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Small businesses urged to continuously upskill IT personnel

29th May 2020 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must define the scope of information technology (IT) work and skills they require, and should continuously invest in the upskilling of these individuals through courses and exams, ensuring they have all necessary qualifications to support the SME's... 

Kaspersky develops cybercapacity training programme to bolster IT resilience

29th May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky announced on May 19 that, as part of the Global Transparency Initiative, it had developed a cybersecurity skills development programme. The Cyber Capacity Building Programme will be available during the latter part of the year, says Kaspersky public affairs... 

Ctrack Freight and Transport Index records steepest decline on record

28th May 2020 The Ctrack Freight and Transport Index decreased by 14.7% in April, while cargo transfers between countries declined by almost 40%, Ctrack MD Hein Jordt says. "The dramatic decline of 14.7% in the Ctrack Freight and Transport Index for April is an important indicator of the very worrying... 

Mozambique LNG project expected to receive R267bn in funding in June

28th May 2020 A liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique is expected to receive about R267-billion, or about $15-billion, of financing commitments at a signing ceremony scheduled for June, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) oil and gas coverage head Jonathan Ross says. RMB is part of a consortium of banks... 

B4SA increasing PPE procurement from local suppliers, more funding needed

28th May 2020 Business solidarity coalition Business For South Africa (B4SA) on May 28 said the focus of its personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement platform over the past four weeks had been to pivot its procurement efforts to identify, capacitate and source from local manufacturers and black-owned... 

Engineering training hub supports undergraduates to develop community-focused solutions

28th May 2020 A community of enthusiastic hobbyists want to assist in creating solutions to help flatten the Covid-19 infection curve and the University of Johannesburg electrical and mechanical engineering training hub Resolution Circle is focusing on harnessing this and giving local hobbyists a platform to... 

IT professionals report increased cybersecurity threats related to remote working

26th May 2020 A survey has found that 71% of information technology (IT) and security professionals have reported an increase in security threats related to remote working, while Interpol and Europol have warned of a huge spike in Covid-19-related fraud, says cybersecurity multinational Check Point Africa... 

WEF provides action plan principles to combat Covid-19 cybersecurity risks

26th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 26 launched its 'Cybersecurity Leadership Principles: Lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic to prepare for the new normal' report to support business leaders to reinforce the cyber resilience of their organisations. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic... 

Trend Micro research highlights emerging deepfake ransomware, AI bot threats

26th May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Trend Micro has warned businesses about emerging threats, such as Deepfake ransomware, artificial intelligence (AI) bots, access-as-a-service and targeted subscriber identity module- (SIM-) swapping. "A layered, risk-based response is vital for mitigating the risk... 

WEF launches blockchain principles to protect users

25th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 22 launched 16 user rights for building blockchain applications that respect participant rights, safeguard data and protect users, and to serve as the foundational values for a decentralised future. "For blockchain technology to scale in its next phase,... 

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