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Sophos: Be wary of ProLock ransomware and its faulty decryptor

Sophos has warned business to be wary of ProLock, a quirky, destructive ransomware with troubling aftershocks.  SophosLabs has provided an in-depth look at this ransomware and...
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Top 50 Women In Cybersecurity In Africa

The Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity Africa accolade recognizes women in cybersecurity in Africa who are making significant contributions to the industry and profession...
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[Column] Time to rethink your approach towards password change

Until a few years ago, everyone received advice to change passwords on a regular and frequent basis, just because it was possible. But the...
Cisco's NetAcad program commits to train 1M African students by 2025

Cisco’s cloud-native security platform Cisco SecureX now available globally

Cisco has announced the general global availability of its cloud-native security platform Cisco SecureX. Cisco launched this platform in February as a way of...
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Sophos unveils an updated version of its EDR solution

Sophos today unveiled an updated version of its Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), the first solution designed for both security analysts and IT administrators. This...
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Zoom Suspends Creation of Free User Accounts in China

Video conferencing platform Zoom has closed the door for new free registrations in Mainland China. The company said in a statement that it will...

Paying Ransom Doubles Ransomware Attack Recovery Cost, Says Sophos

Many organisations have always considered paying cyber ransom whenever they are hit by a ransomware attack. Doing so might however not be a good...
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Malware infects 1.69M Android Handsets in South Africa, Report

Secure-D from mobile tech company Upstream detected 1.69 million malware-infected Android devices in South Africa last year. Within many popular apps, Malware is lurking...
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Over 500,000 Stolen Zoom Accounts Sold Online For Cents

Over 500,000 stolen Zoom accounts have been spotted online being sold for cents each and sometimes even free, reports BleepingComputer. According to Cybersecurity intelligence...
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Sophos Reports discovers 30 Fleeceware Apps Targeting iPhone users

Sophos has published a new report showing how Apple device users are being targeted by applications that overcharge users through costly subscriptions or unscrupulous...

Watch out! Scummy scammers target home deliveries

If you’re sitting at home right now, sheltering from the coronavirus pandemic – and there’s a good chance you are – then you are...

Sophos tracks significant COVID-19 related cyber-scams

Due to the ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cyber criminals are taking advantage of unsuspecting users to breach their system. This might have a...
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Hackers Can Infect Your Computer If You Visit Coronavirus Maps

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to raise eyebrows around the world, the WHO has declared it a global pandemic. Many people are now using...
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NordVPN Bug Exposed Critical Customer Data With No Authentication Required

One of the world's popular VPN services, NordVPN, has experienced a critical bug that exposed user information to hackers. The vulnerability evolved around the...
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Kaspersky is calling on tech startups to apply for its Open Innovation Program

Kaspersky Innovation Hub (IHub) is calling on tech startups from across Africa and the rest of the world to apply for the second round...
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Sophos acquired for $3.9 billion in cash

Cybersecurity company Sophos has announced earlier today that it has been acquired. The firm was acquired by Thoma Bravo, a private equity firm in...
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PayPal Accounts Used By Hackers For Unauthorized Payments

PayPal has fixed a bug that could let attackers perform unauthorized mass payments. The bug, according to ZDNet, lied in PayPal's Google Pay integration. Though...

Nigeria to host the 2020 Cyber Africa Summit

Global B2B events and conference organizer, Tradepass is set to host their exclusive cyber security conference, Cyber Africa Summit (CyFrica) 2020 in Nigeria. The...

Sophos launches ‘Xstream’ version of XG Firewall

Sophos has introduced a new “Xstream” architecture for Sophos XG Firewall with high performance Transport Layer Security (TLS) traffic decryption capabilities that eliminate significant...

[Column] Beware: Gender-based cybercrime

Recent South African news reports have reflected an influx of gender-based crimes targeting women. Heartbreaking and harrowing accounts have flooded the media depicting these...
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New Mobile App Trends That Will Help Businesses Succeed In 2020

Mobile apps are reshaping all industries and business leaders need to quickly adopt the latest mobile app trends in order to succeed in 2020....

