Governance

Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Surge in tech hubs give African startups a place to grow

Governance, Startups, Technology
Africa’s tech scene is surging. Across the continent, new hubs, labs and co-working environments are giving rise to oases of innovation. These meeting places act as a bridge between technology start-ups, investors and academics, nurturing collaborations. Entrepreneurs experiment together and learn from one another, supported by the hubs’ ICT infrastructure and mentoring programmes. The results – from the ‘crowdmapping’ tool Ushahidi to homebrew solar heaters to a farmers’ cooperative – are strengthening community-led food and energy systems, and could bring new resilience to local economies. Africa is experiencing a perfect storm of young people, maturing education systems, and growing mobile phone services and use. A few noteworthy achievements, including Safaricom's M-Pes
Italian Banks set up Cybercrime response team to maintain Cyber security

Italian Banks set up Cybercrime response team to maintain Cyber security

Cyber Security, Governance, Technology
Big banks are revving up efforts to combat cyber criminals targeting the financial-services industry to maintain cyber security in the sector. The Bank of Italy, together with the Italian Banking Association and the ABI Lab Consortium recently signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation on cyber security. The objective is to ensure greater security for operators in Italy’s banking and financial sectors and for the households, businesses and general government departments that use digital services. According to a U.S. cyber security report released by IBM financial-services industry ranked third in number of cyber attacks last year, after health care and manufacturing. Finextra reports that the agreement will see the creation of a highly-specialized Computer Emergency Resp
Machine learning offers hope against cyber attacks

Machine learning offers hope against cyber attacks

Governance, Internet, Technology
Organizations and individuals are overwhelmed by the rising number of threats. There’s simply too much security- related data coming onto the network from an ever-widening array of connected devices. In addition, threats are growing in scale and complexity. To meet this demand, a new solution has emerged offering to apply machine learning to enterprise security. These tools deliver the ability to analyze networks, learn about them, detect anomalies and protect enterprises from threats. This security solution is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning focuses on the development of computer programs that can teach themselves to grow and change when exposed to new data. This
Despite Billion Investments in Cyber Security, Firms aren’t truly Safe

Despite Billion Investments in Cyber Security, Firms aren’t truly Safe

Cyber Security, Governance, Internet, Technology
Few things in the world seem to progress faster than technology. However, despite the technology’s complexity and dynamic nature, security almost always seem to be a generation behind. As the society and industry become more dependent on internet connected devices, the significance of cyber defense increases immeasurably. Companies have done multiple investment in online security to better prepare themselves from such attacks. However, they are still very vulnerable as hackers won’t always necessarily be human. According to computer world, private sector companies globally spent more than $75 billion on security software to safeguard their systems and data. That number is expected to grow about 7% annually, according to Gartner and other analyst firms. However, as security
South African Government ICT white paper under fire

South African Government ICT white paper under fire

Broadband, Governance, Internet
South Africa's Government’s radical plan to shake up the way radio frequency spectrum is allocated has been met with universal derision by ICT analysts and experts. Telecommunications & postal service minister Siyabonga Cwele this week took the wraps off the long-awaited national integrated ICT policy white paper, which proposes sweeping changes to the way the sector is governed and regulated. Although some aspects of the policy have been welcomed – such as a chapter that will make it quicker for operators to deploy infrastructure by removing red tape – government’s plan for a wireless wholesale open-access network, to which all new spectrum will be allocated, has drawn intense fire. Not only does government not want to license any more “exclusive-use” spectrum to the mobile o