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Rise of the Nigerian threat group SilverTerrier

In July 2014, Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 released its first threat intelligence report on Nigerian cyber actors. This report documented the observed evolution from traditional 419-style email scams to the use of commodity malware for financial gain. Applying advanced analytics across more than 8,400 samples resulted in the identification of over 500 domains supporting […]

Mobile money driving down global remittances cost, GSMA survey

The GSMA issued a report entitled, Driving a Price Revolution: Mobile Money in International Remittances, that looks at the impact of mobile money on reducing the cost of international remittances. The findings show that the cost of sending international remittances with mobile money is, on average, more than 50% less expensive than using global money […]

Poor digital hygiene enabling crime as a service, Europol 2016 report

Europol’s 2016 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment identifies an expanding cybercriminal economy exploiting increasingly Internet-enabled lives and low levels of digital hygiene. Informed largely by Europol’s law enforcement and cooperation partners, the report identifies eight main cybercrime trends and provides key recommendations to address the challenges. The volume, scope and material cost of cybercrime all […]

Lack of corporate resilience still concern, Control Risks 2016 survey

Control Risks, the global business risk consultancy, published its survey, The State of Enterprise Resilience, assessing the degree to which the concept of resilience has gained traction and become embedded within organisations. Over one third of respondents of Control Risks’ Business Resilience Survey 2016-2017 felt that their organisations lacked the relevant skills or talent to […]

McKinsey Institute researches what lies ahead for Africa

Many people are questioning whether Africa’s economic advances are running out of steam. Five years ago, growth was accelerating in almost all of the region’s diverse economies, but recently their paths have diverged. Some countries have continued to grow fast while others have experienced a marked slowdown as a result of lower resource prices and […]

McKinsey research points to new macro fundamentals in Africa

Six years ago when the McKinsey Global Institute first looked in detail at Africa’s diverse economies, almost all of them were experiencing accelerating growth. The picture today is more mixed. McKinsey Global Institute’s new report Lions on the move II: Realising the potential of Africa’s economies, finds that Africa economies growth paths have diverged. Growth […]

PwC advises urgent change in African oil industry around skills, tech, knowhow

The decline in the global oil price has led to a reduced level of activity across the African continent and had an impact on countries that traditionally depend on oil and gas revenue. Despite the bleak landscape, the African continent still offers significant opportunities in the oil and gas sector. “It is an opportune time […]

Latest ITU data shows digital divide still growing

New data released by ITU, the UN specialised agency for information and communication technology, show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion […]

EIU VMware surveys cloud adoption in five verticals

An Economist Intelligence Unit global survey of 360 technologists and senior executives predicts that cloud’s importance in multiple industries will increase almost 400% in the next five years. This high rate of growth is expected to be found in all of the industries, and in both developed and developing countries. While each industry has its […]

How cloud platforms will benefit healthcare

The power dynamics of healthcare are shifting. To date, healthcare providers have been the source and gatekeeper for all information about a patient’s health. Now, consumer technology is allowing individuals to measure their own health in greater detail, and therefore play more of an informed role in their own treatment. Technology driven investors see a […]

Freight, utility, healthcare, key for IoT investment across Africa says IDC

International Data Corporation forecasts that organisations in Africa and Middle East will invest more than $6.6 billion in Internet of Things hardware, software, services, and connectivity in 2016. IDC expects IoT revenues in the region to increase at a CAGR of 21.3% over the next four years to total more than $14.3 billion in 2020. […]

$1 Trillion IT spending affected by shift to cloud says Gartner

More than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years, said Gartner. This will make cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age. “Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant […]

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