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Datacentrix first Riverbed Diamond partner in Africa

By admin, 20 listopada, 2013, No Comment

IT solution provider, Datacentrix has been named Africa’s first “Diamond” level partner by application performance company, Riverbed Technology, in recognition of its outstanding track record of sales success and its technical and support commitment to Riverbed solutions.

Last year, Datacentrix had been named as the first Riverbed Accredited Support Partner (RASP) in Africa, joining the ranks of a select, invitee-only programme that allows the organisation to provide high-value support services to local Riverbed customers, helping them to fully leverage the value of their technology investments.

More than 22,000 organisations worldwide depend on Riverbed to understand, optimise and consolidate their IT infrastructure, through solutions that overcome performance issues caused by distance, distributed computing, and ever increasing amounts of data. As IT organisations embark on strategic initiatives to virtualise, consolidate and migrate workloads into cloud environments, users are moved farther from their data. Slow applications and file transfers, and inefficient websites can negatively impact the performance and success of these initiatives.

Riverbed transforms IT performance by providing solutions spanning WAN optimisation, storage delivery, performance management, application delivery controllers, web content optimisation (WCO), and cloud data protection. By providing the broadest portfolio of performance solutions that deliver anywhere, any-application optimisation, Riverbed enables organisations to increase productivity and efficiency, while enhancing business resilience and controlling costs.

To enable its reseller partners to act as an extension of the Riverbed support organisation, Riverbed introduced RASP, a specialisation programme that allows eligible partners to provide Level 1 and Level 2 support services to their clients. The RASP programme is only available to partners that demonstrate a successful track record selling Riverbed solutions and are able and willing to provide a high standard of 24×7 Level 1 and Level 2 operational support services.
“The partner network programme is structured so that everyone wins – our partners, customers and Riverbed. Through the RASP specialisation programme, not only do our partners benefit from being positioned to increase their bottom line, but our customers are working with the industry’s most qualified Riverbed partners to support their IT infrastructure,” says Christo Briedenhann, regional sales manager: Africa at Riverbed.

“The Riverbed partner programme is designed to reward and support resellers who have the skills and ambition to achieve success with our leading edge solutions. As a certified RASP Diamond level partner, Datacentrix is able to offer the highest levels of customer support, ensuring that any Riverbed investment is backed by world class service. The requirements to become a Diamond level partner are challenging and this reflects the serious investment Datacentrix has made to being a leader in the Riverbed channel. With the appointment of Datacentrix as Diamond level partner, we are recognising the company’s commitment to consistently succeed in delivering innovative Riverbed solutions for their customers.”

“We are delighted to be recognised as the first Diamond partner in Africa by an organisation which itself has been globally recognised for excellence in service experience and operations,” says Tony de Sousa, Datacentrix’ enterprise business unit manager. “This recognition underpins our aspirations within the service delivery arena and reinforces our commitment to Riverbed. It also highlights the strength of the partnership Datacentrix has maintained with Riverbed over the past eight years and its dedicated focus on the areas of WAN optimisation, network performance management and cloud storage solutions, offering customers the assurance that we are more than capable of supporting these solutions.”

Schneider Electric appoints new solar business leader for southern Africa

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

Energy comes naturally to James Shirley, who has taken up the opportunity to head up, and be fully accountable for, the solar business unit for southern Africa at Schneider Electric.

He explains that this includes providing the link between the locally located Schneider Electric office in Midrand and the company’s international offices, in order to bring the global specialist in energy management’s best practice products, design and implementation knowledge as well as its experience, to southern African staff, partners and customers.

Under his official title as solar business leader, James will, in particular, be responsible for supplying solutions to clients in three main areas. These are:

1. Utility scale (solar power plants) – feeding into the grid as part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (REIPP) programme. “While Schneider Electric will not lead any of the projects, the company is able to provide electrical design and support to partners, in addition to simply providing equipment, as well as ongoing maintenance to ensure optimal plant performance,” says James.

2. Large commercial photovoltaic and hybrid solutions – feeding into private off-takers who sign power purchase agreements. “This includes solar photovoltaic-diesel hybrid systems for mines throughout Africa relying on generators to operate their facilities. By funding the complete project through partners, these projects can be turned to OPEX instead of CAPEX, and the clients are at no risk as they only pay for the energy that is produced,” he adds.

