TD Mobile launches in Ghana to advance mobile penetration

TD Mobile launches in Ghana to advance mobile penetration

Mrs. Gozy Ijogun, managing director, TD Mobile.

TD Mobile has revealed that in Accra the company has officially launched its operations in Ghana and has also been appointed as the exclusive distributors of Nokia mobile phones in the West African country, a development that both Nokia and TD Mobile believe will deepen the rate of technology diffusion and mobile devices penetration in Ghana.

The announcement was made at an event held at the prestigious Villa Monticello Boutique Hotel, Airport Residential Area, Accra and saw a number of key government functionaries from the Ministry of Communication, Ministry of Business Development, Ministry of Trade and Industry, captains of industries; representatives of major telecoms companies and stakeholders in the smartphone reseller and consumer space in attendance.

The launch of TD Mobile in Ghana has led the company to believe that they can aid in the rise of smartphone penetration across the country. They added that hopes are also high for improved access to genuine quality mobile devices at the right prices for the majority of Ghanaians.

TD Mobile also announced the signing of a major partnership agreement with HMD Global as sole distributors of Nokia mobile devices including the Nokia 8 and the re-born version of the iconic Nokia 3310.

A subsidiary of ICT distribution company Technology Distributions Ltd., TD Mobile will add the Nokia brand to a growing list of  Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) represented by the distributor in the West African sub-region. Some of the major brands represented in the TD Mobile stable include Infinix, Samsung, Tecno, Lenovo, InnJoo and Transcend, among many others.

“We are extremely delighted to extend our operations to Ghana which remains one of the most prominent markets in the West African sub-region. We are also excited with our appointment as exclusive distributors of NOKIA mobile phones in the country,” Mrs Gozy Ijogun, managing director, TD Mobile, enthused.

“With a predominantly youthful population, stable political system and an admirably aspirational mindset among its people, there is so much potential in Ghana. We are optimistic that, with the launch of TD Mobile and the unveiling of new lines of products and partnerships here, the rate of technology diffusion and smartphone penetration will reach unprecedented levels. The positive effects of these on the economy and the standard of living in the country are huge and we are so excited to be a part of it,” she concluded.

Also speaking at the event, Mr Joseph Umunnakwe, HMD Global’s general manager, West, East and Central Africa expressed delight with the company’s partnership with TD Mobile which in his opinion, will provide more options and real value for resellers and consumers in Ghana’s mobile devices market space.

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Govtech 2017: Join the information technology race if you want to win

Govtech 2017: Join the information technology race if you want to win

Join the information technology race if you want to win.

If you snooze you lose – that was the tough message from Microsoft managing director in South Africa, Zoaib Hoosen, a keynote speaker at the opening of the Govtech 2017 conference which opened in Durban. The conference is being co hosted by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the Department of Higher Education and Training.

“We are looking at an industry that is growing exponentially at a break-neck speed, doubling globally every two years,” he said.

“If you think of a tiny domino piece 30 years ago, it’s now grown into the size of the Tower of Piza. In two years’ time, there will be another doubling. We have no time to lose.” He said that if the ordinary people of South Africa were going to benefit from this digital revolution, efforts would have to be intensified.

“We cannot afford to be left behind.”

While the race to find meaningful digitally-based solutions for many of the country’s social challenges was never more intense, Hoosen said that progress was being made on several fronts.

Among those outcomes was:

  • A digital solution along with teacher training to help with the education of special needs learners so that they are no left behind in the school curriculum.
  • The further development of the telemedicine sector which uses digital technology to interface with patients in far-flung rural areas where basic medical care is limited and where costs per patient can be reduced by more than a quarter.
  • Making Microsoft office software available to learners without charge.

“We are talking about trust and collaboration being the cornerstones of going forward. It’s a matter of looking for solutions in a very different way. We have digital cloud platforms that could revolutionise the way we operate. I don’t think there is any excuse not to succeed.”

Delivering his conference opening address, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, said that radical digital transformation was an imperative.

“We are no longer involved in talk shows at these events but finding the solutions that really matter.”

It was critical, he said, to create platforms for ordinary people to speak to government about things that matter in their lives.

He said that SITA’s role in the evolving of a knowledge economy was more profound than at any other time and that SMMEs were pivotal in the search for innovation and meaningful digital solutions.

