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Global cybercrime cotsts $114 billion annually

By admin, 17 września, 2011, No Comment

For the first time Norton calculates the cost of global cybercrime: $114 billion annually. Based on the value victims surveyed placed on time lost due to their cybercrime experiences, an additional $274 billion was lost. In South Africa, more than 4,646 online adults fell victim to cybercrime every day in the last year, suffering a staggering $573 million in direct financial losses and an additional $995.4 million in time spent resolving the crime. With 431 million adult victims globally in the past year and at an annual price of $388 billion globally based on financial losses and time lost, cybercrime costs the world significantly more than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined ($288 billion).

According to the Norton Cybercrime Report 2011 over 8 in 10 adults (84 percent), in South Africa have been a victim of cybercrime in their lifetime. Among these, 74 percent have fallen prey in the last 12 months alone. Globally, every second, 14 adults become a victim of cybercrime, resulting in more than one million cybercrime victims every day.For the first time, the Norton Cybercrime Report reveals that 16 percent of South African adults online have experienced cybercrime on their mobile phone. In fact, the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 16, reported there were 42 percent more mobile vulnerabilities, globally in 2010 compared to 2009 – a sign that cybercriminals are starting to focus their efforts on the mobile space.  The number of reported new mobile operating system vulnerabilities increased, from 115 in 2009 to 163 in 2010. In addition to threats on mobile devices, increased social networking and a lack of protection are likely to be some of the main culprits behind the growing number of cybercrime victims.

Male, Millennial, Mobile

The study identifies men between 18 and 31 years old who access the Internet from their mobile phone as even more likely victims: in this group four in five (80 percent) have fallen prey to cybercrime. Globally, the most common – and most preventable – type of cybercrime is computer viruses and malware with 54 percent of respondents saying they have experienced it in their lifetime. Viruses are followed by online scams (11 percent) and phishing messages (10 percent). Earlier this year the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 16, found more than 286 million unique variations of malicious software (“malware”) compared to the 240 million reported in 2009, representing a 19 percent increase.

“There is a serious disconnect in how people view the threat of cybercrime,” said Kara Rawden, Senior Marketing Manager, Consumer – Middle East and Africa Symantec Corporation, “Cybercrime is much more prevalent than people realize. Over the past 12 months, over 6 in 10 adults surveyed (62 percent) in South Africa, have suffered from online crime while 35 percent have experienced offline crime, yet just 20 percent think they are more likely to become a victim of cybercrime than physical world crime in the next year. And while 94 percent of respondents agree that more needs to be done to bring cybercriminals to justice, only 22 percent said that they reported cybercrime to the authorities. Fighting cybercrime is a shared responsibility. It requires us all to be more alert and to invest in our online smarts and safety.”

The disconnect between awareness and action is further illustrated by the fact that while 74 percent of respondents globally, say they are always aware of cybercrime, many are not taking the necessary precautions. Forty-one percent of adults indicated they don’t have an up-to-date security software suite to protect their personal information online, less than half review credit card statements regularly for fraud (47 percent), and 60 percent don’t use complex passwords or change them regularly. In South Africa, seventy percent of mobile phone owners use their mobile phone to access the Internet and 16 percent of all cybercrime in South Africa occurs on mobile devices. Despite the emergence of mobile cybercrime and its associated worries, many users put their personal information at risk when accessing the internet on mobile phones. Among those who access the Internet via their mobile phone, only 17 percent install the most up-to-date mobile security.

iLAB gets BEE level 3 rating

By admin, 17 września, 2011, No Comment

“Black economic empowerment is something real at iLAB. BEE is not about window dressing. It’s about empowering others through these important initiatives and adding true value to our business. It is through BEE and other actions that we are able to truly build a stronger South Africa”, says iLAB Director, Jethro Lloyd.

For customers, the new rating means that they can improve their own BEE rating by doing business with iLAB – a company that is committed to the principles of broad-based black economic empowerment. “We are constantly looking at ways of improving our rating”, adds Lloyd.

