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Cyber Resilience Is More Than Just Defending Against Threats

first_imgCompanies list cyberattacks, IT downtime, and leaked data as the greatest threats to their business operations according to the “2020 Allianz Risk Barometer.” What’s more, hardly anyone could have anticipated a global pandemic that would temporarily paralyze parts of the economy. As a result, many companies will reassess their risks, with the likelihood of even more emphasis on cybersecurity, because working from home in particular has increased companies’ dependence on digital infrastructures while simultaneously increasing their vulnerability. Cybercriminals recognized this fact during the early stages of the pandemic, and attacks have been on the rise ever since.Not only has the number of attacks increased, but also the quality of these attacks. Cybercriminals can use the dark web to access a broad range of cyberattack tools that were previously only available to major hacker groups and nation-states. SMEs are also being subjected to very complex cyberattacks. However, they are often negligent about IT security and reliability because they lack know-how, personnel, or financial resources.In doing so, they underestimate or overlook how expensive security incidents and interruptions to IT operations are. According to the “Global Data Protection Index: New 2020 Snapshot” from Dell Technologies, the estimated cost of data loss is more than $1 million and the cost of IT downtime more than $800,000. Which means that it is a good investment to spend the money on data and infrastructure protection.The question remains, where should it be invested? Traditional concepts and solutions work to a limited degree due to increasingly distributed infrastructures with a remote workforce and the use of cloud services. Of course, there’s no getting around the basic necessity of quick and reliable installation of security updates, because most cyberattacks exploit software vulnerabilities. The mail infrastructure must be protected because e-mail is the main port of entry for malware and phishing attempts. Still, having an up-to-date backup is your company’s best insurance against ransomware and hardware downtimes.Nevertheless, the modern world of work also requires new concepts and technologies. The protection of digital identities, the granting of rights, and monitoring access are among the priorities because the boundaries of the corporate network are becoming. Zero-trust concepts and multi-factor authentication, for example, can help here. In addition, the focus can no longer be on providing defense against threats alone; it needs to be expanded to include detection and response to cyberattacks. In this context, AI and automation are invaluable. They relieve the burden on the employees in IT security departments and help if it becomes necessary to quickly initiate countermeasures to minimize damage and downtimes. It’s the only way of achieving real cyber resilience.Furthermore, as we have seen in the current global pandemic, companies need emergency plans with thought-out and proven procedures they can fall back on in crises so they do not have to improvise at the last minute. Sending employees home to work remotely is an example of one such improvisation. The option of working from home should be integrated into a company’s overall security concept as quickly as possible. Additionally, employees need clear guidelines and training to enable them to securely handle data and company applications in a responsible manner when working from home.In the future, IT security must be an integral part of all IT projects, regardless of whether they involve employees working from home, the modernization of the infrastructure, or the introduction of a new cloud service. After all, cybercrime is a business that generates billions in revenue and is constantly evolving, which is why companies need to also consider IT security from the outset and view it as a process that is constantly reviewed and continuously improved.last_img read more

10-Man Ghana Thrash Rivals Nigeria To Retain WAFU Cup

first_imgHosts Ghana have retained the WAFU Cup trophy after they defeated fierce rivals Nigeria 4-1 in the final match played at the Cape Coast Stadium.Stephen Sarfo was the hero for the Black Stars as he netted a brace either side of halftime. Vincent Atinga and Winful Kwaku Cobbina got the other goals for Ghana who had the aforementioned Atinga sent off for two yellow cards. Kano Pillars star Rabiu Ali scored Nigeria’s consolation goal in added time.In the 3rd/4th place playoff played earlier, Niger Republic defeated Benin Republic 2-1 to win third place at the 2017 WAFU Cup tournament.RelatedWAFU Cup 2017: Nigeria Beat Neighbours Benin To Seal Final PlaceSeptember 21, 2017In “Africa”Regional Football Body Announce Hosts For WAFU B Women’s Cup Of Nations TournamentFebruary 11, 2019In “News”AUDIO: Managerial reactions following Ghana’s triumph at the 2017 WAFU Nations Cup.September 25, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

