Many of you are losing sleep over the state of your content. You know it’s not adequately managed and governed. You know users hoard it unsecured on their desktops, in cloud repositories, in file shares. They circumvent the established protocols and established systems you’ve put in place.
The selfie. Love it or hate it, it is undeniable that it has become a central element of global culture, transcending boundaries of geography, religion, and status. Nothing embodies the influence of technology on our lives more than the phenomenon of the selfie.
Everyone has become familiar with the term ransomware, with attacks increasing in frequency and making the headlines far too often. Most ransomware takes control of a machine or mobile device and demands payment in cryptocurrency to release an encryption key to unlock the system. Ransomware attacks are indiscriminate in who they target, affecting businesses and individuals alike. As long as the ransom is paid, the cyber criminals don’t care who is affected.
Technological advancement is a main driver of economic growth, productivity, and operational efficiencies. Today, these technological advancements are largely in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (a subset of AI) – the ability of machines, through the use of algorithms, to interpret data, predict outcomes and learn from successes and failures. This technological development, known as the 4th Industrial Revolution, is going to bring enormous change to how we live and work.
The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) NPC is aware that the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. In addition, there are talks that South Africa’s own Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act 26 of 2013 may come into effect during the course of 2018.
We’ve come a long way in the last century. We’ve put a man on the moon and shot a car into space. We’ve gone from drive-ins to drones, and from telegrams to Twitter. But we still haven’t quite managed to shake one relic from the past: the password.
Government’s 2016 ICT policy, and by extension the new Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, however, exacerbates the bad aspects of the ECA and then also introduces bad (and potentially bad, given the Bill’s ambiguity) new policies.
As any business owner will tell you, one of the biggest challenges they face is access to markets. In South Africa, this is especially true for small and emerging businesses. While reform and support programmes will improve the situation, businesses also have a role to play when it comes to ensuring it’s as easy as possible for the market to find them.