He says, “Our newest rating is a true reflection of our on-going commitment to sustainable empowerment across all the elements of the BEE rating system – including management, transformation, preferential procurement, CSI and skills development”.

This announcement follows the acquisition of software testing company Test and Data Services and the remaining 50% of iLAB LLC .

Get the Scoop on the Rugby World Cup

By admin, 17 września, 2011, No Comment

The Scoop, an interactive collection of articles, social media uploads, videos and podcasts of what’s going on in New Zealand, can be accessed through Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

South Africans can expect to see commentary from Springbok players, Frans Steyn, Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis, and kicking coach Percy Montgomery.

Past international players, Murray Mexted, Scott Hastings, and Matt Burke will also be bringing their experience to customers as the games roll on over the next few weeks.

A highlight for some fans will be Divvy’s Diary, a hard-hitting comedic look at the World Cup.

Rugby fans will also have a chance to have their say and can share their own on-the-ground content from either SA or New Zealand to Scoop. Uploads can be made at and fans stand a chance to win R10 000 if their content is chosen to be featured on Cell C’s Facebook page.

Konica continues to back Highveld Lions

By admin, 17 września, 2011, No Comment

Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa have renewed their sponsorship for the 2011/ 2012 period, to the tune of R2, 3 million.

The Lions Cricket Academy for talented young players, from their respective amateur academies in Potchefstroom and Johannesburg, will also continue to benefit from the Konica Minolta South Africa sponsorship.

“Konica Minolta South Africa is proud to continue with our patronage of the bizhub Highveld Lions cricket team for the sixth year running,” says Janine Ferreira, Konica Minolta South Africa public relations officer. “We do it for the love of the sport and hope that, with this investment, the bizhub Lions can continue to develop its players and, ultimately, enrich the game of cricket in South Africa.”

“Sponsors are invaluable to sport and are what enable us to do what we need to,” says Cassim Docrat, CEO of the bizhub Highveld Lions. “Renewing our naming rights sponsorship with Konica Minolta South Africa is a sign of a truly dedicated sponsor and we look forward to reaching new heights with them in the coming season.”

Digital Press Certifications; Konica Minolta, Xerox, Canon – Interesting Developments…

By admin, 17 września, 2011, No Comment

Opinion: Liberate mobile payments for a more inclusive economy

By admin, 16 września, 2011, No Comment

By Wesley Lynch, CEO, Realmdigital

SA’s next stop to greatness

While mobile payments have met with astounding successes in other parts of Africa, adoption has been far more modest in South Africa.

The main reason for this is our severe banking laws, which further entrench banks in the payments industry while stopping innovative mobile operators and developers from bringing cheap, easy and secure (card-free) payments to the masses.

This raises questions about the seriousness of local lawmakers with bringing the country’s previously disadvantaged and unbanked into the economy.

M-PESA – a Kenyan success

M-PESA was launched by Kenyan mobile network operator Safaricom in 2007, notes Wikipedia. The service quickly captured significant market share for cash transfers, growing to 6.5 million subscribers within two years. Estimates put M-PESA transfers at 13% of Kenyan GDP in 2010.

The service has also met with success in Tanzania and Afghanistan, was then rolled out in South Africa (with a difference), and is slated to hit Egypt and India next.

Missed the boat in SA?

M-PESA’s launch in SA, a country with 13 million unbanked citizens, happened in October 2010. Unexpectedly, it took off slowly. Only 150 000 accounts were opened in the first nine months of the service, and it became clear to its creators that its value proposition didn’t suit the low-income customer targeted at launch.

The main problem was that Vodacom, the mobile network involved, may not facilitate transactions without the involvement of Nedbank, the other partner. M-PESA is backed by Nedbank’s banking licence, making it less cost-effective than if Vodacom were to offer remittances on its own ticket – in emulation of the Kenyan model.