“This is a clarion call for action,” said the minister. It is important that SITA’s work is accelerated and supported.

Dr Setumo Mohapi, CEO of SITA, said that there was a need to ramp up and that people need to experience the impact of ICT’s and ICT spend in the daily reality of their lives. He also confirmed that this GovTech would ensure digital planning road maps; that have been collaboratively designed by SITA; government leaders and private sector captains of industry.

“What we are doing is abandoning ideas of a five-year plan, but rather looking at a year-to-year plan looking at how problems and issues have been addressed and solved over the preceding period of 12 months.”

The conference ends on the 1st of November, 2017.

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Alepo shortlisted for 2017 AfricaCom Awards

Alepo shortlisted for 2017 AfricaCom Awards

 

2017 AfricaCom Awards .

Alepo has revealed that it has been shortlisted in the prestigious 2017 AfricaCom Awards in the category of “Most Innovative LTE Service/Application Deployment,” which recognises the best LTE core network development solutions which aid in the development of the core to support LTE networks and the services that will be deployed over them.

 

Alepo’s nomination is supported by the recently announced completion of a BSS transformation project with Green Com (Muni), a top-tier mobile operator in Equatorial Guinea, for which Alepo provided a complete BSS digital stack platform. The project eliminated revenue leakage, reduced churn rate, and provided a personalised digital customer experience. The full case study can be downloaded here.

Alepo was previously recognised at the 2016 AfricaCom Awards in the category of “Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience” for its data monetisation solution and its recognised track record in delivering ICT projects, both in Africa and globally.

“We are thrilled to be shortlisted in this year’s AfricaCom Awards in the most innovative LTE service/application deployment category,” said Derrick Gross, VP of Business Development at Alepo. “The recognition is a testament to the importance we put in identifying our customers’ needs and developing a solution that empowers them to introduce innovative, differentiated, and personalised services to market quickly.”

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Nigeria: Jumia announces Black Friday Festival details

Nigeria: Jumia announces Black Friday Festival details

Nigeria: Jumia announces Black Friday Festival details.

Jumia Nigeria announced on Monday 30 October 2017, that the online stores’, Jumia Black Friday Festival, will run for 31 days from November 13th to December 13th 2017. The company also announced a host of partners who will join the e-commerce sites’ festival.

According to the company, it will be the largest shopping event in Nigeria with up to 1 million deals and discounts on offer at up to 80% off.

Some of the companies who have partnered with Jumia Nigeria are; Intel, Pampers, Infinix, Philips, Fero, HP, MTN, AirFrance-KLM and about 1,000 other recognised brands.

The 2017 Jumia Black Friday will also feature a first-of-its-kind event for shoppers as Jumia partners with music entertainment TV station, TRACE Naija to create the Trace Jumia MAD (Music and Deals) Fest. It’s a live event that will offer the explosive combination of Nigerian music and Black Friday frenzy for customers and attendees alike. The Trace Jumia MAD Fest will place on the 18th of November 2017 at the King’s College grounds in Victoria Island, Lagos. While registration is required, attendance is free.

Performers at the TraceJumia MAD Fest include Falz, Simi, 9ice, Mayorkun, Niniola, Lil Kesh, Sound Sultan, Skales, Pencil, DJ Xlusive, Wande Coal DJ Consequence, Nedu and a host of comedians, and musical acts will be thrilling the customers to incredible app flash sales and lots of giveaways.

Included in this year’s Jumia Black Friday shopping activities is an online wheel of fortune which churns out exclusive shopping vouchers. The line-up will also feature hourly flash sales and app-only deals. Customers will have the opportunity to also enjoy discounts from Jumia Food and Jumia Travel.

As part of the 31 days of Jumia Black Friday, customers will have the chance to enter a lottery to win one of the five FREE AirFrance-KLM return tickets to London, 20 discounted AirFrance-KLM tickets at 35% off, and a brand new Ford Figo courtesy of Coscharis Nigeria Limited. Shoppers on Jumia.com.ng will also enjoy 10% discount off when payment is made with an FCMB bank account via JumiaPay.

While commenting on Jumia Black Friday 2017, Chief Executive Officer, Juliet Anammah stated, “We know customers are always on the lookout for the best deals. I can assure you that the Jumia Black Friday Festival 2017 will not just meet those expectations, but also provide shoppers with seamless customer experience and protections.”