BPO giant in SA – more to follow

first_img31 December 2007The decision by US-based business process outsourcing (BPO) giant TeleTech to establish a facility outside Cape Town is proof that the country’s marketing campaign to attract new foreign investment is a success, says the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC).IMC chief executive Yvonne Johnston says TeleTech’s decision will stimulate further global interest in the country’s advantages in the fields of BPO and call centres.“The BPO industry is poised for significant growth in the near future and South Africa is an ideal location to set up base,” Johnston said in a statement following TeleTech’s announcement in November.“We deliver competitive advantages compared with other countries in terms of our geographic location and time zone, the quality of our infrastructure, our human resources and the widespread usage of English.”The IMC, the custodian of Brand South Africa, is responsible for promoting the country as a preferred trade and investment destination.Construction of the new TeleTech facility at the Old Match Factory in Salt River, Cape Town, kicked off in late November with a sod-turning ceremony attended by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa.Colorado-based TeleTech Holdings is the first multinational company to benefit from a new incentive plan launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which has identified the BPO sector as a major future source of employment.“BPO is critical to our economic development strategy, and we see TeleTech as an anchor company for this new industry,” Mpahlwa said at the ceremony.SA a ‘high quality location’TeleTech has already announced that it plans a number of new facilities in South Africa, which will create thousands of new jobs in the BPO industry. The company already employs more than 50 000 people in 18 countries, and Cape Town is its first base on the African continent.“Africa’s future is in services, and South Africa is a virtually untapped market for offshore BPO,” TeleTech Africa general manager Craig Reines said in a statement. “We are attracted by the country’s excellent infrastructure, talented and growing labour pool, and the widespread use of English.“South Africa is a high quality location linking Africa into the global BPO supply chain.”Johnston said the TeleTech investment was a high-profile example of the success of the trade and investment missions jointly organised by the IMC and the DTI.“For the past five years we have conducted at least one mission a year – twice to the USA, Europe and the UK, and in October this year we went to India for the first time,” Johnston said. “We use these missions to inform the business communities in these countries about opportunities and prospects for trade and investment and to connect them with local contacts.“I am optimistic that we will see an increasing flow of trade and investment from companies that have come to know South Africa better through these visits.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Second chance for 2010 tickets

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Durban Stadium. (Image: City of Durban. For more free photos, visit the image library.)The second phase of ticket sales for the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off on Monday 4 May, with some 100 000 tickets up for grabs. These exclude tickets for the tournament’s two semifinals and the final – matches 61, 62 and 64.From this phase onwards tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be made at First National Bank (FNB) branches or via the Fifa website.South Africans applying for tickets at FNB branches will have to present a valid form of identification, and foreigners their passport. Those applying on behalf of friends or family will have to provide the details of these persons, including their identity numbers, names, dates of birth and nationality.Individual ticket applications are limited to up to four tickets per match, and up to seven matches in total, with prices starting at US$20 (R140). Applicants will be informed within 10 working days whether or not their application has been fully or partly successful.Tickets will be ready for collection at the Fifa venue ticketing centres from April 2010 onwards.For more information e-mail [email protected] or fax +41 43222 6800.Confederations Cup 2009Meanwhile, some 320 000 tickets are still available for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which runs from 14 to 28 June.To help boost ticket sales in South Africa, four ticketing centres have been set up in the tournament’s host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg. They are open from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, and can be found at:Johannesburg: Sandton Isle, corner of Rivonia Road and Linden Street, SandownPretoria: Brooklyn Mall, corner of Middel and Fehrsen Streets, New MuckleneukBloemfontein: Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, corner of Charles Street and First AvenueRustenburg: Waterfall Mall, 1 Augrabies AvenueFrom 11 May, South Africans will also be able to buy Confederations Cup tickets by calling the Fifa ticketing call centre on 083 2010 010.Also from 11 May, four ticket collection points, two each in Johannesburg and Pretoria, will be provided in the following FNB branches:Johannesburg: Eastgate Shopping Centre, GardenviewJohannesburg: Maponya Mall, Old Potchefstroom Road, Klipspruit, KliptownPretoria: Sunny Park, corner of Esselen and Trevenna Road, SunnysidePretoria: Hatfield, Hillcrest Boulevard Shopping Centre, Lynwood RoadThese collection points will be open during normal FNB trading hours.At all locations customers need to bring their:Credit card (if they used the card to buy tickets via www.Fifa.com)Ticket purchase card from their hard ticket application form (if they used the paper application form to purchase tickets)Proof of identity to confirm they are the person who ordered the ticketsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesNo swine flu threat to Confed CupNo power cuts in 2010Ticketing centres for Confed CupFrom Finland to SA’s Fifa CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Useful linksFifaFirst National BankSouth Africa 2010SouthAfrica.info – 2010last_img read more

