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Cyber Security

Secure your business: essential protection measures to take

Article written by Alex Hoffman (Engagement Manager - Syft Analytics)

In previous articles, we have worked through just a few of the many things you can do to grow your business and improve operational efficiency. But there's an essential element we haven't yet considered - keeping your business safe.

We've noted that data is critical in making good decisions to grow your business. But what if the data you are basing your decisions on is wrong? Well, then, the decisions you make might be wrong, too – and you might be going full steam ahead in the wrong direction!

SMEs to ignore cyber security at their peril

By Ignus de Villiers, Managing Executive Liquid C2 Cyber Security

One of the myths that surround cyber security is that small-to-medium-enterprises (SMEs) don’t need it to the same extent larger Enterprises do. The perceived wisdom is that cybercriminals – aiming to score a payday or cause widespread damage - target mainly large corporations, governments, and global organisations to maximise their impact.

According to a report by Liquid C2, which features research and analyses across Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe about evolving cyber security threats, cyber-attacks against large enterprises have ramped up dramatically. The report further reveals that the number of cyber-attacks on businesses in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia increased by 76%, and while the research was compiled using data from large corporations, SMEs should sit up and take notice too.

Navigating the cyber resilience journey: understanding your attack surface

In today's world, technology is the backbone of every operation, making cyber resilience more critical than ever. With threats like data breaches and ransomware attacks on the rise, it's essential for businesses to strengthen their cyber defences. The first step in this journey is understanding your attack surface. In this article, we'll explore why it's crucial to identify and understand the attack surface, the risks involved, and how to effectively manage them, all while partnering with Securicom to ensure your business's safety.

Make your mark with confidence this May!

Article by Traci Maynard (Judy Security)

On May 29, 2024, our nation’s citizens will wield their power at the polls, casting their votes. This pivotal election aligns with South Africa’s commemoration of 30 years of freedom and democracy. Seize this moment to make your mark and actively shape our country’s destiny.

It is a fact that Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) hold the key to our nation’s future. According to the Small Business Institute, these enterprises play a vital role in South Africa’s economy. They contribute significantly to the country’s GDP and provide employment for millions. However, their economic significance also renders them prime targets for cybercriminals.

Cybersecurity 101: Safeguarding small and medium businesses (SMBs) in an online world

In the digital age, cybersecurity is a critical concern for businesses of all sizes. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide on how SMBs can safeguard their digital assets and thrive in an online world. As a small or medium business owner, you may think that you are not a target for cybercriminals, or that you have nothing valuable to lose. However, according to a recent study by Sage, 48% of SMBs in South Africa have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, and 25% have experienced more than one. The most common incident reported was stolen laptops (28%), followed by ransomware attacks (9%).

7 mobile cybersecurity threats to be aware of

With our smartphones becoming pocket computers and the development of the Internet of Things, it was only natural that cybercrime would move to mobile devices. Mobile devices are very susceptible to invasion as people are a bit more relaxed on their use of devices especially if it is a business and personal device. Let’s look at the seven mobile cybersecurity threats you need to be aware of.

1. Check your physical security

The looming threat: Cybersecurity and small to medium businesses in South Africa

Article written by Darren Hamburg (ICT Engineer at VNQ Systems)

South Africa has emerged as the hub for cybercrime in Africa, as indicated by a report from Interpol highlighting the escalating cyber threats. Surprisingly, South Africa now ranks third globally regarding the number of victims affected by cybercrime. This emphasizes the requirement for cybersecurity measures.

In a digitized world, the significance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. From data breaches to large-scale cyberattacks, the threat landscape is constantly changing. Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) in South Africa find themselves at the forefront of this battle. In this article, we will delve into the issue of cybersecurity and its impact on SMBs in South Africa. We will explore the challenges these enterprises face, the potential repercussions of cybersecurity practices, and strategies to safeguard their digital assets.

Five considerations for small and medium businesses building secure cloud solutions

Article written by by Lavanya Bandari and Deepti Venuturumilli (Amazon Web Services)

Security is often top of the mind for small and medium sized business (SMB) leaders as they plan to invest more in cloud computing. They want to be able to identify security events, protect systems and services, and maintain the confidentiality and integrity of data. SMBs are challenged with limited knowledge or information on cost to support secured cloud solutions. Security tools and techniques can play an important role in securing SMBs data because they support objectives such as preventing financial, reputational, legal loss, or complying with regulatory obligations. However, it can be challenging for SMBs early in their cloud journey to know how to prioritize and develop a strong security strategy.

Armour up: protecting yourself from DDoS attacks

Article written by Tarquin Rohlandt (Executive Head: Connectivity & Services at Liquid Intelligent Technologies)

Picture this: It’s Black Friday and it’s time to take advantage of the massive sale on your favourite online shop. You’ve been receiving emails all month in the run-up to the day and you’ve bookmarked several items that you just have to have – and their prices for one day only are ridiculously low. You open the browser, head to the store and….

You find yourself staring at a blank page. The service is unavailable. You refresh. You close the browser and reopen it. You clear your cache. You restart your modem. Rinse, repeat. Still nothing. The site is down.

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