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Kenya’s Safaricom says national police surveillance system live

May 27, 2015 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kenya’s Safaricom says a new national police surveillance system has gone live. Despite a number of groups voicing concerns over the new system and what it could mean for privacy in the East African country, the country has gone ahead with the system. The KES 14.9 billion National Surveillance, Communication and Control System links all [&hellip...

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New scam uses Windows Live ID to capture information

May 21, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

According to Kaspersky Lab, experts are warning of a new scam that uses Windows Live ID as bait to catch personal information stored in user profiles on services like Xbox LIVE, Zune, Hotmail, Outlook, MSN, Messenger and OneDrive – Which are currently...

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Technology is not the silver bullet for cyber security threats

May 21, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

In Africa as well as globally Cyber security is no longer an IT problem, but rather a priority of the highest levels at a majority of organisations. The reason for this is simple – cyber threats have become a serious issue that costs businesses money,...

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18 percent of South Africans lost backup copies of data

May 19, 2015 • SecurityComments (0)

According to Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 18 percent of South African users who kept backup copies of their data on physical media eventually lost these copies. In the modern world, where information is highly valuable, it is important to not only...

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Is 2015 the year of a data dystopia?

May 7, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

With news of the 2015 Oscar winners still ringing in our ears, there is something about this time of year that makes watching a good film particularly satisfying. However, even amidst so many great new releases, there is nothing like sitting down and watching...

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Rethink security to beat tomorrow’s threats

May 6, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

The transformation of enterprise IT can seem like one of the biggest challenges for security professionals as there is a whole new skill set required today to protect data. It’s no longer about providing employees an all access pass to the network, it’s...

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Do plug-in devices pose a threat to IT security?

April 24, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Plugging in peripheral devices into work computers and other assets like printers is pretty commonplace in today’s businesses, even across Africa. Employees in a lot of companies literally have free reign to plug in whatever they want – be it a smartphone...

Ecommerce

How safe is eCommerce globally and in Africa?

April 23, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Check Point Software Technologies has revealed that its Malware and Vulnerability Research Group recently discovered a critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in eBay’s Magento web eCommerce platform, affecting nearly 200 000 online shops around...

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Device users think passwords are of no value to cyber criminals

April 22, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

One in five Internet users, in South Africa, assume their passwords are of no value to cyber criminals, according to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International. However, passwords are the keys to the account holders’ personal data, private...

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How to escape from CoinVault Ransomeware

April 14, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

From today, victims of CoinVault ransomware have a chance to retrieve their data without paying the criminals, thanks to a repository of decryption keys and a decryption application made available online by Kaspersky Lab and the National High Tech Crime Unit...

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Securing commercial environments is vital when protecting your business

March 31, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Crime is a reality when doing business in any part of the world, and as such, security solutions are essential for any commercial environment. The aim of such solutions is multi-fold – they act as a deterrent to petty criminals, prevent unauthorised access...

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Security issue found in wearable fitness wristband

March 27, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Fitness trackers of all kinds have become extremely popular, helping people to manage their physical activity and calorie intake and stay in shape. However, such devices also process important personal data about their owners and it is important to keep it...

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A quarter of users don’t understand the risks of Mobile Cyberthreats

March 24, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Mobile devices are more popular than ever, especially across the African continent, but their owners still underestimate the danger they might encounter. According to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 28% of users globally know...

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Rise in mobile malware calls for efficient monitoring

March 17, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Africa-based smartphone users must be savvier about the sites they visit, what they download, and the apps they use on their devices. Mobile malware is becoming more prevalent. So says Richard Broeke from IT security services vendor, Securicom. “Designed to...

Top 5 2015 Cyber Security Threat Predictions

Top 5 myths surrounding DDoS protection

March 4, 2015 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Buying in to outdated beliefs and pure myth around DDoS protection is a gamble, says Arbor Networks. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have evolved to become a lot more sinister than they once were. Yet too many organisations are pinning their...

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Are politically motivated cyber-attacks becoming a reality?

February 24, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Following last year’s much publicised Sony cyber-attack, in which Sony executives were left red-faced following the leak of sensitive company information into the public domain, Richard Keymer Head of Pre-Sales at SecureData Africa, a security focused...