3. Rooftop – providing grid tie, off grid and grid interactive inverters, charge controllers, AC and DC breakers, disconnects, generator startup modules, monitoring and data logging solutions and enclosures, all from a single source.
James confirms that solar is both his passion and work. He began his university studies in Cape Town before moving to the United States and switching to chemical engineering at Colorado School of Mines.

After working in Canada, the United States and Peru on gold recovery projects, he put engineering on hold to pursue a career in sales and marketing management, at which he excelled, before returning to the field as general manager of Kayema Energy Solutions, a leading integrator of renewable and energy efficient projects in South Africa.

In 2012, James was admitted to the Association of Energy Engineers, with the highest score in the country for his Certified Measurement and Verification Profession (CMVP) certification exam. He speaks regularly at conferences around South Africa, and serves as chairman of the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA).

“My passion for solar solutions is simple. Southern Africa enjoys plenty of sunshine, it is both predictable and reliable. We are in the perfect position to harness this power and, especially with the current electricity shortage, it is not only a good idea, but a fundamental necessity to the development of our region,” says James.

Schneider Electric country president: southern Africa, Eric Léger, to whom James reports, adds: “There are many compelling opportunities here in southern Africa, a hub for the African continent and regarded by many as the next growth engine for the world economy. James’ vast experience, knowledge and, above all, enthusiasm for the solar industry made him the ideal candidate to lead our solar business unit and to take the company’s top-class solutions to the groundbreaking energy projects currently happening in this region.”



Growth and rewards for the DEVELOP SA dealer network

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

DEVELOP South Africa, a Bidvest Group Limited company, is pleased to announce that it has increased its dealer networks to 26 partners, extending its coverage countrywide.

Recently appointed managing director, Marc Pillay, who has been responsible for evolving the DEVELOP brand since its launch in the South African market in 2009, says: “Over the last five years, DEVELOP South Africa has firmly established itself in the local print, copy, scan and fax industry as a serious player, showing steady year-on-year growth of 35 percent. This is a remarkable achievement considering both the constrained economic climate and the number of competitors.

“DEVELOP South Africa was founded locally in order to grow and partner with South Africans, particularly black entrepreneurs, and I am delighted that all our efforts to grow this dynamic business are paying off.”

Last month, three of DEVELOP’s dealers were rewarded for having achieved their 2012/2013 sales targets. Representatives, along with their partners, were flown to exotic Mauritius where they were pampered.

“We were very pleased to be in a position to reward these dealers for their outstanding performances,” says Pillay. “The results that we have seen in the 2012/2013 period have made us even more excited for the future.”

Centrify expands partnership with Samsung

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

Centrify becomes worldwide reseller of Samsung KNOX; advances secure enterprise mobility with introduction of “All Things KNOX” resource website

Centrify Corporation, a leader in Unified Identity Services across data centre, cloud and mobile, announced that it is delivering on its partnership with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced earlier this year by enabling the latest KNOX-enabled models of Samsung’s GALAXY S4, Note 3 and Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) devices with its unparalleled Active Directory integration, mobile application Zero Sign-On, and KNOX container and device management capabilities. As a result of Centrify’s integration with Samsung KNOX, organisations can leverage Centrify’s cloud service to comprehensively manage Android users and devices and address security and management of enterprise mobility, application access, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Corporate Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) challenges. Centrify also announced that it has become a worldwide reseller of Samsung KNOX and has introduced the “All Things KNOX” ( resource site.

Samsung KNOX is the industry’s most comprehensive mobile solution for work and play that lets consumers easily separate their work and personal lives on their mobile devices, while giving enterprises enhanced security at all levels of the Android platform. Powering devices such as GALAXY S4, and recently introduced GALAXY Note 3 and Note 10.1, Samsung KNOX retains full compatibility with Android and the Google ecosystem while adding fundamental security and management enhancements, including container technology that with one-click securely separates personal data on the device from corporate data and apps. Integrated with Centrify, mobile workforces are empowered to use the devices they prefer, while IT is enabled to confidently embrace BYOD and COPE models without sacrificing security or manageability.

