Is Cybercrime on the rise in South Africa?

Athol Wesselink, Chief Technical Engineer at OpenWeb. (Image Source: OpenWeb).

The recent announcement by the National Protection Authority of South Africa (NPA) revealed that 177  cybercrime cases had been finalised in the past year, and has highlighted the need for individuals to make sure that they are adequately protected from hackers.

This is according to Athol Wesselink, Chief Technical Engineer at OpenWeb – a nationwide internet service provider, who says that consumers must take preventative measures to ensure that their protection infrastructure makes hacking into their personal online platforms a laborious task for cyber-criminals.

“While advanced cyber-criminals are usually able to hack into any account or system they set their sights on, individuals can mitigate the risk by ensuring that their systems and accounts are as well protected as possible and are therefore a less attractive option for hackers.”

Wesselink explains that the ‘hacking industry’ evolves at the same rapid rate as developments in the technology industry, which means that internet users cannot rely on out-dated infrastructure for protection.  Read more