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Friday, 30 August, 2019
Quote of the week
"Spectrum is a scarce and finite resource, which when used for broadband, is an enabler for economic activity and development. "
- National Treasury
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Cyber security is a great threat to companies and organization in this digital age of internet and ICT. It is, therefore, advisable to be proactive in preventing cyber attacks against important both personally and organizationally. Small businesses are as much targets as larger corporates – virtually all businesses have Web sites nowadays, and 17.6 million Web sites have malware at any given time.
In 2017, 147.9 million consumers were affected by the Equifax breach. “After all, while plenty of attacks do indeed arrive via the Internet, they can also show up at the front desk with a USB drive, or peer over your shoulder in a busy coffee shop,” she notes. “Organisations need to conduct a proper risk assessment and then develop a roadmap matched to their cyber security strategy – you need to know where you are going and how to get there. It’s also important to get guidance on the tools necessary to address any gaps and minimise the risks identified.” says Veeran Patel - Manager: Cyber Resilience at ContinuitySA
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While on the subject of internet security, it has been recently reported that phishing is on the rise in SA, with 53% of South Africans reporting an increase in phishing attacks with malicious links or attachments. “Spear-phishing relies on social engineering, so it is well researched, highly targeted at the receiver and is difficult for an uneducated end-user to spot.
It’s really only a matter of time until an organisation with insufficient security and user awareness training falls victim to these sophisticated attacks.” It is advisable that companies and organizations ensure their own e-mail is safe by implementing secure e-mail gateways, and making sure that their supply chain partners use appropriate cyber security.
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