Mobile Zero Sign-On and Container and Device Management

Centrify for Samsung KNOX is now generally available as a standard feature set with the Samsung KNOX platform through the OEM partnership between Centrify and Samsung that delivers integrated Active Directory management “Zero Sign-On” to apps, KNOX container management and device management for Samsung KNOX-enabled devices. With Centrify for Samsung KNOX, end users leverage the improved productivity benefits of Zero Sign-On access to rich mobile apps and cloud-based SaaS apps, while IT easily manages KNOX containers and the underlying devices using an infrastructure they already own — Microsoft Active Directory. Centrify for Samsung KNOX is delivered as a cloud service that is up and running in minutes, resulting in Samsung KNOX delivering not only world-class mobile security but also seamless enterprise integration.

Centrify is the industry’s only solution delivering Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Single Sign-on (SSO) that is included in the Samsung KNOX platform. Any organisation with Samsung KNOX-licensed devices is eligible for this solution and can sign up at to start their no-cost Centrify for Samsung KNOX cloud subscription service. The Centrify for Samsung KNOX app is also available on the Google Play store and at the KNOX app store.

Worldwide Reseller Agreement

Centrify is also announcing a new agreement which enables Centrify to resell Samsung KNOX licenses. Samsung KNOX is ready to use with many Samsung devices, such as GALAXY S4, Note 3 and Note 10.1. IT administrators can activate KNOX on these devices by contacting Centrify to arrange a trial or purchase licenses. To deploy Samsung KNOX, IT administrators will need these licenses and a Samsung KNOX approved Mobile Device Management (MDM) service such as Centrify for Samsung KNOX. The Samsung KNOX licensing model is flexible to meet the needs of enterprise customers and is available as a subscription fee per device that includes support.

“With Centrify’s expertise in integrating Active Directory with data centre, cloud and mobile resources, Samsung and Centrify are uniquely delivering an ‘out-of-the-box’ mobile authentication and device management solution that is frictionless for our Samsung GALAXY users,” said Dr. Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group, IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung and Centrify solutions together enable enterprise organisations to simply and securely support workforce mobility. Samsung understands that security and management play an important role in meeting the needs of enterprise mobility. The announcement of Centrify for Samsung KNOX addresses this important requirement and enables Samsung to provide a complete enterprise mobility management solution.”

Introducing All Things KNOX

Further expanding on this partnership, Centrify is sponsoring the All Things KNOX Site, a dedicated resource site that provides enterprise IT with an informative and educational destination to learn about all things related to Samsung KNOX, and to prepare for secure and successful deployment of enterprise apps on mobile devices. The All Things KNOX resource centre provides timely, relevant information on Samsung KNOX, Enterprise Mobile Identity and Device Management, industry news, and important how-to content. All Things Knox features the learning tools needed to support IT through the migration to SaaS and mobile apps, container management and SSO for mobile apps. The All Things KNOX team is comprised of enterprise mobility thought leaders and executives throughout the industry, including those from Samsung and Centrify. For more information, see

Samsung Solutions Exchange Membership

Finally, Centrify has also been selected as a member of Samsung Solutions Exchange, a new platform for delivering a portfolio of holistic mobility solutions designed to address real-world business needs. The Samsung Solutions Exchange harnesses an ecosystem of leading third-party mobility companies, including developers, MDM providers and sales channels, to systematically identify unique customer requirements and rapidly deliver end-to-end solutions. Centrify’s solution is featured under three different categories: cloud services, productivity, and security. These are served up by an easy-to-navigate web portal that provides a more intuitive and differentiated approach, making it easier for customers to research, select and implement the best mobile solutions for their business needs.

“We are excited to deliver on our partnership with Samsung to empower the mobile workforce with enterprise-class mobility and join with Samsung to further improve security initiatives and increase workforce productivity for millions of enterprise employees,” said Centrify CEO Tom Kemp. “Together with Samsung, we are enabling IT to confidently embrace BYOD models for improved production, without sacrificing security or manageability. This is the first delivery of many rollouts we expect from the Samsung and Centrify partnership, delivering Centrify’s mobile security and role-based policy management to Samsung’s growing global customer base.”


