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Collaboration is key to protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats

December 10, 2018 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

National power grids are increasingly becoming a target of hackers and attacks. Several hacks have been reported across the globe in recent years, drawing the world’s attention to the vulnerability of national power supply systems, and bringing into question the safety of these and other infrastructural services. ‘Cyber attacks’ with...

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What's causing today's IT security gap?

What’s causing today’s IT security gap?

December 10, 2018 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

What’s stopping global businesses from protecting their assets despite significant investments in cybersecurity programmes? That’s the question we asked ourselves when trying to determine what the reasons are behind the dangerous gap in modern IT...

The terabit era: get ready for bigger DDoS attacks

The terabit era: get ready for bigger DDoS attacks

December 9, 2018 • Security, Southern AfricaComments (0)

When it comes to mitigating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, security professionals have long been concerned about the growing volume and frequency of such incidents. NETSCOUT Arbor, which specialises in advanced DDoS protection solutions, says...

Microsoft President Brad Smith

Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles

December 7, 2018 • SecurityComments (0)

On Thursday, 6 December 2018, Microsoft announced ethical principles for the use of its facial recognition technology, saying it would bar such technology from being used to engage in unlawful discrimination and would encourage customers to be transparent...

Attackers exploit flaw in GDPR-themed WordPress plugin to hijack websites

Attackers exploit flaw in GDPR-themed WordPress plugin to hijack websites

December 7, 2018 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

Attackers have been exploiting a security weakness in a GDPR compliance plugin for WordPress to seize control of vulnerable websites, according to a blog post by Defiant, which makes Wordfence security plugins for the web publishing platform. Importantly, the...

61 percent of consumers say social media sites pose greatest risk for exposing data

61 percent of consumers say social media sites pose greatest risk for exposing data

December 6, 2018 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

A majority of consumers are willing to walk away from businesses entirely if they suffer a data breach, with retailers most at risk, according to the research from Gemalto. Surveying 10,500 consumers globally, Gemalto found that, across all ages, 93% are...

Festive fraud: this time it's personal

Festive fraud: this time it’s personal

December 6, 2018 • Opinion, SecurityComments (0)

It’s a few weeks before Christmas. You want to surprise a family member with a new laptop, but you can’t decide which one. To find the right brand, you innocently reach out to your social media community to crowd-source some options. Suddenly, you...

Biometrics has a keen stake in the war on identity fraud

December 6, 2018 • SecurityComments (0)

Identity fraud remains one of the most prominent cybercrime threats of modern society today. Global research notes that on average businesses loose over US$ 200 billion every year – while consumers loose more than US$ 16 billion due to identity fraud. In...

South African cybercrime bill enters its final legislative cycle

South African cybercrime bill enters its final legislative cycle

December 5, 2018 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

As South Africa’s business sector continues to expand across a myriad of digital platforms, cybercrime continues to threaten this burgeoning digital sphere. “There are many victims of cybercrime, with limited recourse available in terms of current South...

How you can keep your organisation safe from mobile threats during the holidays

How you can keep your organisation safe from mobile threats during the holidays

December 5, 2018 • SecurityComments (0)

Digital transformation has pushed employees to use their personal devices for work. BYOD was previously a privilege extended to employees, but now becoming a critical component of today’s business infrastructure strategy. This problem is about to get worse...

What’s ahead for cybersecurity in 2019?

What’s ahead for cybersecurity in 2019?

December 5, 2018 • SecurityComments (0)

What lies ahead for companies, governments and individuals regarding cybersecurity in 2019? Will we see the EU government forcing US data centers to hand over data? Will the European Union issue its first major fines for organisations in contravention of its...

black launches One-Time-Pin verification for Android

Consumers can now sign up for black using their mobile number

December 5, 2018 • Mobile and Telecoms, Security, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

No email, no problem. Consumers can now sign up for SA’s premium TV entertainment service black, using their mobile numbers. Consumers simply need to enter their mobile number and a one-time-pin (OTP) will be sent to customers to complete the registration...

Getting to grips with ‘Silent Cyber’

December 4, 2018 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

As cyber risk becomes more ubiquitous, costing the globe up to R8.6 trillion a year – attacks such as NotPetya and WannaCry remind us that digital world risks are moving into the physical world with crippling business interruption, legal fees and massive...

Cloud implementations growing but strategies lack security

December 4, 2018 • Cloud Computing, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Private, public and hybrid clouds are growing in popularity as lift and shift cloud apps are making migration easier for businesses. Christian Mahncke, Enterprise Business Development at Routed, a vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, says that while...

88% of African Magento websites are at high risk from hackers

88% of African Magento websites are at high risk from hackers

December 4, 2018 • SecurityComments (0)

Security web scans and analysis performed on 842 African Magento websites – the most popular e-commerce platform globally – reveal 88% are at high or critical risk from cyber criminals, according to leading global cybersecurity experts. The latest...

Quora network breach affects 100 million users

Quora network breach affects 100 million users

December 4, 2018 • Big Data, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Quora.com, a question and answer website, is the latest on a long list of companies to suffer a massive data breach. The network breach affected the personal data of about 100 million users. Information that was compromised included things like names, email...