Anammah said that the Jumia website would see a significant increase in inventory across all categories including: fashion, electronics, phones, computers, home, baby, health, beauty, travel and food, with up to 80% discount on regular prices on up to 1,0000,000 products from 15,000 vendor merchants.

Customers who download the Jumia mall app will also receive special vouchers and access to flash sales in addition to instant push notifications when deals go live.

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South Africans clash on Twitter over Black Monday

South Africans clash on Twitter over Black Monday

South Africans clash on Twitter over Black Monday.

On Monday 30 October 2017, thousands of protestors took to the streets across South Africa in solidarity and support of victims of the attacks that have been experienced on farms across South Africa this year.

The day of protest was dubbed Black Monday and people were urged to wear black to show their outrage over the farm killings.

The day was backed by the civil-rights organisation, Afriforum, and looked to raise awareness over the spate of farm murders which have plagued the country and has seemingly gone unnoticed by the government and the mainstream media.

The protest, however, took a negative turn as a small minority of farmers joined the protests with old South African flags in hand. These images were circulated across the various social media platforms and led to an inevitable backlash from fellow South Africans on social media.

Below are some of the best reactions found on Twitter:

Hundreds of members of the farming community attending the #BlackMonday protest gathering in Klapmuts in the Western Cape. pic.twitter.com/CppLD0qekU

— #PERCY (@Percyoung) October 30, 2017

#BlackMonday Prayer is about to start at the #VoortrekkerMonument in Pretoria. pic.twitter.com/OdqODMlNdU

— KhayelihleKhumalo (@KhayaJames) October 30, 2017

Apartheid/Nazi/Confederate flags, they all the same, as a proud Jewish man, please don’t group me with people waving them. #BlackMonday

— Stephen Gordon (@StephenGordz) October 30, 2017

You guys forget.This is a peaceful protest..Unlike the Feesmustfall burning and vandalizing where order was needed. Wake up #blackmonday

— Trollsmite (@Trollsmite) October 30, 2017

Apartheid was a crime against humanity.

Displays of the apartheid flag are abhorrent, divisive & racist acts.#BlackMonday #farmmurder

— Ben Pooler (@benpooler) October 30, 2017

I support #BlackMonday. I come from a family of farmers. The lack of safety in rural SA is a crisis.

Farmers feed our nation, protect them!

— Sihle Ngobese (@SihleDLK) October 30, 2017

Ook in NZ #BlackMonday Thank you. Dankie pic.twitter.com/ygSSrO5xqg

— Steve Hofmeyr (@steve_hofmeyr) October 30, 2017

Hate is not the solution. #BlackMonday

— Maps Maponyane (@MapsMaponyane) October 30, 2017

In Germany you face up to three years imprisonment for brandishing a Nazi flag, why haven’t we outlawed the old aparthied flag? #BlackMonday

— Tebogo Ditshego (@TebogoDitshego) October 30, 2017

It looks more like a (racist) white Monday than a #BlackMonday to me….

— Pierre de Vos (@pierredevos) October 30, 2017

#BlackMonday

Days like these are interesting as one gets to see the real views. pic.twitter.com/83auH2wrTY

— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) October 30, 2017

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Fintech app to change how South Africans pay each other

Fintech app to change how South Africans pay each other

Irshad Kathrada, Slide, Co-founder.

On Monday 30 October 2017, the Slide app was officially launched in South Africa. The app works as South Africa very own version of Venmo, one of the US’s most successful payment platforms owned by PayPal that processes $25 billion in person to person payments annually. The Slide app, founded by three young South Africans who recently returned from living in the States, has been developed to change the way South Africans pay each other.

Co-founder Irshad Kathrada, speaking on the app said, “In the US we witnessed the huge growth in payment methods and how easy it was to pay people. So we developed Slide – a safe, simple and free way of sending money from one person to another using a mobile phone. Making a payment is as easy as sending a message. It saves you having to carry cash or knowing someone’s bank account details. It also doesn’t matter which bank or mobile network operator the sender or receiver uses. Slide is ideal for parents sending money to their children and for sharing costs like rent, concert tickets or a restaurant bill. A worker who wants to send money to his family within SA can now do it at no cost.”

