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South Africa’s first privately owned nanosatellite is set for release from the ISS into orbit

nSight1 is a nanosatellite designed and built in South Africa and is one of 28 nanosatellites from 23 different countries launched on 18 April 2017 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. nSight1 was onboard a Cygnus cargo spacecraft, United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket en route to the International Space Station (ISS). The next milestone is the orbit injection into low-Earth, between 200km and 400km, which is scheduled for 25 May 2017; subject to ISS operations.

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Horwath Erastus & Co Kenya builds value for clients using CaseWare

A pioneering East African audit and professional services firm is adding value to its services by automating processes and harnessing the cloud.

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Wannacry: An Analysis of Competing Hypotheses

By Digital Shadows Analyst Team

On 12 May 2017, as the WannaCry ransomware spread across computer networks across the world, a variety of explanations also began to worm their way through the information security community. Who was responsible for the WannaCry campaign? And what was the objective? Ransomware suggested it was the work of cybercriminals, although, given the sheer scale of infections and disruption, some commentators suspected the hand of a nation state. Despite relentless analysis from the security research community that has brought fragments of new information to the fore, no consensus has yet been reached on an attribution for the campaign.

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Harnessing smart mobile security to drive innovation in financial services

South African consumers are becoming increasingly dependent on their mobile devices for daily banking activities. As such, there is pressure on financial service providers to adapt quickly to a mobile-first environment. Looming large among the challenges that these providers will face in transitioning to mobile is the issue of security, particularly given the growing sophistication of phishing attacks and fraud. But investing in a mobile security solution need not be a grudge purchase. The right security architecture can also be a powerful enabler – an important step towards differentiating your financial service brand.

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Facebook chooses 60 finalists in Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

Emeka Afigbo, Facebook’s Head of Platform Partnerships for the Middle East and Africa

Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa for the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots for Messenger Challenge is a contest to recognise and reward developers who create the most innovative new bots on Messenger.

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Automating Field Service for Improved Customer Service

By Kerry Hope, Business Development Manager, Magic Software South Africa

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Generation Z is living life mobile – where are banks?

By Brian Richardson, Co-Founder and CEO of WIZZIT International

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Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Awards Recognise Innovations in Dynamic Spectrum Access

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance President, Kalpak Gude,
with Dr. Martha Liliana Suárez Peñaloza, Director of Agencia Nacional del
Espectro (ANE), who collected the Award for Innovation in Dynamic Spectrum
Access Policies on behalf of ANE.

Six prestigious awards were presented to Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), Mawingu Networks, Brightwave, Microsoft and the University of Strathclyde

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DIGITAL SHADOWS: Response to Major “WannaCry” Ransomware attack

“We have seen ransomware attacks against the NHS in the past including Barts Health Trust in January. However this looks to be more serious and is potentially targeting core systems used by multiple hospitals. Unfortunately the ransomware ‘business model’ is very profitable for cyber criminals and we’ve seen multiple reports of organisations paying out in the past,” said Rick Holland, Vice President, Strategy, Digital Shadows. “Keeping up-to-date with ransomware is not easy, there are many variants. Many do get shut down and their encryption cracked, only for another version to spring up – therefore it’s a constant game of constant cat and mouse. Those within the NHS will now be looking to contain the threat. We can only hope that adequate back up measures have been put in place so that vital data can be restored and systems cleaned. Most ransomware locks data rather than steals it – if that is the case here then the threat can be somewhat contained,” Rick concluded.

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Password Vaults Alone Not Enough to Stop Data Breaches

Centrify

Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, has announced significant enhancements to its best-in-class privileged identity management (PIM) solution to stop breaches that abuse privilege. By minimizing the attack surface and controlling privileged access to the hybrid enterprise, Centrify’s new capabilities enable organizations to move from static, long-lived privilege assignments to a just-in-time model where advanced monitoring detects and alerts in real-time on the creation of backdoor accounts that make it easy to bypass a password vault.

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