Category Archives: ICT

Reliable fast connectivity is key to quality Namibian tourist experience

With over one million tourists per annum, Namibia is known globally as a top ecotourism destination and it’s a sector that’s growing as evidenced by the 5% year on year growth in international traffic into Namibia. read more

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AfriLabs welcomes new Hubs into its Pan-African Network

AfriLabs; The largest network of over 50 technology and innovation hubs across over 20 African countries has expanded by 11 new hub members, also extending its membership base to two new African countries – Chad and Democratic Republic of Congo. read more

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Digital IQ for African companies track global averages—but South Africa is at risk of falling behind: PwC report

Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with many chief executives not yet fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their global peers in many measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or greater. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%. read more

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Regulations Protecting South Africans against Credit Card Fraud Among Strictest in the World

Karl Westvig, the CEO of Retail Capital

Credit card fraud is still rife in South Africa, but merchants and customers using credit cards still have some comfort in the knowledge that their transactions are protected by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The key tenets of PCI DSS is to prevent fraud. read more

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Digital Advertisement vs Traditional Media in Africa

Technological advancement is growing rapidly globally. In Africa, there is a continuous rise in digital spending and development. In West Africa, Nigeria and Ghana are clear examples of how individuals and cooperate agencies are using tech to solve problem. However, there is also a growing lack of efficient digital advertisement. As the population of mobile phone users grow across the continent, there is no such growth of digital advertisement. Majority of advertisement is till channeled through traditional media. In Ghana, the majority of Small and Medium Enterprises are more interested in traditional media as a mode of advertisement though they do not have the financial means to advertise on the platforms of their choice. Tech gurus with solutions to digital marketing are resorting to private clients to sell their services to them. This has contributed largely to the inefficiency of digital advertisement in Africa – there is a lack of institution to sell the services. read more

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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. read more

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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. read more

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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. read more

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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. read more

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