Another benefit is that Slide is social – it looks like a WhatsApp or Facebook message when you use it and you can even send payments with emojis.

How to use Slide
Download the app by searching Slide Financial on the Google Play or App Store and complete a quick sign up form which doesn’t require FICA. Slide will link with your contacts so you can choose who to pay or add a new contact with a cell number or email address. Then simply add how much you want to pay, personalise your payment with a message, and authorise and send the money by selecting the bank you are with. Payments are funded using EFT secure technology direct from the sender’s bank account.

The recipient will be notified by SMS and email and then prompted to download the app. The money can be cashed out at any time to his or her bank account with one click. The money typically appears the next business day irrespective of bank. The sender will get a confirmation that the funds have been received.

Person-to-person social payments
Kathrada continues, “As Slide is a social payment mechanism, payments between contacts are as easy as sending a message. It really is the easiest way to pay another person, and as there’s nothing quite like it in South Africa, we expect rapid growth.”

Person-to-person payments are a large part of the South African economy, with consumers seeking more convenient and cost effective ways to do this. According to a 2015 FinScope study, bank/ATM (43%) and supermarket money transfers (42%) currently dominate payment channels, while use of cash is in steady decline.

Kathrada says that, “Standard payments are often expensive and inconvenient, while cash is unsafe and not everyone has easy access to an ATM. This opened up the opportunity for Slide. Mobile phone penetration is growing quickly across South Africa, with more than 90% of adults having access to their own mobile phone. Lowering the barriers to sending and receiving money can have a material impact on financial cohesion across the country.”

When asked about the origin story of Slide, Kathrada described the day earlier this year, when he found himself needing to pay co-founder, Alon Stern, for picking up lunch, but didn’t have cash on him. “It was in that moment that we realised how necessary a payment platform like Venmo is to ensure that money flows around the SA economy simply and securely.”

“We researched the market and reviewed payments apps that have worked in SA and those that have failed. Those fintech businesses that failed tried to enter the person to person payments market wanting to pass costs on to the sender and /or receiver, and in some cases restricted use to certain mobile or bank networks, which limits who you can send money to or receive from. This resulted in their lack of success. We used these learnings to develop an enhanced solution.”

Security
Slide makes use of the highest level security protocols. Payments into the Slide network use the same security protocols as internet banking. Payments from a bank are facilitated by CallPay under a high level encryption, with advanced compliance levels.

Slide is a gold member of AlphaCode, a club for fintech entrepreneurs powered by RMI Holdings. Dominique Collett, head of AlphaCode, comments, “Slide is a great example of importing a hugely successful international fintech business and localising it. It is very exciting when South African talent returns from overseas bringing their experience and different perspectives. I believe there is a need for a solution like Slide, particularly for the urban millennial consumer.”

Slide has been funded and developed by its founders: Irshad Kathrada, who after getting his finance degree worked for JP Morgan in Johannesburg, London and New York; Terence Goldberg, who holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and a second Masters degree in Finance from Cambridge University who worked in Toronto and San Francisco; and Dr Alon Stern, who moved to the US from South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship where he worked at Princeton University, and travelled to more than 80 countries as part of his PhD research.

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Innovative initiative to strengthen primary healthcare underserved areas

Innovative initiative to strengthen primary healthcare underserved areas

Innovative initiative to strengthen primary healthcare underserved areas.

Dr. Raymond Campbell, a urologist, has created a mobile medical application that aims to enhance patient care and decrease the cost of primary healthcare in South Africa. The solution includes a bus that can be used to reach underserved communities as well as help the government determine whether it is feasible for the government to build a permanent clinic in a particular area.

“The medical bus will allow the government, provincial departments and districts to better understand the health needs of communities, by being able to first test appetite for more permanent health services in an area, with the least cost in terms of infrastructure layout,” explains Dr Campbell.

He also helped develop an app within Phulukisa Health Solutions, which allows primary healthcare workers to remotely manage patients. They can electronically capture the medical informatics of patients such as their weight, body mass index, and blood pressure using IoT sensors and store these files in the cloud thanks to the app being built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. These metrics feed into an algorithm which will flag only abnormalities and help to triage and escalate serious conditions.

