An intelligent approach to ransomware

18 January 2022

Kate Mollett, regional director, Commvault

Kate Mollett, regional director, Commvault

Globally, ransomware is predicted to cost organisations across the world $10.5 trillion annually, driven by growing connectivity and increasingly sophisticated attacks. Between January 2020 and June 2021, which was when the majority of countries were in lockdown due to Covid-19, there were an estimated 71 billion ransomware attacks on remote access devices. This equates to 1.3 million attacks every second. A successful breach not only results in lost data, but often also leaked data, which is a threat to reputation as well as a compliance problem. Ransomware is a major risk for business today, and an intelligent approach is essential in countering the threat.

Ransomware disasters

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Augmented reality becomes actual reality

18 January 2022

Sibongiseni Chili, product offer manager machine solutions at Schneider Electric

Sibongiseni Chili, product offer manager machine solutions at Schneider Electric

Augmented reality (AR) was once the stuff of Hollywood fantasies. Remember Marty McFly’s son in Back to the Future II sporting a head-mounted graphical display at the kitchen table? How about the use of AR-based gesture recognition throughout Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report? Or the helmet-mounted AR display in Iron Man?

Since these films hit the silver screen, augmented reality has become actual reality, finding its way into data centres, critical care facilities, plant operations, and more. According to the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa), the global AR/VR (virtual reality) market will see a 77% compound annual growth rate from 2019 to 2023. When you consider the profound impact AR is having on facility operations and maintenance, it’s easy to understand why.

First, a quick definition: AR is an interactive 3D experience that combines a view of the real world with computer-generated elements incorporating real-time data feeds. When applied to electrical power distribution across a wide range of businesses and industries, AR has the potential to greatly increase power availability, electrical safety, and efficiency. Here’s why:

Availability: AR helps organisations optimise operations and maximise continuity for better productivity and profitability
Safety: AR helps to reduce the risk of occupational injuries and fatalities
Efficiency: AR help reduce the total cost of ownership by offering more accessible and effective training

Minimise human error

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What’s the outlook for enterprise businesses and digital transformation in 2022?

17 January 2022

Mike Smith, director, large enterprise and public sector, Virgin Media O2 Business

Mike Smith, director, large enterprise and public sector, Virgin Media O2 Business

After the last two years, you can forgive analysts for not rushing to predict how 2022 might pan out.

The arrival of the Omicron variant has brought back restrictions, mask mandates and working from home guidance.

Yet the challenges of the new year come with some familiarity. Hybrid working models are now universal and continue to be adapted and improved. And investment in digital transformation is likely to continue as organisations look to rebound.

In fact, our recent report with the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicted that the UK’s C-suite will increase their technology investment by 18% in the next year, compared to pre-pandemic levels (2019). This will include a rise in spend on collaboration tools (14%), cloud services (11%), and analytics and insight tools (10%).

The study also found that the larger the company, the faster the pace of change and the more significant the investments.

Let’s dig deeper into what enterprise decision-makers are looking to invest in and why.

Ensuring security as the pandemic continues

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The future of collaboration

28 December 2021

Collaboration tools are nothing new – they have been around for many years, but the events of the last two years have accelerated their adoption as well as innovation around the offerings. As the world continues to adapt in a post-pandemic world and the hybrid-remote workforce becomes the norm, collaboration tools are evolving rapidly. New functionality is constantly being developed to enhance the experience, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other next-generation technologies are being incorporated into mainstream tools.

Teamwork in the cloud

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In a world without boundaries, SASE is the security framework businesses need

21 December 2021

Simeon Tassev, MD and QSA at Galix

Simeon Tassev, MD and QSA at Galix

Digital transformation and technology evolution has effectively removed the physical boundaries that previously constrained IT systems. As it has done this, the perimeter of organisations has been pushed closer to the edge, driven by cloud adoption, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the accelerated adoption of a work from home model. The traditional security approach of locking down the perimeter is no longer possible. Organisations need to ensure users and devices have access to applications, data and services, while simultaneously reducing vulnerabilities and enhancing security posture. The Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) has emerged as a framework to help enterprises achieve just this.

Existing tech, new frame

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