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Candice Sutherland is Business Development Consultant at SHA Specialist Underwriters
  • Know the cyber-security risks of smart homes

    A recent survey by Cisco, an American multinational technology company, estimates that 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020 due to the rapid growth in the popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT). While IoT increases efficiency and convenience, consumers are exposing themselves to an increased risk of falling victim to criminal activity such as being hacked. The IoT movement offers consumers access to a network of physical objects, such as home appliances that feature an IP address for internet connectivity which enables that user to control their devices through communication between the devices connected...

  • Should you insure yourself against cyber-attacks?

    The South African 2014 cybercrime losses are estimated at R5.8-billion and statistics show it takes on average 200 days for an organisation to identify a breach. In light of this and with the recent report that the Afrikaans singer, Steve Hofmeyr’s, website was brought down by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS attack), allegedly implemented by hacktivist group Anonymous Africa, businesses and individuals must take heed and protect themselves from the possible consequences of a breach. Following the attack on Hofmeyr’s website, the group tweeted: “You will be happy to know we are currently running ‘miniop’ (mini operation) against the...