The goal of the app and medical bus is to become a platform through which to screen the top seven preventable diseases in the country. According to Stats SA, the cumulative load of these may be as high as 70% of our adult disease burden, so this platform will transform health delivery for all.

“Technology is radically improving global healthcare through the digital transformation of the health industry,” said Warren Hero, National Technology Officer at Microsoft South Africa. “Focusing on patient outcomes through evidenced-based decision making underpinned by technology will have a significant impact on the cost and value equations in healthcare. The potential of integrating big data, cloud and artificial intelligence to ensure access for all South Africans to quality healthcare is the basis for a sustainable, competitive nation.”

Reduced waiting time and cost of care for patients
Phulukisa’s Health App will also help reduce the waiting time for patients at clinics since they are triaged immediately and the results are always accessible through the cloud. By allowing clients co-custodianship of their records, no time will be lost searching for physical files or gathering information that has been lost for instance.

Another consequence of storing this kind of data in the cloud is that it will allow for continuity across different clinics and different clinicians since each clinic and specialist will not have to open their own file on the patient. “We are very keen to help introduce a ‘one client, one number, one file’ type of model that works across cities and provinces,” said Dr Campbell. “When dealing with an ambitious project like rolling out more affordable healthcare to all South Africans, you need to have stable connectivity, ample capacity for storage and analytics, fantastic support and also very importantly, be compliant with local as well as international personal information legislation. We at Phulukisa are very comfortable that Microsoft represents the very best in what we were looking for in a partner.”

He adds that the cost per patient to do all of these kinds of tests on patients currently comes to around R480, and stated that this can be reduced to just about R120 per patient, via the mobile medical bus and app. This cost would include metrics special investigations like blood and urine tests as well.

Cutting down on the need for and the occurrences of duplication of testing will also result in additional cost savings. Patients receive a summary of their health analytics upon conclusion of the test by way of SMS.

After having analysed all the variables, patients are also ascribed a score of between 0 and 100, which translates as an output into Green, Orange or Red. Based on that colour, the patient either gets seen electively or immediately, which further relieves the burden on the attending doctors who see only booked or urgent clients. Currently, attending doctors see all of the patients because they have no way of determining beforehand, who is critical and who does not require immediate attention.

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Key considerations in using a web application firewall

Key considerations in using a web application firewall

Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited.

Cybersecurity specialists are realising more and more the growing danger of application layer threats to a network. While there is no denying the need to remain aware of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, application layer attacks are very difficult to detect and provide little or no advanced warning before attacking your applications. This is according to Simon McCullough, major channel account manager at F5, the specialist in application delivery networking and technology for the delivery of web applications, as well as security and network and cloud resources.

McCullough says, “Administrators and security teams are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up-to-date with the latest attacks and protection measures. Applications are the gateway to data and data is what hackers are after. In an attack on applications, traditional network firewalls are not a defence. Here, you need a web application firewall (WAF).

“As we become increasingly aware of the dangers posed by application layer threats, it is useful to revisit the F5 White Paper, ‘Key Considerations in Choosing a Web Application Firewall’, which notes that a robust WAF is a requirement of network security. This has come about in a cyber landscape in which enterprises are extending their businesses by using more web-based and cloud-hosted applications, which in turn are inviting increasingly sophisticated attacks that threaten enterprise data.”

McCullough says the White Paper offers a number of useful considerations in choosing your WAF. He notes that the first consideration is the choice of WAF deployment model, which includes: hardware WAF appliance to protect critical applications maintained in a traditional data centre; deploying a WAF as a software-based virtual edition (VE), which is a cost-effective option for small-to-medium-size businesses or those wanting to deploy protections closer to the app; and cloud-based WAF (WAF-as-a-Service) to intercept web traffic before it enters the network or reaches the server in the cloud.

He says, “The White Paper distinguishes between initial basic considerations when deploying a WAF, and further advanced considerations.”

Basic considerations when deploying a WAF:

Network architecture and application infrastructure
Web application firewalls are designed to watch and respond to HTTP/S traffic. They are most often deployed as appliances in the line of traffic between the requester and the application server, inspecting requests and responses before forwarding them. Inline deployments tend to be most effective in actively blocking malicious traffic based on policies and rules that must be applied judiciously to avoid dropping legitimate traffic. A WAF can also be deployed “out of band”, which allows the WAF to observe traffic from a monitoring port. This non-intrusive “passive” deployment option is ideal for testing the WAF without impacting on traffic, yet still enabling the WAF to block malicious requests.