The Centrify for Samsung KNOX solution is available to every Samsung KNOX customer and is included with their purchase of Samsung KNOX from any authorized global reseller of Samsung KNOX. The Samsung KNOX license key provided by Centrify or any other Samsung KNOX reseller can be added to the Centrify Cloud Manager portal to enable Centrify for Samsung KNOX features.

Virtualisation makes disaster recovery as a service available to all

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

Virtualisation has helped to make disaster recovery and business continuity planning easy and affordable for even the smallest companies, says Warren Olivier, Regional Corporate Account Manager at Veeam Software – but many still aren’t taking advantage of the new opportunities the technology has brought.

“There are still many companies out there whose disaster recovery planning is limited to someone taking a backup drive home every night,” says Olivier. “But restoring their business from a backup like that could take hours or days. If those are hours or days they can’t afford to lose, they should seriously investigate a disaster recovery service.”

Offering disaster recovery as a service has only become possible in the few years since virtualisation has gone mainstream, Olivier adds. “If your IT environment is purely physical, you have to restore it to identical hardware. For a service provider this would have meant maintaining separate equipment for every client, which could never be economically viable. That problem disappears with virtualisation – you can restore a virtual machine to any suitable physical equipment. So suddenly, it makes business sense.”

To bring the costs down even further, notes Olivier, “a provider might even use older or lower-specced hardware – it’s a useful way of recycling old machines that are no longer suitable for your production environment.”

The idea of using older or slower machines raises what Olivier says is the critical question for anyone considering using a disaster recovery service: What level of service do they need?

“In an ideal world of infinite budgets,” he says, “of course we’d all like to have a second building standing by, complete with a replicated data centre and all the furniture and PCs we’d need if the building burned down, or flooded, or there was an extended power outage. But that’s an enormous expense that only a very few can afford – and equally few really need.”

Getting value for money requires an honest assessment of a company’s needs, says Olivier. “You need to set realistic recovery point objectives (RPO) and time-to-recovery objectives (RTO) for every part of your operation. Your HR department or development team might be able to cope with a couple of days of downtime, your production environment with no more than a few minutes. The higher the level of service you need the more you will pay for it, so it’s worth spending time on getting these calculations right.”

Clients should also ensure their service level agreements with a provider cover critical questions like how much of a performance drop is acceptable, whether they will accept a multi-tenanted solution where they share capacity with others, how often disaster recovery will be tested and what reports they need.

“It can get very complex,” says Olivier. “For example, you need to decide to what level you want to test – do you just need to be sure that a server boots up, or that individual applications will still work properly? You need to think about what happens to your email, to IP addresses, to your CRM system – disaster planning can be a real headache. For anybody who can’t afford dedicated in-house resource, it’s best left to the experts.”

Aptronics wins big at the HP Partner Awards

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

Aptronics, one of South Africa’s foremost black empowered IT solutions providers, walked away with four accolades at the HP Partner awards ceremony held at Urban Tree in Sandton on 14 November 2013.

The company was presented with an EMEA level award – the HP Value Computing Partner Certificate 2013 and HP Thin Client and Virtualization Partner of the year 2013 in the Gold partner category.

Consistency is an Aptronics strong point, no better reflected than through their multi-award-winning CEO Appie Pema, this year he scooped his 5th HP Channel Exec of the year award. Complementing this excellent achievement Adele Schoonwinkel (Service Business Development Manager) was presented with the outstanding HP Services Channel Champion Award for 2013

Pema described the Value Computing Partner Certificate2013 award as the high-end of the personal computing category, which encompasses workstations and thin clients. Additionally he expressed the significance of that credit at an EMEA level.

“The Thin Client and Virtualisation Partner of the year award is aimed at recognising a partner that invests in the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) and acknowledges excellence in datacentre skills. We are proud of this achievement as datacentre is one of our primary focuses,” said Pema.

“HP is a one of the global leaders in information technology. We hope that these awards, together with the company’s reputation for consistency, are indicative of Aptronic’s own commitment and dedication to excellent service delivery,” he added.

“We are proud of our accomplishments and to be associated with a reputable company such as HP for 20 years and counting. Of course, none of this would have been achieved without our dedicated team and staff,” concluded Pema.

