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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 that needs charging, an MP3 player, a camera with photos to be downloaded, [&hellip...

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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...


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...

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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...


Is Cybercrime on the rise in SA?

February 20, 2015 • Security, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

The recent announcement by the National Protection Authority of South Africa (NPA) revealed that 177 cybercrime cases had been finalised in the past year, and has highlighted the need for individuals to make sure that they are adequately protected from...

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Cyber Espionage group attacking thousands of victims globally

February 19, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team have discovered Desert Falcons – a cyber espionage group targeting multiple high profile organisations and individuals from Middle East countries. Kaspersky Lab experts consider this to be the first known...

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Nigeria: Education sector vulnerable to hackers

February 17, 2015 • Security, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

The Nigerian education sector embraced online solutions to cater for an improved record management system, e-result checker, and eLearning platform. However, this has led to increased vulnerabilities in portals of universities and other higher institutions of...

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Study reveals application economy demands new approach to security

February 16, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Protection is still the main driver for security, but a new study reveals that organisations understand that the application economy demands a new view and approach to security. The study by CA Technologies dubbed “8 Steps to Modernise Security for the...


Ransomware set to plague South Africa

February 13, 2015 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

Ransomware – a type of malware that stops people from using their computers and accessing their data until a ransom is paid to the creator – is rearing its head in South Africa, this is according to IT security vendor, Securicom. According to the company,...


Dating apps could get you hacked this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2015 • East Africa, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (1)

This Valentine’s day, your chances of finding love on an app as well as online dating sites can put you at greater risk when it comes to cyber attacks. In fact, with South Africa’s, as well as Africa’s, burgeoning mobile user market and more than...