For this reason, M-PESA essentially failed to ignite an economic revolution. It never took off among lower-LSM populace (arguably its primary audience), and was subsequently re-launched as a higher-LSM service – a missed opportunity.

Other mobile payment efforts

All the other major banks also have mobile wallet solutions – FNB offers eWallet, Standard Mimoney, and Absa CashSend. In addition, FNB has launched a new service called Pay2Cell, which allows its account holders to make payments to other FNB account holders, using only the recipient’s cellphone number and not their bank or card details.

As another evolution in electronic and cardless banking, this is to be welcomed, and FNB’s invitation to other banks to “copy the service” is noted as support for speeding up its adoption.

Nevertheless, this does nothing to wrest control over payments from banks and thus cutting the costs of transfers. Like the banks’ approach to m-payments, card-less cell-to-cell payments will only be successful if all banks adopt it and a huge amount of integration is done.

To a great extent, the driving force for payment liberalisation will come from the government, which must modernise policy. Included in this is the abovementioned issue of banking licence regulation. By making banking licences available to mobile operators, the mobile payments ecosystem will be sufficiently rationalised to simplify interoperability and bring down the cost of transactions.

The dynamism of the mobile networks will also speed up rollout, which will further bring down the cost of transactions. Operators must also invest in cheap ‘smart phone’ handsets, possibly Android-based, which can handle m-payments. Again, the Kenyan example is instructive, where this tactic contributed to mass uptake.

Banks’ position

In all this, the banks need not lose out – mobile payments are just the thin end of the wedge.

As more and more of the unbanked join the economy, the banking services they’re likely to adopt in time will benefit the banking fraternity, a new wave of consumers, and the economy as a whole.

Great opportunity

Africans have better access to mobile phones than to clean drinking water. This sad statistic is likely to persist unless opportunities like these are seized upon, making it easier for Africa’s poor to access funds and conduct low-volume trade in entrepreneurial services that can include anything from taxi transport to utility services, fresh produce, travel and tourism.

It is an enormous opportunity for South Africa – at once a crucial step towards ensuring the sustainability of our GDP growth and a platform to show the world what responsible capitalism can achieve. It is time for bold new banking regulation, vision from bankers and energetic action from mobile operators.

Absa uses Trillium Software and Master Data Management

By admin, 16 września, 2011, No Comment

The Trillium Software System, which was selected for the Client Static project, will be used to assess the ongoing quality of data and ensure it remains compliant with key business process requirements.

Absa Capital offers investment banking and related services in South Africa and internationally. Data quality is recognised as a critical success factor for numerous strategic projects, as Absa Capital continues with its initiative to streamline operations and increase accuracy and consistency throughout the trading life cycle.

“As a bank that places our customers at the centre of what we do, Client Static data underpins everything. From identifying new opportunities, to credit risk management, to accurate regulatory reporting quality data is essential. We wanted a partner with both strong technology and solid local expertise. MDM and Trillium Software provided this,” says Absa Capital CIO, Ian Kriegler.

The data governance framework is expected to extend the successes from Client Static into other areas in the business, such as the trade store and credit risk. A data metrics and reconciliation framework, built using the Trillium Software System is planned to allow data owners and custodians to assess the compliance of data to business requirements.  Data custodians can also quantify requirements (such as system enhancements or additional staff) that are necessary to meet agreed service levels cost effectively.

“If data governance is not pragmatic and measurable then it cannot add value,” says MDM’s Gary Allemann. “Our approach allows the business to quantify perceived data quality issues and focus remediation where it is actually required.”

Metalogix Archive Manager now available from Soarsoft

By admin, 16 września, 2011, No Comment

Soarsoft Africa has announced the availability of Metalogix Archive Manager 5.0 for increased archiving user productivity.  Metalogix Software is a provider in content lifecycle management (CLM) solutions for Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange, and legacy environments.

