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Heartbleed no hemorrhage – LAWtrust

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News broke Tuesday of a bug in OpenSSL code that reportedly leaves two thirds of web servers vulnerable to attack. The bug – dubbed heartbleed – has been classed as critical because it could make it possible for possible for attackers to steal login credentials, actual content, and the private keys that underpin the TLS/SSL used to secure and identify web servers. The vulnerability has existed in OpenSSL code for the past two years, and, due to the nature of the bug, there is no log to reveal whether or not a system has been compromised.

Despite widespread outcry, the threat isn’t as critical as it seems, says LAWtrust solutions director Maeson Maherry. “Firstly, the vulnerability only applies to OpenSSL version 1.0.1 through to 1.0.1f and not to previous versions (0.9.8 through to 1.0.1g). This is important because many Apache Web Servers and Tomcat Servers, for example, are bundled with OpenSSL and many have OpenSSL implementations prior to the vulnerable versions. So if you’ve downloaded the Apache 2.2.25 installer complete with OpenSSL you are not going to be affected because the installer comes with OpenSSL version 0.9.8.”

Further, he notes, you could attack a vulnerable web server, but you’d firstly need to do a recce to see if the host is in fact vulnerable – the server type, model and SSL implementation isn’t advertised. Once you know a server is vulnerable you can attack it, but the random memory you get in return may not contain any useful information. You can’t just send a heartbeat message and include a reference to ‘the memory where the private SSL key lives’. The memory heap is not ordered to such a degree.

“Yes, you might get lucky and retrieve something important but the chances are you could also get back utter useless junk in your attempts,” he states.

Not all SSL queries terminate at the host either. “If I terminate my SSL/TLS connection on a hardware device then Apache OpenSSL for example, does not enter the equation,” Maherry notes. “This is because the secure communication part is handled by the hardware module and the communication with Apache is done internally, either through a secure channel or not. Hardware SSL termination is a common practice for hosted solutions because it delivers faster response and handling times than software-based OpenSSL systems.”

And then there are the good, old-fashioned security precautions prevalent in modern systems.

“If the host employs Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) from day one then obtaining the private SSL key is a nice achievement but is not going to help one jot when it comes to decrypting any current, previous or future traffic – the master secret key used for encryption will never have been sent over any communication channels. Given most modern browsers support the cipher suites necessary to allow PFS, and similar server side support, your data remains safe regardless – until another attack (brute force from NSA entire supercomputer rack, for instance) possibly prevails,” Maherry says.

These same security precautions – by way of intrusion detection systems – should allow you to see if your system has been compromised. Most attacks leave no logs and no traces and most data thefts take up a minimum of three years to be noticed. That heartbleed leaves no traces is neither surprising nor remarkable.

In other words, says Maherry, “although I may worry about an attacker getting lucky with their unauthorised memory request via the loophole, on a server which my provider has managed to deploy with no hardware SSL termination, and picked the right version of OpenSSL to enable the flaw, and that the vulnerable service has decided against any other security measure to prevent fraud or data theft, I will probably still sleep soundly tonight.”

For those with vulnerable systems, or who are worried they have been compromised Roberts offers the following advice: “Recompile the OpenSSL libraries with a compilation flag to remove the heartbeat functionality, or, upgrade to the latest OpenSSL version.

“For the slightly more paranoid (those who do not believe they have been exploited thus far but are taking precautions) – once OpenSSL has been rectified, generate new key pairs, and attain new SSL certificates for potentially affected servers.

“For the completely paranoid (those who believe they may have already fallen victim) – do all of the above, and ask all customers who use static login information (passwords, shared secrets, etc.) to change their respective credentials.”

Kaspersky Lab statistics: attacks involving financial malware rise to 28 million in 2013

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According to the study ‘Financial cyber threats in 2013‘ conducted by Kaspersky Lab, cybercriminals are increasingly trying to gain access to the online accounts of users. Last year, the number of cyber attacks involving financial malware increased to 28.4 million – 27.6% more than 2012.