2016 Ohio FFA Convention photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The State Officer Team kicks off the first session in style. Matthew Klopfenstein Chase Cummings from the Waynesfield FFA Chapter singing “That’s what we are about,” an original song, on the talent stage in front of fellow members. Emily Burns, a former Ohio FFA Intern, working the Ohio FFA apparel booth Members from all around the state came and helped package food Thursday for families in need. 96,000 packages were completed. Hillsboro FFA Chapter hanging out before first session Vinton County FFA members having fun before the first session gets underway FFA student reporters rock! Tiana Tozer was the keynote speaker who talked about her life after a devastating car accident. Lyndsey Carmack from the MVCTC Chapter shared her singing talent in the first session. New chapters were recognized Ohio FFA members through Camp Muskingum and chapter donations provided nearly $70,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and nearly $15,000 to CROP/Church World Services. Dave Roever Stars over Ohio Maggie Hovermale, Stoneridge-Pickaway Ross, Star in Agricultural Placement; Shaun Wenrick, Anna, Star in Agribusiness; Nathanael Freeman, Zane Trace, Star in Agriscience; and Clay Gerfen, Ridgemont Star Farmer; were announced. Student reporter Mallary Caudill talks with Dale Minyo. Former national FFA officer Jones Loflin was the keynote speaker. Mary Buehler State vice president The top chapters in Ohio were recognized. Austin Becker, Fairbanks, was the Creed Contest winner Josie Montoney, Amanda-Clearcreek,won the prepared speaking contest. Sydney Sniderlast_img read more

ONE launches Super Series for stand-up martial arts

first_imgMOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s not the first time that ONE Championship veered away from the hybrid rules of MMA as it already had two bouts in the Grappling Super-Match that was exclusive to grapplers.Shinya Aoki won the last Grappling Super-Match against Marat Gafurov in January of 2018 but was on the losing end of the first one against Garry Tonon in May 2017.Sityodtong said fighters under the ONE Super Series can also fight in the main MMA cards of the promotion and vice versa.ONE Super Series will have its first bouts on April 20 and will share the card with MMA fights.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Santiago-Manabat impressive in return from ACL injury NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Nextcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The ONE Super Series is exclusive to strikers who practice either of the following disciplines, Muay Thai, Lethwei, Silat, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Sambo, Kung Fu, Sanda, and Wushu.And these strikers could either fight inside a kickboxing ring and would follow the sport’s rules or inside the cage under hybrid rules.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“ONE Championship has been a celebration of Asia’s greatest cultural treasure—martial arts—and the values of integrity, honor, respect, humility, discipline, courage, and compassion,” said Sityodtong.“Why is ONE Championship launching another league? In the same way that Starbucks offers many flavors of coffee and tea, we offer all martial arts.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES ONE Championship is continuing its innovation of the sport of mixed martial arts with the launch of ONE Super Series that will pit stand-up artists against each other.ONE Chairman Chatri Sityodtong said in a conference call that introducion the ONE Super Series is a “massive, game-changing moment for the world of martial arts.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Legislative Update for February 4 2015

first_img – 0:00:00 / 0:00:00Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. On Wednesday’s Update, we hear from Rep. Phil Potvin of Cadillac on his plan to increase the number of allowable snow days in Michigan’s school calendar. Categories: Audio,News Legislative Update for February 5, 2015 [ 4:04 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download (121)last_img