SECURITY: Affordable and Effective Security for Africa
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Effective Security At An Affordable Price - The Challenge Of The African Market
Across the world the IT industry has grown and changed dramatically over
the past decade, with technological advances enabling computing to
become increasingly powerful and users becoming ever more connected on a
The African market however represents something of a dichotomy when it
comes to IT and technology. The availability on bandwidth on the
continent has traditionally hindered the growth and widespread adoption
of computing and the Internet, as the expense in obtaining quality and
speed regarding connectivity has been an insurmountable barrier to entry
for many. While the bandwidth situation has improved, this legacy
continues and the IT industry in Africa remains divided into two
On the one hand there are those with the latest technology who have been
able to keep pace with the rest of the world, generally organisations
with a lot of expendable income who have been able to maintain
investment into new and improved IT. On the other hand there remains a
large percentage of users who are still relying on outdated technology,
sometimes as old as Pentium 1 machines running Windows 98 with dial-up
modems, as well as a significant number of users running Windows XP.
This presents a challenge for users in Africa, as while Microsoft plans
to maintain support for XP Service Pack 3 until April 2014, many
anti-virus, security and other software manufacturers are discontinuing
support for this operating system in the near future. This means that
unless technology is upgraded, users will no longer be able to update
security solutions, leaving them open to the host of existing and
emerging threats in the cyber world.
This discontinuation of support, coupled with the speed at which
technology is currently changing as well as increasingly onerous
corporate governance requirements, have driven the adoption of
technology faster than ever before within the African market. However
this mass drive in the adoption of new technology and the increasing
availability of bandwidth has resulted in a large number of users
entering the market who have little or no knowledge of how to protect
themselves from the dangers of the internet.
Even those who are aware of the threat of malicious software, hackers,
phishers and other cyber criminals may not have taken the necessary
steps to protect their machines, as a mindset firmly centred on cost has
led users to download whatever solutions they could find for free on
the web, which seldom work as well as their paid for counterparts. In
addition, these downloads can be used to deliver malicious software onto
the computers of unsuspecting users.
With the cyber crime industry growing at a rapid rate, it is currently
more lucrative than the drug trade and has become the biggest type of
crime syndication in the 21st century. This means that it is becoming
more important than ever for users to adequately protect themselves from
the various types of cyber threats, and one of the biggest challenges
in the African market is a lack of awareness as a result of the slower
adoption of technology in the region.
As the market opens up however an increasing number of legitimate
vendors have moved into the area, offering solutions that deliver up to
date protection that caters for all levels of budgets and operational
needs and support for these products is also growing in the region. This
means that as awareness and education around the matter of cyber
threats grows, users will be better armed to protect themselves and will
be less likely to fall victim to these crimes.
Affordable solutions for the African market are now available and effective protection is possible. The onus is now on consumers within the market to educate themselves and do research into the software they need to suit their requirements at a price point that fits their budgets and offers them adequate protection without slowing down day to day business operations.
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