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  • 3 ways employees can risk your firm’s cybersecurity (and what to do about it)

    Employees have been called the weakest link in a business's cybersecurity – a particularly notable problem in a time where high-profile hacks and ransomware attacks are on the rise. A favourite target of hackers is small-to-medium business – as they often have higher cash pools than individuals, but lack the cybersecurity of major institutions. But even if your cybersecurity is up to scratch, an employee who is unfamiliar with digital threats can cost you dearly. Here are three ways your employees can put your business cybersecurity at risk: Opening emails with malicious software While many people have wised up to the typical scams that...

  • Vodacom’s IoT division now connects ‘three million things’ in South Africa

    Hot on the heels of MTN Business's Internet of Things (IoT) network announcement, Vodacom revealed that its IoT division is now connecting more than "three million 'things'" across South Africa. Deon Liebenberg, the managing exec of Vodacom's IoT division explained that this is a clear indication of the growth of IoT and related technologies in the country. "It’s worth noting that it took us eight years to get to two million connections and it took us only one year to get to three million," he explained. "The rate of IoT adoption is picking up speed locally and with the commercial rollout of...

  • MTN Business announces dedicated IoT network

    MTN has today announced a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network that it suggests will "enhance security of business-critical information". It quoted two distinct network technologies, namely LoRaWAN and NarrowBand-IoT. LoRaWAN can be viewed as WAN's low-power, low bit-rate cousin. It transfers less data than traditional WAN, but is used to connect devices that usually feature battery-powered sensors. NarrowBand-IoT, or NB-IoT, is typically used for indoor devices, and is allocated a slice of spectrum within the LTE band. MTN's new network will carry full support for both. "e have created a dedicated network that has its own core business support systems and operational...

  • 5 team collaboration tools for your tiny startup or big business

    Starting a business is difficult enough – but making sure that everyone on the team is on the same page and constantly communicating is an entire challenge on its own. The increasing trend of remote work is making this even more apparent. Luckily, there are a variety of solutions for businesses that are both convenient and free. Here are five of the best collaborative apps and platforms that will help keep your team coordinated… Trello Trello is a productivity platform and collaboration tool that allows users to keep track of tasks, project progress and stages within a process. The site’s boards are very versatile...

  • Gartner forecasts 7% jump in global information security spend in 2017

    According to global analytics firm Gartner and its latest global expenditure forecast, companies are no longer taking information security for granted. The firm notes that worldwide coin dropped on information security products is set to increase by 7% year-on-year in 2017. That's an overall spend of US$86.4-billion. Driving this increase are "continued data breaches and growing demands for application security testing as part of DevOps", Gartner notes in a press release. "Spending on emerging application security testing tools, particularly interactive application security testing (IAST), will contribute to the growth of this segment through 2021," it adds. Notably, spend is set to increase yet...

  • Disruptive technology: which poses the biggest risk to businesses?

    There’s a great deal of discussion about disruptive technologies today. From 3D printing to block chain to self-driving, autonomous cars and trucks, we’re seeing a world going digital. Thirteen disruptive technologies are commonly in use today, including: Sensors Internet of Things (IoT) devices Telematics Smart buildings Fintech Drones 3D printing Advanced robotics Wearables Blockchain Artificial intelligence It’s not at all hard to find panicked descriptions of the digital world or dire predictions of a world where all knowledge -- even the frightening things that should be kept private -- will be connected to all of the people. We are hearing vast predictions of dangers...

  • Worldwide IT expenditure set to increase by 4.5% in 2017

    Yesterday Memeburn reported positive news for the South African IT space, an industry predicted to experience solid growth in 2017. Today research firm IDC has published its findings on global IT expenditure. This year's worldwide IT spend is set to increase to US$2.1-trillion, an increase of 4.5% over 2016. This after 2016 experienced a year-on-year growth spurt of 2.5%. IDC suggests that infrastructure hardware, mobile hardware and enterprise software are leading the gains. Expenditure on data centres and server hardware is set to balloon by 4% in 2017, while Infrastructure-as-a-Service spending is set to exceed US$25-billion. This increase, IDC claims, is due to...

  • PhishNet sends mock-phishing emails to employees for the greater good

    Telecommunications company Internet Solutions (IS) has debuted a new service that allows security teams in companies to launch authentic phishing attacks on their colleagues, scaring them stiff and teaching them valuable lessons about cyber security. Dubbed PhishNet, the service aims to educate staffers about the nature, mechanics and calling cards of a phishing attack while providing the companies with data on their security practices and infrastructure. PhishNet's debut comes at a time when cyber security is paramount in media and mainstream conversation, following the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks. WannaCry in particular -- which infected more than 250 000 computers...

  • South Africa’s IT spend to total R266bn in 2017

    According to a report by research giant Gartner, South Africa's total IT spend is set to hit R266.1-billion by year-end -- a 2.4% increase over 2016. "South Africa has traditionally underinvested in IT," Gartner's VP John-David Lovelock notes, but did suggest that expenditure is slowly rising due to a keen focus on specific areas. "South African organisations continue to prioritise investments in software, as software spending is the means by which they will catch up with the rest of the world." Notably, there is a vast spending differential between hardware, software and services. Gartner suggests that software is the sector experiencing the biggest growth...