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South Africa: Third-highest number of cybercrime victims in the world

Intel’s recent “Global Cost of Cyber-Crime Report” shows that the economic impact of cyber-crime in South Africa is equivalent to 0.14% of the country’s GDP. This is roughly R5.8 billion a year and growing.

According to security experts, neither government nor business are combatting cyber-crime correctly. This is mainly due to a shortage of skills and a lack of urgency in taking action against cybercriminals. Prevention is better than cure and South Africans must be made aware of these crimes and how to prevent them.

Industry reports indicate that South Africa has the third-highest number of cybercrime victims, after Russia and China. The most common cyber-attacks locally are related to phishing. “South Africa is the second most targeted country globally when it comes to Phishing attacks,” says Drew van Vuuren, CEO of information security and privacy practice, 4Di Privaca.


New version of Panda GateDefender Integra launched

Panda Security has launched a new version of its UTM (Unified Threat Management) appliance, Panda GateDefender Integra.

“Some 99% of threats affecting corporate networks are transmitted across the Internet,” says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “These threats are increasingly varied and complex, heightening the risk for SMBs. This all means that the Internet gateway is a critical security point for any network. The new GateDefender Integra offers SMBs centralised perimeter prevention against all types of threats, protecting companies from the moment it’s plugged in.”

Panda GateDefender Integra is the only “Plug and Protect” UTM on the market. Anti-malware, anti-spam and Web filtering protection are enabled by default on installation, protecting the company right from the start with no need for manual intervention.

This product is designed specifically for small to mid-sized businesses and is available in two models: Panda GateDefender Integra SB, a new model designed exclusively for businesses with up to 50 employees and Panda GateDefender Integra 300, for companies with between 50 and 250 workers. Both include the following protection:

•    Firewall: Ensures internal and external communication complies with the security policy.
•    Intrusion prevention system (IPS): Prevents intrusion attacks
•    VPN: Protects confidential information transmitted across the Internet.
•    Anti-malware: Protects against all types of malicious software.
•    Content Filter: Scans inbound and outbound traffic for dangerous content.
•    Anti-spam: Keeps email traffic free from junk mail.
•    Web Filter: Restricts access to non work-related Web content.

The Panda Security appliance also offers continuous automatic updates. Rules and digital signatures are updated every 90 minutes in the case of malware, IPS or the Web Filter and every minute in the case of spam. These updates are performed in the cloud, leveraging Collective Intelligence, Panda technology that can detect and analyze threats automatically, resulting in greater speed and better protection against Internet threats.

Panda GateDefender Integra also optimizes bandwidth usage by restricting access to non-productive Web content. Similarly, the high spam detection ratio rids mail servers and internal networks of traffic caused by junk mail.

The proactive content protection which scans inbound and outbound traffic for dangerous content, also prevents confidential information from leaking out of the company.

For more information about Panda GateDefender Integra click here.