Your guide to buying a hard drive as a festive season gift

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

By Farhad Alli, WD Product Specialist at DCC

Hard drives make excellent festive season gifts – they are perfect for digital junkies who need to store loads of downloaded content, for students, home users and office workers who need somewhere to back up their important information, and for anyone who wants to keep their content safe for the future. However, buying the right hard drive for the right person can be a challenging task. This handy guide will give you the run-down of the various features of a hard drive and help you choose the best gift for friends and family.

Desktop vs. Portable

There are typically two different types of external hard drives available – portable and desktop. The main difference between these, as the names suggest, is their portability. The price also generally differs, with desktop drives offering more capacity at lower cost compared to portable drives that offers portability.

Desktop drives, such as My Book Live, are often larger than portable drives, and require an external power source as well as USB connectivity. These drives are ideal for people who need backup, but do not need to carry their drives with them, such as parents who need somewhere to store their photos or family videos and students and professionals who need to back up their work. WD offers desktop drives for Mac and PC users, ready formatted for ‘plug and play’ ability.

Portable drives from WD’s My Passport range, also available for PC and Mac users, are designed for people on the move who need extra storage wherever they are, or for those who want to be able to take their content with them to share with others. These drives are small enough to slip into your handbag or pocket and are powered solely with USB, so you can use them practically, anywhere with your laptop, notebook or media server. The new My Passport Ultra drives also feature USB 3.0 for lightning fast data transfer, making them perfect for sharing large files like music and High Definition (HD) videos.

Basic storage or vital backup?

Not all external hard drives offer the same features and functionality. Other drives, in the My Book and My Passport family feature WD Smartware Pro software to automate backup. This ensures that whenever they are plugged into your PC or notebook, the files and folders you have selected will be kept current on the external drive, ensuring that you never lose anything important.


Capacity is one of the most important considerations when buying a hard drive – how much space do you need? Portable hard drives typically range in capacity from 500 Gigabytes (GB) to 2 Terabytes (TB), while desktop drives offer between 2TB and 4TB of storage space. A 500GB hard drive allows you to store up to 100 000 images, 38 hours of video or 125 000 songs, depending on the size of the files and the quality. This scales up, with a 1TB drive allowing you to store up to 200 000 images, 76 hours of video or 250 000 songs, and so on, all the way up to 4TB, which allows for the storage of 800 000 images, 304 hours of video and a million songs.

It is always advisable to buy a larger capacity drive than you think you need, since with the rapid growth in content creation and the need to store it, it is a fairly safe bet that you will need more space in the future. The price per GB of storage space also decreases the larger the capacity of the drive, making a single 1TB drive more cost effective than two 500GB drives. For example, with the My Passport drives, the cost per GB on a 500GB drive is R1.60, on a 1TB it comes down to R1.07, and on a 2TB drive the price per GB drops to just 95c. On the desktop side, a 2TB My Book drive costs 75c per GB, a 3TB 63c and a 4TB only 60c per GB.


What a hard drive actually looks like is an important consideration for many people. Whether the drive sits on a desk or is carried around, a stylish design is always more pleasing than a functional but ugly device. The My Book range of desktop drives are available in designs that complement both PC and Mac, with sleek lines and a glossy finish. The My Passport range has also been designed with style in mind, featuring a durable and elegant outer case. These drives are also available in different colours, including red, blue, black, white and silver, to suit any personality type.

The warranty

Apart from the capacity, price and design of a drive, the warranty is an essential consideration. Hard drives store some of our most important memories, and if these drives fail quickly these memories could easily be lost. The warranty ensures that should your drive fail, the drive can be replaced within a certain time period after the purchase date. The newer WD external hard drives typically feature a three year limited warranty, so consumers can rest assured that they are of the highest quality – after all, a manufacturer would not offer a long warranty if they were not confident that their product would last.

A gift that keeps on giving

When it comes to gifts, choosing what to buy for friends and family can be a daunting task. An external hard drive is an excellent option for just about anyone – a useful gift that will quickly become part of their everyday lives, and will continue giving well beyond the festive season.