Programmes designed to steal financial information include banking Trojans, keyloggers and two relatively new classes of malware – one that steals from Bitcoin wallets and another that downloads software to generate the crypto-currency. The combined activity of programmes targeting Bitcoin became one of the main drivers behind the growth in financial cyber attacks in 2013. Another factor was the discovery of a number of dangerous vulnerabilities used by criminals to conduct cyber attacks via the popular Java platform.

In 2013, Kaspersky Lab security solutions protected 3.8 million users from financial attacks (an increase of 18.6% year on year). Banking Trojans, including the notorious Zbot, Carberp, and SpyEye programmes, accounted for two-thirds of financial malware. However, compared with 2012 the share of this type of malware has fallen due to an increase in activity by malicious programmes targeting Bitcoin.

In 2013, in South Africa, Kaspersky Lab’s solutions detected over 83 000 attempts to infect user’s PCs with financial malware – this is an over 105% increase in comparison to 2012. An average number of attacks of financial malware per user was 3,6; the number of users attacked raised by 139% in comparison with 2012 – more than 4% of users faced them.

The proportion of keyloggers – malicious programmes that intercept keystrokes – also saw a gradual decline as cybercriminals switch from these highly specialised programmes to Trojans with a wide range of functions.

The proportion of financial cybercrime is greatest in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Mongolia, Myanmar, Peru, Turkey and Ethiopia, where this type of threat accounted for more than 12% of all malware incidents.

Percentage of users who encountered financial malware among the total number of users attacked by malware in 2013

Percentage of users who encountered financial malware among the total number of users attacked by malware in 2013

There was also a lot of activity in the mobile malware segment, with 2013 seeing explosive growth in the number of mobile apps capable of stealing money from users’ bank accounts. The number of these types of threats in Kaspersky Lab’s collection grew almost 20 times throughout the year. The vast majority of attacks targeted the owners of Android smartphones.

“Last year saw a significant increase in the proportion of financial cyber threats, with malware designed to steal money playing a key role. The popularity of banking Trojans and other programmes targeting financial data is due to the fact cybercriminals can use them to make money quickly. The current situation has forced users and financial institutions to take active measures against online threats, while security software vendors have to develop new protection solutions,” commented Sergey Lozhkin, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

To counter financial cyber threats, Kaspersky Lab solutions for home users and small businesses integrate Safe Money technology that protects user data during online banking and e-payment sessions.

Companies that provide financial online services to their clients may benefit from Kaspersky Lab’s comprehensive Kaspersky Fraud Prevention platform. It was developed to deliver rigorous, multi-layered security for online transactions: a server solution to check customer transactions as well as applications to protect users’ computers and mobile devices.

Malware is not the only method used by criminals to steal money online; phishing, or creating fake copies of sites to obtain confidential user data, is also popular. In 2013, Kaspersky Lab protection solutions blocked more than 330 million phishing attacks, of which 31.45% were performed using the names of banks, e-payment systems or online stores.

The ‘Financial cyber threats in 2013’ report used data obtained voluntarily from Kaspersky Security Network participants. Kaspersky Security Network is a globally distributed cloud-based infrastructure designed to quickly process depersonalised data about threats which users of Kaspersky Lab’s products encounter.

Please see attached an infographic, which highlights the financial malware targets, for your easy reference.

Cisco sets the new bar for enterprise collaboration

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Market leader in business collaboration delivers enhancements that enable mobile and distributed teams to connect through a “better than being there” experience

Cisco today announced a new video and collaboration solution designed to put high-quality video at the fingertips of everyone in the organisation—in organisations of all sizes. The systems will allow people to effectively share video and content in rooms of any size depending on their needs as well as the setup of the room. These fully integrated systems combine a sleek, award-winning design with a simple and intuitive user experience.

Great experiences for every conference room:

  • In its second generation, the Cisco TelePresence® MX200 is optimal for smaller rooms, is value-priced to scale, is incredibly easy to install, and offers premium HD resolution out of the box.
  • The Cisco TelePresence MX700 and Cisco TelePresence MX800 represent the performance line and are ideal for medium- to large-sized rooms. These integrated systems come equipped with premium HD resolution and support H.265, which will give users incredible quality at half the regularly-needed bandwidth.

