup’. Commissioned by Barracuda, the research surveyed global IT decision makers to capture their opinions and perspectives about Office 365, data security, backup and recovery, SaaS solutions, and a variety of related topics.  Overall, […]

IBM Study: 84% of South African C-Suite executives pursuing hybrid cloud strategies

A new IBM study conducted by the International Data Corporation (IDC), has revealed that 84% of South African C-Suite are eitherpursuing or planning hybrid cloud strategies. According to the study, C-Suite executives in South Africa are prioritising the implementation of hybrid cloud strategies to benefit from flexibility, cost savings, testing and development, as well as […]

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