SA to step up cyber security
SECURITY| Sept. 28, 2012, 12:05 p.m.
The South African government is finalising plans for a national cyber security hub and long-awaited cyber inspectors.
Palesa Legose, Director of Cybersecurity at South Africa's Department of Communications, said in Johannesburg today that plans for a national cyber security hub were being finalised, with a view to announcements being made around March next year.
While she could not elaborate on where the hub would be based, Legose said it would serve as a central contact point for cyber security initiatives across the country.
Legose noted that the government views cyber crime in a serious light, and therefore aims to launch an awareness programme and establish a National Cyber security Advisory Council (NCAC) in collaboration with the private sector, to step up the fight against cyber crime.
"We will meet all stakeholders early in November for talks on taking these initiatives forward," she said.
She added that cyber inspectors, mooted since 2003, are now being trained.
MORE SECURITY NEWS
Top targets for cyber attacks in East AfricaGovernments are East Africa’s top target sector for cyber attacks, followed by telecoms and financial services, says a report by Control Risks. Read More
Connecting the dots: respond-to-alerts based security posture will not protectAccording to an Arbor paper, “Connecting the Dots in Enterprise Security”, advanced threats target a specific company, are designed to bypass traditional controls, and comprise a planned and orchestrated set of attack activities. Read More
DNS attacks on the increase, concern for SA firmsSouth African organisations will likely see an increase in the volume and severity of network attacks over the coming years, says Arbor Networks. Read More
RSA: 75 percent of organisations at significant risk of cyber incidentsRSA, The Security Division of EMC, has released data demonstrating that organisations that invest in detection and response technologies, rather than perimeter-based solutions, are better poised to defend against cyber incidents. Read More
DDoS attacks don’t have to mean ‘game over’The problem of inadequate protection from DDoS attacks is a growing concern for South African organisations, says Arbor Networks. Read More
DNS attacks on the increase, concern for SA firmsArbor Networks Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report provides a rare insight into the nature of today’s network security threats, and the ways in which enterprise network operators and service providers are facing up to these challenges. Read More
Arbor Networks Spectrum v2.1 pioneers new network approach for security teamsArbor Networks Inc., the security division of NETSCOUT, has introduced version 2.1 of Arbor Networks Spectrum, its advanced security analytics and threat-hunting platform, to the African region. Read More
Things to ask your MSSP to increase your network’s securityArbor Networks has drawn up five questions to ask an MSSP to better ensure security throughout your organization. Read More
Unpacking penetration testing for SMEsMWR Infosecurity outlines penetration testing best practice for SMEs. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.