No compromises between price and performance

  • Costing less than the price of a PC, The Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set builds upon elements many companies already have in smaller meeting spaces—flat panel displays—to create incredible video meeting spaces. Sure to be popular with SMBs, this system turns any standard flat panel display into an HD video collaboration system in 10 minutes or less. By making such a high-quality experience available at such an attractive price point, Cisco aims to make video the de facto collaboration tool for every conference room.

Everyone now has a front-row seat

  • As anyone who has endured a video call via webcam will tell you, a video session is only as good as the camera technology behind it. Cisco announces two new offerings in this category, both of which work with many of the solutions announced today. The Precision 60 offers the industry’s best image quality (1080p60), is highly adaptable to varying light conditions, and has a large zoom range, ensuring that the entire view is captured. The SpeakerTrack 60 gives everyone the best seat at the table; based on the Precision 60, it is a unique dual camera system that intelligently finds the active speaker in larger meeting rooms and quickly zooms in to show his or her image.

For unique rooms and use cases – the integrator’s dream

  • Not every room is built alike and not every customer has the same needs. The Cisco TelePresence SX80 is an ideal solution for integrators looking to equip large, unique spaces with video.

Technology makes it easier to connect and collaborate with colleagues, partners, and customers from any location—whether that’s the work office, the home office, a hotel room, or a coffee shop. Reliable, high-quality, interoperable video—as opposed to video that’s webcam-based, unreliable or incapable of scaling—plays a significant role in the collaboration mix.

But there isn’t enough of this technology: industry statistics show that more than 93 percent of meeting rooms globally aren’t equipped with high-quality video. So, many times we have to do without. In this era of the Internet of Everything (IoE), Cisco believes video needs to be available everywhere: from the browser to the boardroom to all the spaces in between, including the other 93 percent of meeting rooms.


Products announced today will be launched in South Africa between June and August, starting with the Cisco TelePresence SX10 Quick Set. The remainder of the products will be launched thereafter.

Supporting Quotes

Conrad Steyn, Collaboration Product Sales Specialist, Cisco South Africa
“Previous attempts to deliver collaboration have been incremental and good. But the cold, hard truth is that today’s collaboration tools are forcing users to do today’s jobs with yesterday’s technology. It is time for a change. The industry is ready for a great leap forward, and Cisco is making that leap. These new products represent the first phase of a multi-phase rollout in how Cisco is reimagining collaboration and setting the foundation for a revolution in the industry; stay tuned for more.”




Large Chemical manufacturer successfully implements Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

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Local cleaning and household materials manufacturer, Reggae Chemicals, has implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to help service a new wave of customers from outside South Africa. AccTech Systems, a business solutions provider and Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner of the Year 2013, has implemented the solution.

Reggae Chemicals mainly operated as a cash retail business, but Dynamics AX 2012 allowed it to expand into global markets with ‘make-to-order’ sales opportunities. Dynamics AX 2012 modules included financials, bank management, procurement, inventory and stores, production and retail.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 addressed all basic processes like stock take and inventory control and provided Reggae Chemicals with an integrated retail platform. The first phase included the setup and processing of the general ledger, accounts payables and receivables, inventory, purchasing and production. The setup of stores followed as a second phase, once Reggae Chemicals had completed its expansion of its warehouse facilities.

Reggae Chemicals operations manager Andrew Harper says they required a system that would initially provide basic functionality and then have the ability to scale as they grow. “Business expansion, inventory and production, and retail functions were our main drivers. Furthermore, the power of a single system catering for finances, material requirements planning, production processing and advanced point-of-sales controls; without developments or integrations.”

AccTech Systems CEO Tertius Zitzke says Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is the perfect system for Reggae Chemicals. “It helped the company move away from manual capturing and Excel reporting, it now has full operational reporting rather than just standard financial reports.”

