Category Archives: Security

SA’s Cyber Crimes Bill edges forward amid increased attacks

IT WEB With more South Africans now working from home, it has amplified the need for the country’s Cyber Crimes Bill, which has been years in the making, to become law. This is the sentiment shared by legal experts commenting on the latest developments concerning SA’s legislation that deals with cyber crimes. During a virtual meeting recently, […]

There are 577 Malware Attacks in South Africa Every Hour, Research Shows

IT NEWS AFRICA The 2019 KnowBe4 African Report found that the continent is increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The report highlighted how vulnerable users were when it came to recognising cyber-threats and managing their risk profiles. In 2020, Accenture released a report entitled ‘Insight into the Cyberthreat Landscape in South Africa’ that revealed that there are around […]

Beware of coronavirus scams

MY BROADBAND Disturbingly, hackers are active even during times of global disaster, as evidenced in the various cyber-scams doing the rounds in the recent weeks. “We urge all consumers and businesses to be aware of these pervading scams and to take immediate reactive and preventative action,” said Andre Kannemeyer, CTO at Duxbury Networking – distributors […]

Government establishes COVID-19 tracing database, quells spying fears

IT WEB While government will be setting up a national tracing database to determine the exposure of persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), it says it will appoint a judge to safeguard the rights of citizens whose information will be tracked and traced. Yesterday, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and ministers of […]

Businesses adopt IoT despite security risks

IT Online The use of Internet of Things (IoT) business platforms is growing year-on-year in almost all industries – in 2019, 80% of companies in the META region implemented IoT applications. The technology is benefiting businesses with savings, new income streams and increased production efficiency, but the fact that 51% of META organisations experience cybersecurity […]

GDPR heralds new age of robust data management

IT -WEB The age of businesses collecting, using and storing personal data any way they choose is over and the massive impact of consumers and companies flexing their newfound data privacy muscles takes GDPR to the top of a CIO’s priority list. Stuart Pearce, Managing Director of data specialist TD Global, urges business leaders to […]

Data breach exposes need to secure cloud servers

IT-Online A data breach at a recruitment company exposed by GlobalData’s Verdict has underlined the need for companies to check cloud servers are secure. An unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket meant that the personal data of more than 17 000 individuals was left exposed by recruitment company Crew and Concierge, Verdict reports. GlobalData technology […]

The ‘password reset’ email phishing scam is still extremely effective

Memeburn People are still falling for password reset phishing schemes online, this according to a report by KnowBe4. Phishing is the act of fraudulently attempting to garner sensitive information through fake emails, forms or sites parading as the real thing. The security firm published its Q4 2019 survey of “tens of thousands of email subject […]

How your network can be hacked from a lightbulb

IT Online Internet of Things (IoT) devices as simple as light bulbs could be used to help intruders hack into home and business networks. Check Point Research, the threat intelligence arm of Check Point Software Technologies has revealed vulnerabilities that would enable a hacker to deliver ransomware or other malware to business and home networks […]