Sophos’ MTR proactively hunts for and validates potential threats

Cybercriminals are continuously adapting new methods and increasingly launching hybrid attacks that combine automation with interactive human ingenuity to effectively evade detection. Once they gain a foothold, they’ll employ ‘Living off the...

[Column] Extending security to the cloud

Business leaders now have a choice whether they want to continue using their trusted firewall or move to a next-generation firewall delivered by appliances...

Sophos upgrades its Cloud Optix to simplify cloud security

Endpoint security leader Sophos has unveiled advancements to its Cloud Optix that automate and simplify the detection and response of cloud security vulnerabilities and...

How most prevalent and persistent ransomware families attack victims

Sophos has published How Ransomware Attacks, a playbook for defenders that explains how ransomware variants attack and impact victims. The playbook complements the 2020 Threat Report released...
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Sophos 2020 Threat Report: Cyber criminals are exploiting malicious Android apps, misconfigured cloud platforms...

Sophos 2020 Threat Report shows how cyber attackers are raising the stakes in ransomware, increasing stealth in malicious Android apps, exploiting misconfiguration in the...

SheHacks 2019: Microsoft commits to support women Cybersecurity Engineering

Microsoft through its Cloud and AI Security Engineering team has reiterated its commitment to advocate for women with an interest in security engineering through...

[Column] Why it’s the right time for a career in cybersecurity

The cybersecurity landscape is a battle zone. War is being fought on every front, from email to firewalls to personnel to cracking complex codes,...

Growth in Fintech drives growth in cyberattacks, Kaspersky

Africa’s Fintech sector is booming! According to reports, Africa’s Fintech ecosystem has surged 60% in the last two years and the continent’s Fintech firms have...

Internet Solutions Sets up a Ksh.20M Cyber Threat Intelligence Centre in Kenya

Internet Solutions has set up a Ksh.20 million Cyber Threat Intelligence Centre in Kenya. The company also says will be looking to invest an...
As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

South Africa experiencing a disturbingly high number of data breaches

Credit reporting agency Equifax has agreed to pay more than $677m to regulators to settle claims from a data breach that exposed the personal...
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Apple will Offer Security Researchers Special “Unlocked” iPhones for Bug Hunting on iOS.

Following the launch of the Apple Bug Bounty program for iOS back in September 2016, the company wants to even cement its research program...

IT Managers are overwhelmed with Cyberattacks and Struggling to Keep Up, Sophos Survey

Sophos today announced the findings of its global survey, The Impossible Puzzle of Cybersecurity, which reveals IT managers are inundated with cyberattacks coming from...

Sophos Acquires Rook Security to Provide Managed Detection and Response

Sophos, today announced that it has acquired Rook Security, a pioneer and leader in managed detection and response (MDR) services. Rook Security provides a...
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Sophos launches Intercept X for Server with EDR to help businesses battle new blended...

EndPoint security leader Sophos has today announced that it is launching Intercept X for Server with Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) to help businesses...
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Kaspersky Lab is setting up a new office in Kigali

Kaspersky Lab is opening a new office in Kigali, Rwanda. The cybersecurity and antivirus provider has announced plans to set up the new office...
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WhatsApp voice call feature used by attackers to inject malicious spyware

On Monday, WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned instant messaging service, has reported the existence of vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to spy on its users. WhatsApp reported that...

MTN unveils Managed Security as a service solution for Kenyan enterprises

MTN Business has today launched MTN Managed Security as a service solution for its enterprise customers in Kenya. The product, according to MTN aims...
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Web Rangers takes its online safety training to Kiambu County

Content Development and Intellectual Property Trust (CODE-IP), a local NGO, and Kenya Web Rangers have extended their youth online safety training to Karuri in...
Cybercriminals Attack Cloud Server Honeypot Within 52 Seconds of going live, Sophos Report

Cybercriminals Attack Cloud Server Honeypot Within 52 Seconds of going live, Sophos Report

Cybercriminals attacked one of the cloud server honeypots within 52 seconds of the honeypot going live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is according to...
Fake mobile applications exposing Kenyans to cyber fraud, CA Report

Fake mobile applications exposing Kenyans to cyber fraud, CA Report

A proliferation of mobile applications on popular online stores is exposing Kenyans to increased cyber-attacks and fraud, the latest sector statistics report by the...
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Facebook stored up to 600 million user passwords in plain text

By now you have probably heard of the scary news of how Facebook stored millions of user’s passwords in plain text. The news was...
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Sophos Intercept X Achieves Highest Security Effectiveness Score in NSS Labs 2019 Advanced Endpoint...