Kethan Parbhoo, Dynamics ERP lead for Microsoft’s EMEA region adds that Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail helps retailers gain insight into customer behavior and then use it to optimize the whole chain of operations – from sales to supply and distribution.

“The end-to-end solution uniquely supports point-of-sale, store management, merchandizing, and ERP business processes through deep integration out of the box that helps solve the challenge of complexity faced by retailers, such as Reggae Chemicals.”

Reggae Chemicals operations manager Andrew Harper says central administration and management of all business activities are a huge benefit. “Real-time visibility of sales revenue and improved purchasing and buying behavior with proper procurement planning and processing is critical to the success of our business.”

“More importantly, Dynamics AX 2012 offers improved stock control and reduced wastage due to visibility of stock on hand,” he concludes.


Mauritius – An investment destination of choice

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Making an investment in Africa is considered to be tricky business, with political instability and economic uncertainty two hurdles that can trip up the unwary. However, Mauritius – Africa’s shining beacon of social and economic stability tops several polls as the safest place to put your finances.

It’s not just the beautiful scenery and balmy tropical sunshine that are persuading entrepreneurs and wealthy foreigners to relocate their businesses or add a villa in Mauritius to their portfolios, but the Ibrahim Index of African Governance hails it as the best run country in Africa the World Bank’s survey of the Best Countries for Doing Business ranked it as the 1st in Africa and 20th globally in 2014.

These economic accolades are backed up by a 92.9% employment rate and 89.9% literacy rate, a 15% corporate and personal tax rate and blissfully little crime. The beautiful beaches, top-notch healthcare system, good flight connections and widely spoken English and French also make Mauritius an easy emigration option.

For businessmen used to dealing with bureaucracy, the Mauritian approach is a breeze. Applications for Occupation Permits or Residence Permits are made through the Board of Investment and are issued within five working days.
These efforts to open Mauritius up to foreign investors were essential after the country’s sugar industry slumped. Sugar now contributes only 1% of GDP, down from 75% in the 1970s.

Further to Sachin Mohabeer, assistant director at the Board of Investment: “Without investment there won’t be growth or job creation so our strategy is to diversify the economy want to have more investors and high calibre professionals working in the country and more retirees living in the country.”

The strategy to broaden the economy includes capitalising on the natural beauty of the island by allowing high net worth individuals to buy properties in specifically designated areas. Foreigners can invest in property under the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), designed to attract wealthy foreigners and their hard currencies.

The government grants residency to investors who spend at least $500,000 on an IRS home and they can also apply for permission to start a business or find a job. Rob Hudson, MD of South African property development and sales company Hayes, Matkovich & Associates, says South Africans account for 40% to 50% of IRS sales and are often businessmen who want to take some money offshore.

Hayes, Matkovich & Associates is marketing two upmarket IRS resorts, La Balise Marina and Villas Valriche. Villas Valriche boasts the attractive combination of being both a beach resort and a golf estate, with 288 villas. With 146 units, La Balise Marina at Black River is the only IRS resort to feature waterfront access and a marina, making it ideal for wealthy water babies.

Both La Balise Marina and Villas Valriche are developed by the ENL Group, a family-run company listed on the Mauritian Stock Exchange.

Hudson says the IRS policy is incredibly successful in helping to diversify the economy and is also proving a solid investment for the buyers. “You are investing in a stable country with a very low crime rate, an economy that’s doing well and a lifestyle that is hard to match anywhere in the world,” he says.

The first IRS properties to have been resold notched up an average 35% return on investment. Where other international ‘second home’ real estate markets have collapsed in recent years during the financial crisis, Mauritius has stood out with positive growth and continued returns on investment. With around 40% of investors coming from Europe, this performance in the ‘hard times’ bodes well for when the European investment markets recover. That said, Hudson does emphasize that Mauritius is a niche market opportunity but not a speculative one and investors should adopt a medium to long term outlook.

Owners can also put their villas into a rental pool, giving them a holiday home of their own that generates a steady income too.

