from AKANI CHAUKE in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG – AFRICAN companies have been urged to prioritise on security as the continent emerges a prime target for cyber attackers amid the rapid speed of digital transformation (DX).
The recommendation follows findings by a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity that 67 percent of organisations have embarked on digital transformation journeys, and African companies are not lagging behind.
However, Fortinet warned that going digital could increase security risks.
“When it comes to digital optimisation and cloud adoption, Africa’s enterprises and small and mid-sized enterprises are moving as fast as their international counterparts,” said Doros Hadjizenonos, regional sales director at Fortinet in South Africa.
While it’s generally acknowledged that DX can fundamentally change how organisations operate and deliver value to its customers, DX can also increase the risk of cyber-attacks.
The proliferation of endpoints, increasingly distributed networks and the exponentially increasing volumes of data and network traffic are all sources of concern for information technology (IT) security teams and IT departments.
“African countries are typically high on the attack radar, so security is just as crucial for local organisations,” Hadjizenonos said.
Hadjizenonos said the risk profile was growing with the addition of more and more mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, internet protocol (IP) cameras and other connected devices.
Fortinet recently released its 2018 Security Implications of Digital Transformation Survey, which provides insights into the state of cybersecurity in organisations around the world.
Eighty-five percent of respondents cited security as the largest hurdle for implementing DX.
– CAJ News