There has been a worldwide increase in the frequency and intensity of cyber attacks and South Africa is no exception. In fact, South Africa happens to be the third most attacked country in the world.
According to an estimate, more than two-thirds of South African businesses are not adequately prepared for managing the financial and legal implications that follow cyber attacks and data breach incidents.
The Wakeup Call for South Africa
Recently, the leading newspaper of South Africa, The Star, was taken down by a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. Fortunately, the cyber attack was not followed up by a data breach attempt and thus, the data of the newspaper remained safe.
The South African Perspective
According to Ms. Kerry Curtin, Principal Broker at Aon South Africa, the cyber attack on The Star newspaper must serve as a wake-up call for all South African businesses to take cyber attacks seriously.
She pressed on the need of discussing the issue inside board meetings rather than just delegating this huge responsibility to IT departments.
She further adds that the unprepared nature of South African businesses with respect to cyber attacks and data breach attempts serves an invitation to cybercriminals to step up their efforts.
Ms. Curtin further warns large organizations like Citibank, Lockheed Martin, Sony, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been a victim of cybercrime which shows South African businesses make easy pickings for such cybercriminals.
According to a survey conducted by Ms. Curtin’s employer, Aon, majority of organizations around the world considerably underrate and underestimate the threat of cyber attacks. The survey has pinpointed some major risks like data breaches, hacking, viruses, and the like.
The unprepared nature of South African business clearly shows that a lot needs to be done to prevent a catastrophic cybercrime incident in the country. Moreover, the state of cyber security among the corporations of the country can be considered an adequate representation of ordinary South African internet users, as well.
While corporations require sophisticated solution to prevent high-tech cybercrime incidents, individual South African internet users can make use of an RSA VPN.
A South African VPN will help internet users in the country to protect their identity, their data, and surf the internet with complete security from cybercriminals.