While many South Africans are investing in Mauritius for a holiday home, as a long-term retirement plan, or to base their business there, others see it as a safety net in case South Africa takes a turn for the worse. “It’s a contingency plan for many people,” Hudson says. “You have a wonderful holiday home to enjoy but you also have the option of going to work in Mauritius or running your business interests from Mauritius, where there is an extremely attractive tax rate of 15%.”

The recent slide in the rand has made dollar-denominated foreign homes more expensive, but conversely it is prompting people to take money offshore in case of further deterioration.

And a property in paradise is about as safe an investment as you can make. The Mauritian property laws are strongly in favour of home owners, while the IRS scheme will let you buy a plot now and hold it for up to five years before you build, to fit in with your cash flow.

Prices at Villa Valriche start at $670,000 for a 2-bedroom villa and $800,000 for a 4-bedroom villa, going up to $2.7m. At La Balise Marina, prices start at $700 000 for a 2-bedroom apartment, going up to $3.3m for 5-bedroom villa, all taxes and fees included. Still at La Balise Marina, Duplexes that cost $600,000 to build have already been resold for $800,000.

Mauritius has never been a cheap destination, but with good reason, Hudson says. “It’s a small island and they are not making any more of them,” he says.

Adam Smith International partners with AccTech to deploy Microsoft Project Online

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Adam Smith International, an international advisory firm, has partnered with Microsoft Gold Certified partner, AccTech Systems, to deploy Microsoft PPM (Project and Portfolio Management) for the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility (CRIDF). Helping reform and improve economies and institutions worldwide, Adam Smith International is implementing Microsoft PPM as a central repository for all globally dispersed projects.

CRIDF is a Department for International Development (DFIDs) water infrastructure programme in Southern Africa. Over the next two years, the Facility will deliver sustainable small-scale infrastructure across 11 SADC countries including Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

CRIDF is staffed by a full-time Project Management Unit (PMU) comprising world leading experts in fields related to water security and climate change. The PMU is responsible for identifying, selecting and mobilising Projects, responding to the demand for intervention in the SADC community. The programme will aim for several ‘iconic’ Projects and widely disseminate their successes to catalyse broader investment in climate resilient infrastructure.

CRIDF Financial Director Riaan Bloem says “Project Workspaces provide management and repository for documentation related per geographically dispersed projects and project resources and built-in workflow provides and facilitates document approval processes.”

Nevan Pillay, product marketing manager at Microsoft South Africa, says Microsoft Project Online is a flexible online solution for PPM and everyday work. “Delivered through Office 365, Project Online enables organisations like CRIDF to get started, prioritise project portfolio investments and deliver the intended business value – from virtually anywhere on nearly any device. Organisations can add teams and projects within minutes with a web-based portal and immediately get insight about their portfolio with new point and click reporting capabilities.”

AccTech Systems CEO Tertius Zitzke says the Microsoft’s Project Online solution helps CRIDF deliver the right projects, reduce costs, drive efficiencies, and ultimately plant the seeds to upscale.

This web-based solution enables CRIDF to gain visibility and control across all Projects and Portfolios, enhance decision-making, improve alignment with its strategy, maximise resource utilisation and enhance project execution.

“Now more than ever, executives are being challenged to do more with less and as a result, have to be judicious about where they spend their money and how they allocate resources. A Project and Portfolio Management solution is the answer,” concludes Zitzke.

PBT Group brings Visual Business Intelligence expert, Stephen Few, to SA!

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PBT Group, one of the leading Business Intelligence (BI), Advanced Analytics and Information Specialist groups in Africa, is proud to announce that Stephen Few, a global expert in data visualisation, will be in South Africa, from the 03rd – 05th June 2014, to present his Visual Business Intelligence Workshop.

Says Martin Rennhackkamp, CIO of PBT Group: “As data continues to explode, it will have a profound impact on businesses, especially as organisations grapple with how to extract value from their data to remain competitive. But how can businesses make data work for them?”

With 30 years of experience as an innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of BI and information design, Stephen Few is well known within the BI industry as a leading expert in data visualisation.

