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The terabit era: get ready for bigger DDoS attacks

The terabit era: get ready for bigger DDoS attacks

December 9, 2018 • Security, Southern AfricaComments Off on The terabit era: get ready for bigger DDoS attacks

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 that, with thousands of attacks reportedly underway across the world at any given time, large...

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Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles

December 7, 2018 • SecurityComments Off on Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles

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

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

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 Off on Festive fraud: this time it’s personal

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 Off on Biometrics has a keen stake in the war on identity fraud

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...

Cybersecurity predictions for 2019 according to Panda Security Annual Report

South African cybercrime bill enters its final legislative cycle

December 5, 2018 • Security, Top StoriesComments Off on South African cybercrime bill enters its final legislative cycle

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

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...

Old IoT vulnerabilities – a botnet gift that keeps on giving

What’s ahead for cybersecurity in 2019?

December 5, 2018 • SecurityComments Off on What’s ahead for cybersecurity in 2019?

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 Off on Consumers can now sign up for black using their mobile number

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 Off on Getting to grips with ‘Silent Cyber’

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 Off on Cloud implementations growing but strategies lack security

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

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 Off on Quora network breach affects 100 million users

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...

The inevitable convergence of physical and cybersecurity

The inevitable convergence of physical and cybersecurity

December 4, 2018 • SecurityComments Off on The inevitable convergence of physical and cybersecurity

It may not be immediately clear as to how, but physical and cybersecurity are converging and the need for a combination of cyber and physical defences will soon, if they aren’t already, become a non-negotiable addition to enterprise security systems. When...

Growth in Africa drives channel market says Westcon and Ruckus Networks

December 3, 2018 • Cloud Computing, SecurityComments Off on Growth in Africa drives channel market says Westcon and Ruckus Networks

The channel market is changing. Not only are we seeing a trend emerging where solutions across different categories are combining to create a more holistic, horizontal approach to the channel offering. But we are also seeing that new lines of business today...