Cyber protection for SMEs

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J2 Software has launched a packed solution aimed at helpin SME's get a handle on cyber threats.  Cyber attacks on an SME can have a far harsher long-term effect that larger businesses.  A larger entity will likely have established facilities in place to recover in  the event of a cyber attack.  When a SME is hit; it may take days or weeks to fully recover - that is if they can recover at all.

According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC)[1], SA ranks third highest in the world for cyber attacks. Whilst there do not appear to be stats on the local SME sector, internationally a report by Deloittes[2] reveals that in Holland, cybercrime costs the Dutch SME sector 1 billion Euro each year. At today’s exchange rate, that equates to R16704 250 000,00. The figure for the Dutch economy as a whole is put at around €10 billion, or 1,3% of that country’s GDP.

J2 Software MD, John McLoughlin, says that not only are these figures staggering but that the local SME sector is not immune to these international patterns. “In South Africa, the security industry in general has left this sector heavily under serviced and thus reduced to implementing in-house initiatives to fight this very real threat.”

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J2 Software Provides Tips to Help Companies Harness their Users to stop Cyber Threats

J2 Software is embarking on a campaign to assist customers to overcome what has become the biggest cyber security threat to businesses - users.

John Mc Loughlin, MD J2 Software, says insider threats cause the most damage to businesses with breaches leading to destruction of reputation and loss of market confidence.

“I am in almost constant discussion with IT and Security professionals who tell me that their users are the most common source of breaches. I believe it is time to steer away from blaming the users and talk with them so that we can help them become part of the solution,” says Mc Loughlin.

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Compliance is knowing

You cannot swing a laptop without hitting a major data breach these days. Internationally there are lawsuits launched every day. Security officers are being raked over the coals and their integrity and qualifications are being scrutinised and questioned. People are infuriated by the losses, financial and reputational (even worse) to their businesses and themselves.

Does anyone really think there is anything different in South Africa?

The latest string of major breaches are aimed at businesses with security budgets that are larger than the annual turnover of most South African businesses. It is nothing short of naïve to think this can’t happen or is not actually happening, to you.

I live by the mantra that there are two types of businesses – those who have been breached and those that don’t know that they have been breached. Do you know where your business fits in? We live in a South Africa driven by digital migrations and evolving data security and compliance laws and regulations, the life of the chief information officer (CIO) is complex. Where should they start?

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J2 Software Launches New Solution Aimed at Helping SME Sector to Combat Cyber Threats

J2 Software has launched a packed solution aimed at helping SME’s get a handle on cyber threats. Cyber-attacks on an SME can have a far harsher long term effect than larger businesses. A larger entity will likely have established facilities in place to recover in the event of a cyber-attack.  When a SME is hit; it may take days or weeks to fully recover – that is if they can recover at all.

According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC)[i] SA ranks third highest in the world for cyber-attacks.  Whilst there do not appear to be stats on the local SME sector, internationally a report by Deloittes[ii] reveals that in Holland, cyber-crime costs the Dutch SME sector €1 (Euros) billion each year.   At todays exchange rate that equates to R16704250000,00.  The figure for the Dutch economy as a whole is put at around €10 billion, or 1.3% of that country’s GDP.

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Complying with data privacy legislations

"J2 Software is excited to present our approach to security at AfriSecure in October. We will present a workshop that will highlight how real visibility will help you not only understand what is really going on in the modern business, but also how this will improve your security. Without total visibility you cannot be secure or compliant."

J2 Software launched in 2006 to provide their customers with practical solutions to improve security and ensure compliance with changing ICT codes and privacy laws. J2 Software believes that you cannot continue to do security in the same way it has always been done and expect different results. It is this belief that drives their Cyber Security Centre experts to deliver superior and modern solutions.

We read about new threats and see new breaches every day. The world has changed, threats have changed, yet most businesses still deploy only traditional security. Come down to AfriSecure and let J2 Software show you how real and total visibility of activity across your environment will allow you to provide proactive security to your organisation. J2 Software will let you answer some tough questions in seconds, rather than weeks or months.

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