Says Chris Hathaway, Director at local distributor Soarsoft Africa, “The local market will benefit significantly from this latest iteration in Metalogix’s Archive Manager software as we have seen a phenomenal uptake in Smartphones in the local market. Many businesses executives require unlimited access to email as mobility gains traction.  These users can automatically lower the content of their Exchange mailboxes with most of their historical data access actually being handled from the Metalogix archive.”

The new Metalogix Archive Manager 5.0 includes significant new features which both accelerate product performance and enhance the ease-of-use and effectiveness of eDiscovery and administrative procedures.

Key new features include:

• Enhanced Mobile Device Support – The new optimised archive interface lets users conveniently and comfortably search, access and manage all their email and archived file data from a variety of Smartphone and other devices including iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and Symbian mobile platforms. This feature greatly extends the benefits of Metalogix Archive Manager’s pre-existing unified search for all archived user data, including email, files, and SharePoint data.

• Live Email Data Search – Archive Manager’s powerful indexing and search functionality can now be extended to include “live” email data in the Exchange primary store in addition to data already in the archive. This feature expands the number of users who can now perform advanced content search and eDiscovery through a sole process with a single solution.

• Outlook 2011 Support – Mac users can now move beyond Entourage to use Outlook 2011 clients with the full benefits of transparent archiving and access to email and email attachments.

• Single-Instance Storage Extended to Handle Embedded Attachments – Archive Manager’s powerful Single Instance Storage feature has been enhanced to eliminate a data redundancy scenario when journaling is used and reduces the storage requirement for attachments by as much as 85%.

“The new Metalogix Archive Manager release positions our customers to exploit two growing productivity trends in content mobility and eDiscovery,”

says Steven Murphy, CEO, Metalogix. “First, mobility has revolutionised corporate collaboration and now, with the great ergonomic design of our browser-based mobile access interface, our customers’ end-users can comfortably and efficiently access all their data from anywhere. Second, the upgrade to include  live email search, in addition to our fast index archive searching capabilities, now expands our customers’ ability to use Archive Manager as a single, fast and easy solution to quickly find and properly document and secure all relevant content  in response to both internal and external demands such as legal eDiscovery.”

Metalogix Archive Manager is used by more than 4,500 customers worldwide to optimise Exchange and SharePoint performance and infrastructure and enables users to quickly and easily perform compliant searches of their user data assets.

Fujitsu introduces new PRIMERGY servers

By admin, 16 września, 2011, No Comment

Both models are designed to help customers maximize business efficiency by combining special system functionality and system performance with ongoing ease of management.

Based on Intel’s newly-available Intel Xeon processor E3 family, both the Standard and Core Edition versions of the PRIMERGY TX100 S3 provide a complete package for small businesses, offering an excellent price/performance ratio and high levels of energy efficiency.

The PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Standard Edition is ideally suited to SMBs who need a server to handle file, print, web and office applications. It combines improved processor performance and expandable memory with the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Essentials 2011 operating system, which is simple to manage. The server provides new standards in entry-level IT system availability, enabling 24×7 business, with data protection further enhanced by an optional battery backup unit in case of unplanned system downtime.

The ‘headless” PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Core Edition is a tower server aimed at small businesses who do not want to struggle with complex IT administration. Headless technology means that the Core Edition does not need its own monitor, keyboard or mouse but can be easily and seamlessly administered from any PC on a network using standard Remote Desktop technology, reducing necessary space and consequently keeping down cost. To further increase ease of use the TX100 S3 Core Edition is backed by a simple, intuitive administration that can be mastered even by a non-technical administrator. Fujitsu’s innovative ‘Just power-up ‘n’ run’ technology dramatically reduces management complexity, time and cost for new owners, since the Microsoft Windows® 2008 R2 Foundation operating system comes pre-installed. For added resilience, Fujitsu has added self-healing software, allowing the PRIMERGY TX100 S3 Core edition to automatically detect and correct errors found during the boot phase.