Security effectiveness and detection techniques
Today’s leading WAFs employ a combination of techniques to ensure accurate detection coverage that does not block legitimate traffic.

Traditionally, the most widely used WAF configuration has been a negative security model, which allows all transactions except those that contain a threat/ attack.

In recent years, positive security models have become popular. This approach blocks all traffic, allowing only those transactions that are known to be valid and safe. The positive approach is based on strict content validation and statistical analysis.

An integrated positive and negative approach can also be implemented.

Performance, high availability and reliability
WAF capabilities should include these features:

· Caching copies of regularly requested web content to reduce repeated requests to back-end servers.

· Automatic content compression to provide for more efficient network transport.

· Hardware-based SSL acceleration to speed SSL processing and reduce the burden on back-end web servers.

· Load balancing web requests across multiple back-end web servers to optimise performance.

· Connection pooling to reduce back-end server TCP overhead by allowing multiple requests to use the same back-end connection.

Virtual patching and scanner integration
Although developers apply best practices in secure coding, and perform adequate security testing of applications, all applications are prone to vulnerabilities. Additional tools are needed to detect, validate and patch software exposures until a new application code is made available.

Virtual patching requires no immediate changes to the software, and it allows organisations to secure applications immediately upon dynamic application testing. Virtual patches are a key component of a strong WAF, often requiring integration with a vulnerability scanner.

PCI DSS compliance
Malicious attacks designed to steal sensitive credit card information are increasing, with more and more security breaches and data thefts occurring daily. The PCI DSS requirements have been revised in an attempt to prevent these types of attacks and keep customer data secure.

Protection against application attacks
With the continued growth of multi-layered attacks, IT managers need a strong WAF solution. A good WAF ensures application security and availability by providing comprehensive geolocation attack protection from layer 7 DDoS, SQL injection, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top Ten application security risks, cross-site scripting, and zero-day web application attacks. It also can prevent execution of fraudulent transactions, stop in-browser session hijacking, and secure AJAX applications and JSON payloads.

When evaluating a WAF, make sure you understand the full scope of protections it offers to ensure that your business receives the best coverage.

Data classification of protected applications
More and more attackers are encrypting their attacks, therefore your WAF solution needs to be able to understand the application and the data that it is protecting. If that data is encrypted, your WAF must be able to decrypt the information and then classify the data within the apps in order to provide additional protection. A strong WAF can terminate SSL traffic, expose what is inside it, and make security decisions based on the encrypted data.

Visibility and reporting
Reports provide visibility into attack and traffic trends, long-term data aggregation for forensics, acceleration of incident response, and identification of unanticipated threats before exposure occurs. Many WAFs also integrate with database security products to give administrators a real-time view into the operation of their websites, and provide reports on web-based attempts to gain access to sensitive data, subvert the database, or execute denial of service (DoS) attacks against the database.

Advanced considerations when deploying a WAF
McCullough notes further advanced considerations when deploying a WAF, as set out by the F5 White Paper, as follows:

· Automatic attack detection to identify more evasive bot sequences that may escape traditional detection methods, and identify unauthorised, automated attacks upon the first attempt to access an application.

· Device ID and fingerprinting in order to identify a client.

· SSL offload to other network resources, allowing applications to dedicate important CPU resources to other processing tasks, which can improve performance.

· Behavioural analysis to understand volumetric traffic patterns and scan for anomalous behavior, as well as assess average server response time, transactions per second, and sessions that request too much traffic – to use as a baseline for determining whether an attack has commenced.

· Security operations centre: A responsive security team should include experts who analyse threats and malware, and who reverse engineer code to uncover how attacks work and how to mitigate them. The WAF vendor should work with you to mitigate threats as they arise, as well as enhance your organisation’s own security practices.

· Anti-fraud capabilities: More advanced WAF solutions integrate with web fraud detection services to simplify deployment, streamline reporting, and strengthen the overall application security posture by thwarting requests from validated fraudsters.

· Ease of management: You should be able to deploy your WAF with security policies that immediately address common attacks on web applications, including HTTP(S) attacks.

