Africa: Hackers Lurking As Festive Season Nears

Johannesburg — BUSINESSES and homeowners have been urged to secure their information and communications technology (ICT) networks in order to thwart hackers during the festive season.

The encouragement comes as hacking attempts often take place over the holidays when many IT administrators are offsite.

"Just as one would lock up the house before leaving on holiday, it's important for businesses and end users to properly secure their home and work ICT networks before heading to the berg, bush or beach," said Riaan van Stryp, ICT Globe General Manager.

He said strong passwords were the best protection against potential security breaches, as was the ability to monitor networks remotely and in real time.

Van Stryp also proposed a reliable ICT service provider to help holiday season telecommunications nightmares as reverse billing fraud that could easily sink small businesses.

While South Africa's many reputable Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers have measures in place to alert clients of fraudulent activity, the best defense for any business VoIP user is always to be proactive, the expert said.

Business users ideally want a Private Branch Exchange (PBX) system that efficiently and effectively blacklists IP addresses associated with suspicious activity.

ICTGlobe is a Tier 1 operator running its own interconnect and networking facilities.

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