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Boards finally ‘get’ security

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It was long overdue, but 2017 can be seen as the year the boards of South African companies finally sat up and paid attention to information security, says PAUL WILLIAMS, Country Manager – Southern Africa at Fortinet.

“As recently as just a few months ago, the Fortinet Global Enterprise Security Survey found that 41% of local IT decision-makers believed that IT security is still not a top priority discussion for the board. But we see evidence that this is changing,” says Williams.

With the survey also finding that a full 82% of South African enterprises surveyed have been victims of a security breach in the past two years, along with the pending enactment Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act and the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill set to hold the board more accountable, information security is becoming a business priority at last, says Williams.

“High-profile local breaches in recent months have emphasized the fact that South Africa is fully a part of the global village, and is not immune to cybercrime. In addition, many local organisations began a significant move to cloud technologies this year, making security a key consideration as part of their migration and new digital enterprise strategies.”

Williams notes that this new prioritization of information security has driven a significant increase in IT security spend in South Africa – predicted to top R7 billion this year. “This is more than double the spend only two years ago,” he says. Investment in information security is expected to climb still further next year.

Coming in 2018

Fortinet expects to see broader adoption of advanced, intelligent software defined network security in 2018, as organisations move from complex and inadequate legacy systems to integrated, intelligent and automated security.

“The arrival of intelligent network security, pioneered by Fortinet’s Security Fabric, along with pending new legislation, the growing risk faced by South African enterprises and increasing awareness of the need for proactive – rather than reactive – IT security, are all changing the IT security landscape, he says.

Williams predicts increasingly sophisticated arming of security technology next year. At the same time, he believes cybercriminals will up their game, with more significant breaches likely. “Sectors that we believe are still particularly vulnerable in South Africa are the public sector and the healthcare sector,” he says.

Cloud adoption, moves to the digital enterprise and a new focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will also drive the prioritisation of information security next year, says Williams.

“It was too long in coming, but South African enterprises are at last starting to integrate information security throughout their operations, focus more on security awareness and skills development, and prioritising security as part of their business strategy. We expect this trend to develop further next year,” says Williams.

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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