Both PRIMERGY TX100 S3 models share capabilities that reduce operating costs and noise as well as increasing efficiency. Energy consumption is dramatically lower than competing systems, reaching 94 percent efficiency in operation and through Fujitsu’s 0-Watt functionality, drawing no power at all when enabled while still allowing an administrator to carry out maintenance tasks. Both models use halogen-free printed circuit boards to further minimize their environmental impact and additionally produce minimal noise disturbance.

Says Jens-Peter Seick, Senior Vice President, Product Development Group at Fujitsu Technology Solutions: “Since its introduction, the PRIMERGY TX100 range has proven to be very popular with small businesses since it provides tailored IT to cost-effectively run operations. The injection of new, more powerful Intel Xeon processors delivers enhanced functionality that will directly help small businesses do more with less by entering the world of PRIMERGY TX servers.”

Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY TX100 S3 and TX100 S3 Core Edition are now available globally.

TomTom partners with Renault

By admin, 16 września, 2011, No Comment

At the IAA Frankfurt Motorshow TomTom and Renault today, launch their first in-dash navigation system, specifically designed for electric vehicles and standard fitted on the Fluence Z.E.

The Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE receives information from the battery on its current state of charge, which is used to determine the available range of the vehicle. This information is then visualised on the navigation screen, showing the journey against the available range and the routes to the charge stations. This will help to effectively plan charging and remove drivers’ “range anxiety”, giving them confidence that their journey can be completed. The system also includes an eco-routing – providing the driver with an option to select the most energy efficient route.

Finding the right charging station information and location (amongst the 5000+ that will be available in Europe at the end of 2011) is critical to drivers. The TomTom Home application will provide users with the latest charging station list each time they connect their SD card to their computer. The Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE will inform the users in real-time about the availability of charge stations en route, allowing them to stop and ‘fill-up’ when needed.

“This is the first navigation system TomTom is launching in the area of electric vehicles and it represents a great milestone for us as a company in this exciting new market. The Carminat TomTom Z.E.LIVE for Fluence Z.E., is also the third major development in the already successful Carminat TomTom series and underlines our fruitful relationship with Renault,” says Daan Henderickx, Country Manager for TomTom South Africa.

“We are very happy with the strong partnership we have developed with TomTom over the years and that we are able to give birth today to the next evolution of our product – the new Carminat TomTom Z.E. LIVE. This solution is a key feature of our new Fluence Z.E. The electric vehicle programme is of great importance to us at Renault and the Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE plays a signinficant role in its success”, says Stephen Norman, Global Marketing & Communications Director, Renault.

In addition, the Carminat TomTom Z.E LIVE comes with LIVE Services including HD Traffic, providing drivers with its unique dynamic routing; giving them the fastest route to their destination based on the latest traffic situation. It also features local search through TomTom Places, in addition to Google local search.

Key Features

  • Electric vehicle routing functionality, including routing to and via charge stations, and integration with battery management solution
  • Eco-routing function
  • Visualisation of available range on the map and navigation display
  • Automatic updates of charge stations via TomTom Home with search functions for locating of nearest charge station, as well as those around destination or other location
  • HD Traffic – unique combination of real-time traffic, based on a network of 82 million probes in Europe and dynamic routing based on 80
  • Local Search with TomTom Places and Google
  • Weather
  • Safety camera alerts, to help the customer to drive more safely and responsibly.
  • IQ Routes technology so the user always gets the best route to his destination. This technology calculates your routes based on the real average speeds measured on roads. Always providing you with the fastest route, and most accurate travel time, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, saving you time, money and fuel.
  • Advanced Lane Guidance shows which lane to take at junctions so you don’t miss your turn. On the most difficult highway intersections, realistic 3D representation of the junction keeps customers relaxed and safe.
  • TomTom Map Share allows the user to make corrections to his/her own map and able to benefit from thousands of corrections made by TomTom users every day.


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