Says Stephen Few; “We are overwhelmed by information, not because there is too much, but because we don’t know how to tame it. Information lies stagnant in rapidly expanding pools as our ability to collect and warehouse it increases, but our ability to make sense of and communicate it remains inert, largely without notice. Computers speed the process of information handling, but they don’t tell us what the information means or how to communicate its meaning to decision makers. These skills are not intuitive; they rely largely on analysis and presentation skills that must be learned.”

Data visualisation provides a very powerful means to make sense of data. By mapping data to visual properties such as position, length, size, shape and colour, visualisation designers leverage perceptual skills to help people discern and interpret patterns within data. Such patterns are often hard or impossible to detect and analyse when merely looking at the data in a typically tabular textual format.

Continues Rennhackkamp; “The purpose of data visualisation is to utilise a visual view to obtain to a better understanding of the underlying data and what it represents. This is critically important for businesses as this then allows the information to be put into a business context, thereby allowing for better analyses or better decisions to be made. PBT is honoured to be able to bring Stephen Few to SA to show local businesses how to effectively achieve this! A first for South African businesses, who will gain direct insight’s from the global innovator in this space”

The 3 day course will focus on the following:

  • how to effectively communicate quantitative data using tables and graphs
  • how to select the appropriate medium of communication (table vs. graph, and which type)
  • how to visually design each component to express your message clearly and compellingly
  • unique design skills required to build dashboards that really work
  • full visual data analysis skills and practices that can truly make a difference

Stephen Few will be presenting the Visual Business Intelligence Workshop in Johannesburg from the 03rd – 05th June 2014, at The Venue in Melrose Arch. The cost of delegate tickets includes:

  • R17 995 excluding VAT.
  • Group booking discount: Get 4 for the price of 3

There is limited space and therefore bookings are on a first come first serve basis. All lunch and refreshments for the duration of the course are included.

Given the relevance and expected insights that Stephen Few will bring to South Africa, we have no doubt that this workshop will be beneficial to experts in the field of BI, and so we are excited about having Stephen here to teach and guide us. We look forward to the impact this workshop will make to those who attend and of course our broader industry.

For more details on how to register today, please visit:

DynaTech on the acquisition trail

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Leading business solutions provider DynaTech is on the acquisition trail this year as it moves to grow and expand its areas of operation.

DynaTech is a business solutions provider that assists businesses to transform and realise value using technology and the information resident in every organisation.

“Now in its tenth year of operation”, says co-founder and CEO Ntokozo Xaba, “the company is playing in the centre of what Gartner calls the Nexus of Forces – cloud, mobility, big data and the internet of things – and is well-positioned to deliver solutions to its public and private sector client base in these arenas”.

Says Xaba: “DynaTech provides solutions in the business process management, asset management, application integration and big data arenas. We’ve started developing apps in the mobile space for clients. We have strategic partnerships with vendors like TS Innovations (Pty) Limited, IBM, Ventyx, NetIQ, Alfresco, Novell and Microsoft. DynaTech has specialised skills and domain expertise in the public sector as well as access to high-level telecoms and financial services expertise through our partnership with TS Innovations (Pty) Limited”

“DynaTech takes a Silicon Valley approach”, Xaba says, through its close relationship with TS Innovations (Pty) Limited which sees several of its directors sitting on the TS Innovations (Pty) Limited local board and giving DynaTech access to TS Innovations (Pty) Limited international executives”.

“Acquisitive and organic growth is a huge part of DynaTech’s plans”, he adds. “If you look at what we’ve done in the last eight years – since we became TIBCO’s partner – we’ve been doing small, quiet acquisitions. We’re seeking to acquire companies with technical and cultural fit, and are taking a cautious approach. We’re looking for culture-fit, and big vision in terms of growth.”

DynaTech has plans to move outside of South Africa’s borders, into the rest of the continent and the Middle East.

Xaba also adds: “We want to play in the Africa Middle East (AME) space. We have a huge focus on growing outside of the borders. We’ll also continue to invest in our brand and in our skills this year. We believe we have a strong advantage because we invest in developing our staff and their skills”

Xaba sees cloud as a game-changer, and says DynaTech will be making investments in that space too. Other areas of focus include developing and launching mobile apps for both public and private sector clients as mobile is a key factor in the company’s long-term plans.