Sophos announced that its next-gen endpoint solution, Sophos Intercept X, was recognized for having the highest security effectiveness and the most efficient TCO (total cost...
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Sophos Central Management Platform Now Features All Next-Gen Cybersecurity Protection from Sophos

Addition of Sophos XG Firewall provides advanced Synchronized Security capabilities for accelerated response to cyberattacks from a single cloud-based management console

Matrix Deconstructed: The trend for targeted ransomware continues

Endpoint security leader Sophos has released a new report  about a new ransomware family called Matrix. The malware has been operating since 2016 and Sophos...

5 Security Tips To Protect Your Website From Hackers

Most websites right now are using online marketing, and many people claim hackers can’t affect their site. That’s when you lower your guard, and...

Creditinfo new solution to combat synthetic identity fraud for Kenyan mobile lending market

Creditinfo has launched a new Integrated anti-fraud solution to combat identity fraud for the Kenyan mobile lending market. According to the credit information and risk...

‘Collection #1’ data breach leaks more than 700M email addresses

In what has been described as one of the largest data breach in history, the Troy Hunt owned Have I Been Pwned? (HIBP) website...

Safaricom Introduces I.T Security Solutions For its Enterprise Customers

The services include Managed Security Solutions, Security Assurance and Advisory services as well as Managed Security Operations Center solutions and will enable the customers to access a wide range of security solutions to protect their information technology (I.T) systems.

CA is warning of Emotet malware targeting local network systems

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), has warned of a new malware targeting network systems in the country. Known as ‘Emotet’, CA through the...

Cryptojacking shows no signs of slowing down in 2019, says ESET

Cases of cryptocurrency mining and cryptojacking will continue to grow in 2019, as attackers target smart devices and home assistants to build cryptomining farms,...
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Sopho adds Lateral Movement Protection to XG Firewall to prevents threats from spreading

Sophos has now included lateral movement protection to prevent targeted, manual cyberattacks or exploits from infiltrating further into a compromised network. According to the SophosLabs...

Sophos warns of more SamSam ransomware copycat attacks in 2019

Instead of using mass spamming techniques to blast malware to millions of recipients in the hope of collecting thousands of dollars each from thousands...

Sophos 2019 Threat Report unveils the rise of the hand-delivered, targeted

Sophos has launched its 2019 Threat Report providing insights into emerging and evolving cybersecurity trends. The report, produced by SophosLabs researchers, explores changes in the threat landscape...

Report: WannaCry is still alive hitting almost 75,000 users in Q3 2018

One and a half years after its epidemic, WannaCry ransomware tops the list of the most widespread cryptor families and the ransomware has attacked...

IT Leadership: Preventing your network from becoming a Botnet

By Harish Chib, vice president, Middle East & Africa, Sophos Botnets are large volumes of distributed networked computers and devices that have been taken over by...
Cybercriminals Attack Cloud Server Honeypot Within 52 Seconds of going live, Sophos Report

More than 40% of ICS computers were attacked in H1 2018

More than 40% of all industrial control system (ICS) computers protected by Kaspersky Lab solutions were attacked by malicious software at least once during...

SamSam: The new ransomware that has raised ransom demands of almost $6 million

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has uncovered a new ransomware which it claims has raised vastly more ransom demands of almost of $6...
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Sophos introduces Sophos Intercept X for Server To Protect Businesses Against Cyber Threats

Sophos has today announced Sophos Intercept X for Server, its next-generation server protection with predictive deep learning technology that provides constantly evolving security against...

Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report: Organisations now investing in Machine Learning and AI...

Security leaders are increasingly relying on tools that use AI and machine learning to defend against cybersecurity threats. This is according to the Cisco...