Premium broadcast image quality, performance and reliability – new Ellipse 3000 contribution encoders

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

Broadcasters can now transmit pristine real-time video over satellite and broadband contribution networks with the new Ellipse 3000 series of contribution encoders, available from Graphic Image Technologies (GIT). Developed by Harmonic, leaders in video delivery infrastructure, the Ellipse 3000 encodes at the highest possible picture quality at the front end of the broadcast chain, employing leading-edge compression technologies to ensure crystal clear image quality.

“The Ellipse 3000 encoders bring a new level of video quality and workflow efficiency to broadcast contribution applications. With multi-format, multi-codec versatility, low latency and an optional integrated modulator, they are the ideal versatile and cost-effective compression solution for both digital satellite news gathering (DSNG) operations, live sports coverage, fixed contributions and any other application where premium image quality and high performance are critical,” says Mark Chertkow, Managing Director of GIT.

The Ellipse 3000 encoders support all standard definition and high definition MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC codecs, at 4:2:0 or 4:2:2 chroma sub-sampling and 8- or 10-bit compression. They also support full firmware upgradability for enhanced future-proof ability, and have a compact footprint with plug and play deployment for lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Options for re-multiplexing and cascading allow the devices to operate on a stand-alone basis without the need for external multiplexers or PSI generators.

Using the industry’s most advanced compression technologies, the Ellipse 3000 encoders offer superior quality compression at data rates of up to 80 Megabits per second (Mbps). High-speed transmission of up to 20 Mbps is made possible thanks to advanced encoding and transmission via satellite. Dual independent encoding enables a single source to be encoded to two different codecs, ideal for broadcast in both standard and High Definition (HD).

Low latency and resiliency against packet loss ensure smooth broadcasts and eliminate awkward pauses during handoffs between the field and the studio. Multiple single-program transport streams can be created to multi-cast up to 16 different ports or IP addresses, and an integrated modulator enables highly efficient utilisation of transponder bandwidth. All of this is packaged into a 1RU device that does not require ventilation space above or below, saving valuable space and reducing power consumption.

“Aside from their impressive technical specs, the Ellipse encoders also offer a number of business benefits. These include pristine video quality with pay as you grow scalability and low Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operational Expenditure (OPEX) thanks to integrated modulators that eliminate the need for costly external devices for satellite uplink. The devices also incorporate alternate distribution channels in the event of a link failure for integrated redundant path support, and help to prevent signal interception with industry-standard encryption,” Chertkow adds.

The Ellipse 3000 is available in two models:

  • Ellipse 3100 – for fixed contribution over IP networks, featuring simultaneous IP and DVB-ASI outputs.
  • Ellipse 3200 – for DSNG applications. This model adds an integrated DVB-S/S2/DSNG modulator with simultaneous L-band, IF and DVB-ASI output.

Both models and demo units are available immediately from Graphic Image Technologies.




Closing the door to Web application vulnerabilities

By admin, 19 listopada, 2013, No Comment

Continuous scanning necessary to secure Web applications

The rapid growth and adoption of the Internet and Web-based applications has been at the expense of security. Hardly a day goes by without news of yet another website or application being compromised, giving cybercriminals access to millions of customer records and financial details.

South Africa is no exception to the global cybercrime threat and we have seen many sites breached and sensitive data lost. We have, for example, seen the Mangaung website hacked and serving malware, Elan Systems was also hacked and sensitive data posted online, and even the SA Police’s website was hacked.

“The problem is that the application architecture of the Internet was originally designed for sharing static information in a connectionless state, and not for traditional transaction-based applications,” says Hedley Hurwitz, MD of Magix Security. “The interface we all use to access the Internet, the WEB browser, downloads code from a server and runs it in real time, only connecting to the server again the next time it needs data or instructions. The browser runs instructions contained in instruction sets, or precompiled code, and depends on the local security settings of the browser and device to protect the user. It is therefore relatively easy to insert malicious instructions or code between the originating server and the user’s browser.”

These weaknesses are called Web Application Vulnerabilities. When criminals exploit them through methods such as cross-site scripting, SQL injections and numerous others, they are able to gain unauthorised access to computers and servers, and the information therein.

Once breached, Hurwitz says, the criminals can steal databases with sensitive personal or corporate data, credit card numbers and so forth. Moreover, syndicates can infect the server or desktop with malicious code that can be used to raid bank accounts, or grab intellectual property and sell it to competitors.