JCSE advises South African IT businesses to be ready for the POPI Act

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The Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University says that IT businesses need to be aware of the implications of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act, signed into law on the 26th November 2013. JCSE Director, Prof Barry Dwolatzky says that POPI regulates how anyone who processes personal information must securely manage this information: “While the law is not yet in force, it is very important for businesses to ensure that they can comply with its stringent requirements.”

Dwolatzky says that while Government still has to announce a commencement date, IT businesses must use the time to adequately prepare and ensure they are compliant: “When POPI commences it will place stringent responsibilities on companies accountable for managing personal information. There will be severe penalties if the Act is not complied with, which could also include a prison sentence.”

The Act applies to any information regarding customers or suppliers, including contact details and correspondence; human resources and payroll data; curricula vitae, applications for employment, CCTV records, performance reviews and internal e-mail records. POPI also covers cross-border data transfer requirements, as information may not be relocated to countries with inadequate information protection frameworks.

With an objective to improve IT processes and educate IT professionals, the JCSE in collaboration with Jozihub, will be hosting an information session where POPI and its impact on IT professionals will be explored. Guest speaker, Danie Strachan, Partner at Adams and Adams and a member of the Law Society of the Northern Province and a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law, will provide much needed insight into POPI and what IT professionals need to know.

Date : Wed 16 Apr 2014
Time : 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Venue : Jozi Hub 44 Stanley Road Milpark, Johannesburg
To register:
Media: contact

For more information on the JCSE events call 27 11 717 6390 or email


Infor CloudSuite™ available for the Aerospace & Defense industry

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Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced Infor CloudSuiteTM Aerospace & Defense (A&D) to offer industry customers access to applications within the cloud environment. Infor CloudSuite A&D builds upon Infor’s offerings available on Amazon Web Services (AWS), combining beautiful software with rich manufacturing industry functionality. With a flexible, subscription-based delivery model to considerably lower upfront IT expenditure, Infor CloudSuite A&D provides specially configured functionality that is able to meet the unique needs of the aerospace and defense industry.

The release of Infor CloudSuite A&D provides Infor customers with a greater range of access when utilising core industry applications. The suite can help significantly lower capital investment for IT, while allowing customers to collaborate electronically across their supply chain in real-time. Infor CloudSuite A&D provides greater flexibility, better manufacturing and reliable financials with less cost to implement and sustain.

The suite also offers customers access to industry specific analytics, which are delivered through a unified suite comprised of a unique user interface to provide critical data and metrics to end-users. The suite also utilises Infor ION®, a purpose-built middleware and social collaboration engine Infor Ming.le™, which facilitates internal and external communications between customers and their suppliers. These enhancements support globalisation by allowing users to view real-time data at anytime and from any location. Infor CloudSuite A&D enables applications to be launched remotely, which in turn can provide access to emerging partners, suppliers and joint ventures.

Customers experience a faster return on investment (ROI) with Infor CloudSuite A&D and a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO), as cloud delivery with AWS is managed through a monthly subscription. Without the need to purchase additional onsite servers and hardware or hire supplementary IT staff, Infor CloudSuite A&D is more cost effective upfront. It is positioned as an operating expense, rather than a capital expense like traditional on-premise deployments.

“Aerospace and defense manufacturers are consistently looking for new ways to reduce overhead and cut costs,” said Edward Talerico, industry director, Aerospace & Defense, Infor. “Infor CloudSuite A&D gives them the option to manage their technology in the cloud without a large capital expense, allowing them to realise both immediate and future savings while still maintaining flexibility.”

Infor will help customers to take advantage of Amazon Web Services’ expertise and economies of scale by leveraging the AWS Cloud, providing access to resources when they need them, on demand and with auto-scaling built into the Infor applications. AWS provides services in 10 Regions, with 25 Availability Zones and 51 Amazon CloudFront Edge locations globally.

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