Something Phishy: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams

By Harish Chib, VP MEA Sophos. Phishing is one of the most common attack vectors for hackers who exploit end-user behavior as the weakest link in...
Cybercriminals Attack Cloud Server Honeypot Within 52 Seconds of going live, Sophos Report

Be cyber-savvy: Employees should not be secondary to technology

“Our employees are our greatest asset” is a phrase that continues to be published far and wide in a plethora of company profiles, human...

The war on cybercrime – why all Kenyan organisations need to play their part

By Brian Pinnock, Mimecast Africa and the Middle East Cyberattacks in Kenya are on the rise. There’s barely a day that goes by where you...
Cybercriminals Attack Cloud Server Honeypot Within 52 Seconds of going live, Sophos Report

SMEs Should Partner with Cyber Security Specialists to Prevent Loss of Billions

Imagine waking up one beautiful Monday only to realize that your website has been hacked. Your online accounts, your most precious work and even...

‘Step away from the fish tank!’ – how an IoT hack could be a...

For movie buffs and television fans, some lines are enduring classics. For example, how many times have you heard the phrase: “Step away from...

Artificial Intelligence: Your Bot Will See You Now

Next time you contact your insurer there is a good chance that you will be dealing with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Insurers are starting to...

Still waiting to catch the IoT bus? Here’s where it’s going in 2018

The breakthroughs that change our lives do not, usually, arrive in the world with a loud fanfare and an instant acceptance and understanding of...

Opinion: Of banks and cybersecurity

If there’s one industry we should be most concerned about when it comes to cyber criminals and security, it’s the one that looks...

5 Ways to Secure Your Identity in the Data Breach Era

By Patrick Rono, Security Technical Professional- IBM East Africa With major cybersecurity incidents dominating headlines for the past several years, consumers are well aware of...

User lock-down or education? Just one of today’s cybersecurity issues in a rapidly evolving...

According to the recent PwC report, The Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, companies around the globe are becoming more reliant on cyber...

National Bank of Kenya loses Ksh.29 Million to hackers.

The National Bank of Kenya has lost about Ksh.29 million to hackers. The hacking incident is said to have happened on Wednesday 17th. “We...

Top five business risks for Southern Africa

Political uncertainty through transitions and instability are among the key risks for businesses in Southern Africa in 2018, says specialist global risk consultancy Control...

Opinion: Taking enterprise security to the board

It’s that time of year, again, with many companies busying themselves in the art of budgeting and forecasting for 2018. In some companies, this means...

ESET Releases 2018 Report: Predicts Trends in Cybersecurity

Global cybersecurity services leader ESET has warned that the ransomware menace is likely to continue into 2018 with further growth in incidents and risks...

Female Journalists in Kenya to be trained on online safety

With more users now spending time online, the ways they can get compromised on the internet have gotten more numerous and sophisticated. From phishing...

Opinion: Preparation is key when defending against DDoS attacks

By Bryan Hamman, Arbor Networks territory manager for Sub-Saharan Africa If you are well prepared with your security systems – deployed in a holistic manner...

Cyber Security and The Impending Era of Connected Devices

By Jacob Haney One of the major problems that we see with the sudden boom in connected devices is that information security systems are not...

ESET announces free online cybersecurity training for businesses in Kenya

Internet security company ESET East Africa has announced the availability of free cybersecurity training for businesses and their employees in Kenya. The ESET Cybersecurity Awareness...

ESET supports call for standardized cybersecurity breach reporting

Internet security company ESET East Africa has added its voice to the call for legislation to compel organizations to share or release information to...

Sophos says its XG firewall is secure from WannaCry Ransomware

Security firm Sophos has issued a detection update for its customers after the WannaCry ransomware attack last week on Friday. The malware is reported...

ICT CS Joe Mucheru urges private sector to boost investment in cybersecurity

ICT Ministry Cabinet Sectretary Mr. Joe Mucheru, has urged the private sector to bolster investment in cybersecurity to curb the growing incidences of cybercrime...