“Then there’s the potential for reputational damage which can be devastating,” adds Hurwitz. “If businesses lose customers’ trust, they lose business.”

Unlike traditional application development architectures, WEB-based applications cannot be tested in quality assurance environments alone and then trusted to behave securely thereafter. The only way to prevent intrusion via Web Application Vulnerabilities is to scan your live, public-facing, Web applications regularly and test whether they are vulnerable to the latest techniques criminals use. These scans perform a range of simulated attacks against a website to see where they are vulnerable.

The problem is that this requires the hosting company to purchase the right Web Application Vulnerability scanning tools, keep them updated, and run them at regular intervals. A better option is to use a Web Application Vulnerability scanning service. This is a hosted service in which a trusted third party is tasked with running scans on your Web applications and delivering regular reports on where you may be vulnerable and what you should do to remedy the situation.

While the Internet has changed the way we socialise, conduct business and even learn, is has also left us vulnerable to attacks. In the Web application space, regularly scanning your websites for vulnerabilities is critical to ensure your customers have a safe experience and that your company doesn’t lose money, competitive advantage or its reputation.

The G-Force Challenge: Cape Town

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The sweet smell of racing fuel is in the air as we announce to all petrol-heads and Sim gamers the inaugural G-Force Challenge. The only event that will see racers compete for the title over two racing disciplines in the form of Simulation Racing & Karting, with the prizes valued at over R10 000.

Open to the public, the event will take the racers through a tough qualifying phase, where only the top 10 individuals will make it into the final. Once you¡¦re in the final, you will be set to battle man and machine for the grand prize and The G-Force Challenge Champion title for 2013.


Each person entering the challenge will be required to set a qualifying lap time during one of the 5x Qualification Heat sessions. You will be allowed 3x laps per entry. Your fastest lap is your ticket to successes. To qualify for the final, your best lap time will need to take one of the top 10-slots available.

Remember, faster times might still be posted that could force you out of the Top-10, so make sure you give it some gas!

If you get displaced from a previous top 10 spot, you may re-enter the challenge to try and set a better time, if any heats are still open for entry.

The Final:

After the final qualify heat sessions, the leader board will be updated to confirm the Top-10 slots. The Top-10 will be contacted by G-ForceSim for confirmation of their qualification for the final, to take place on 21-December at Century Karting, Canal Walk, Cape Town.


Racing Simulators will be provided by G-ForceSim:

  • G-ForceSim Pro Race Rig: Light weight racing seat mounted on a space frame.
  • G27 Steering Wheel: Full Force Feedback, vibration, 900-degrees of turning
  • Ancillaries: Racing pedals & gear shifter

Karts will be supplied and run by Century Karting.


Qualifying HEATS:

  • Heat(1) 15 & 16Nov
  • Heat(2) 22 & 23 Nov
  • Heat(3) 29 & 30 Nov
  • Heat(4) 6 & 7 Dec
  • Heat(5) 13 & 14 Dec
  • Final: 21 Dec


Canal Walk Shopping Centre – Century Karting – Mezzanine Parking Area

Rules & Regulations:

1) The competition is open to all members of public.
2) There are no age limits; however individuals below the age of 14 must have the consent of a parent or guardian to participate.
3) The event will be managed by G-ForceSim in conjunction with Century Karting. All equipment will be supplied by both G-ForceSim and Century Karting. No modifications or change out of equipment, hardware or software will be allowed, unless the management of the event deem so necessary.
4) The car settings will be fixed for all, as to ensure fairness amongst all competitors.
5) One entry buys you 3x laps on the qualifying circuit.
6) You are allowed to enter as many times as you like, however there will need to break up your entries between times, as no more than 4 laps per turn will be allowed. There must be a switch of drivers or a break after you complete the 4 laps.
7) Always have at least two wheels on the track or your time will not count. The curb is not the track. Disqualification will be applied if you cheat.
8) Terms & conditions will apply

How to Enter:

  • The challenge is open to any member of public wanting to give it a go!
  • Places will be available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Entries cost R20
  • Reserve your spot or arrive on the day at the venue
  • To reserve a spot, mail: and say ” I want to race!”

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