Kenyan companies accruing massive losses amidst rising cyberattacks

Banks have become the leading target of cybercrime as people increasingly adopt the use of financial technology. In fact, according to Serianu’s Cybersecurity Report...

ESET signs M.O.U with @iLabAfrica centre to fight cybercrime in Kenya

Internet security company ESET East Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) with Strathmore’s @iLabAfrica aimed at enhancing the fight against cybercrime in...
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Sophos launches new solution to Combat Low Security Awareness Among End-Users

Sophos has today launched a new advanced phishing attack simulator and training solution to combat low-security awareness among end-users.  Known as Sophos Phish Threat, the...

Businesses in Africa worried about market volatility and political risks

Businesses operating in Africa increasingly worry about the unpredictable business environment where markets are volatile and political perils are on the rise. This is...

Cybersecurity: Hacking the vote -Should Alshabaab make us worried about 2017 polls?

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges Kenya has been trying to fight. Reports of government institutions being hacked by unknown people have been...

Zcash Fever: Criminals Exploiting Users PCs to Make Profits Mining Cryptocurrency

At the end of October, the new cryptocurrency Zcash was launched. It is positioned by its creators as a more secure alternative to Bitcoin....

Number of the Year 2016: One Billion Items of Malware Held in Kaspersky Lab’s...

Kaspersky Lab’s cloud malware database now carries a billion malicious objects, including viruses, Trojans, backdoors, ransomware, and advertisement applications and their components. A fifth...

Simple ways to protect yourself from Phishing attacks

Phishing is a form of identity theft where cybercriminals try to obtain private details such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by masquerading...
Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity

Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa sign MoU to raise awareness on cybersecurity in Africa

  Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity. The MOU will also see...
As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

Guest Post: Do You Own One of the Most Hackable Devices?

An IT solutions company in the Philippines, as well as other cybersecurity firms, have stressed that everything connected to the Internet is hackable. From...

Cyber Crime: Are your online banking transactions safe?

'Checking your account balance, paying bills and managing your finances… Nowadays, it is pretty normal to do all those things online.... But are you...

Kaspersky Lab Indicates Main Threat Vectors for Europe

Global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab, held its annual European Cyber Security Weekend in Malta from 20 to 23 October. The event brought together company...
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Kaspersky Lab launches Talent Lab, global cybersecurity competition

Kaspersky Lab has unveiled an international competition aimed at solving topical cybersecurity challenges.  The Talent Lab competition will see competitors use their technical and...
Sophos Intercept X installs alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, immediately boosting endpoint protection by stopping malicious code before it executes.

Sophos unveils Sophos Intercept X to extend its Next-Generation Endpoint Security Capabilities

Sophos has announced has unveiled its next-generation endpoint security product that stops zero-day malware, unknown exploit variants and stealth attacks. Known as Sophos Intercept...
One of the most valuable assets you have as a business owner is your server, and IT security issues like a data breach is a huge business nightmare.

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Protect Your IT Infrastructure from a Data Breach

Succumbing to cyber attacks can hurt your brand image. Fortunately, there are many techniques to infiltrate your systems such as having an IT security...
The R&D center will be focused on developing data analysis and machine learning technologies for the company’s enterprise solutions offering. Photo Source: Kaspersky Lab Blog

Kaspersky Lab opens its first Research and Development office in Europe

Kaspersky Lab has announced the opening of its first European research and development (R&D) center, in Dublin, Ireland. The company initial investment into the...

Guest Post: The security questions raised by IoT

In a world where devices are getting more powerful and smaller, IoT has become a common term even to the layman. Using sensors and...

One Cryptomalware attack cost Small Medium Businesses up to $99K in 2015

One cryptomalware attack cost small and medium businesses up to $99,000 on average last year, a global research, Corporate IT Security Risks 2016, conducted...

Sophos email system now available on its Cloud-Based Management Platform

Security solutions provider Sophos has today announced that Sophos Email is now available on its cloud-based Sophos Central management platform. This means customers and...

Every 10th crypto-ransomware attack is aimed at corporate users

The business segment is becoming a more and more attractive target for cipher-malware developers. According to a Kaspersky Lab report based on Kaspersky Security...

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