· Scalability and performance: Organisations need to ensure application availability, even when under attack.

· Vendor release cycle: With the threat landscape changing so quickly, vendors that offer more frequent release can help decrease your window of exposure and reduce the risk of your applications becoming compromised by a new or emerging threat.

Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor of F5 in Africa, concludes, “Application attacks have definitely been increasing over the past few years, due to the increasing proliferation of useful web apps which, concomitantly, increase a network’s vulnerability. Web application firewalls detect and block malicious attacks woven into safe-looking website traffic that may have slipped through the traditional security solutions, by examining incoming HTTP requests before they even reach the server.”

By Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited

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Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review

Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review

Motorola MotoZ2 Play and JBL SoundBoost, a perfect match.

The slim and sleek Motorola Moto Z2 Play has a thin and light design and makes handling effortless. It is an impressive 5.2mm thick, and arguably the thinnest smartphone in the market. Under Lenovo, Motorola has been producing quality phones and the Motorola Moto Z2 Play is no exception. With a 2600mAh battery, at one charge the phone is enough to get you through the day.

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play weighs exactly 145 grams and has a dimension of 76.2 x 156.2 x 5.99 mm. When it comes to operating system, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

That’s not all, the Motorola Moto Z2 Play has Gorilla Glass covering its 5.5-inch, quad HD AMOLED display which assists in preventing the screen from receiving cracks or damage if the device is dropped. The Moto Z2’s body is crafted entirely of metal and has a shatterproof display. The full HD display makes viewing the screen a pleasant experience. The device has a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GBs of RAM, and comes with 32 or 64GBs of storage space.

Moto Mods
Motorola introduced four modular add-on accessories, which the parent company Lenovo dubbed Mods namely, an extended battery developed by Incipio, a more powerful camera with Hasselblad’s name on it, a speaker from JBL, and a projector that seems to have been created in-house. The mods attach effortlessly to the magnetics at the back of the Motorola Moto Z2 Play. We reviewed the phone with the JBL speaker.

Armed with the JBL SoundBoost, the device has an extra added touch which is a plus in that it offers much-needed volume when watching videos or listening to music. The speaker is a selling point and the fact that no Bluetooth connection or pairing is required is a bonus. The device is great for music and movie lovers. The Moto Mod has its own power supply and produces 80 dBSPL sound.

With the speaker attached, the phone has a new personal touch to a somewhat minimal design. It becomes a whole new phone altogether. The Moto Mod is designed to be compatible with other future Moto Z phones, therefore, it is an investment when planning to buy a Motorola in the future. The phone can be used without the mods but they certainly do give it an extra touch.

The Camera
The protruding camera from behind gives the simply designed phone an extra touch. It is good that the camera sticks out so that when the speaker is attached, the camera can still be visible.

The Moto Z has a 13MP rear camera sensor, laser autofocus, and f/1.8 aperture. The front camera has a more modest 5MP sensor, which is pretty great for taking selfies. The camera is decent and takes good pictures especially when the lighting is great.

Fingerprint Sensor
The sensor is not a button, so it’s triggered as soon as you touch the surface. It is great at unlocking the phone with reliability and speed. It works interchangeably with a pattern or a password making it safer to lock your phone. The phone requires the password or pattern every 72 hours.

Moto Gestures
There are some gesture and voice controls. The device allows you to launch the camera app, even from standby, with a double-click of the wrist. The voice feature lets you set your own phrase to trigger a Google voice search, and can also read out messages text messages if you let it. You can flip the phone if you don’t want to be disturbed. These gestures make your life much easier unlike having to scroll to settings everytime you want to set a feature.

Conclusion
The Motorola Moto Z2 Play is a pretty great device for its price range. It’s a durable phone at an affordable price. The Motorola Moto Z2 Play’s design is innovative and appealing to the eye, it is a perfect example of “less is more.” Complemented with the Moto Mods, the device offers fantastic performance. The battery life is impressive, it can last just over a day with only one charge. The Motorola Moto Z2 Play’s screen is a beauty, it offers a display of 1080p resolution. The camera quality is not bad either, it has a resolution of 12 megapixels which offers decent pictures and you get both laser and phase detection autofocus.

Overall, Motorola has created a fantastic smartphone when it comes to the Motorola Moto Z2 Play. All in all, this is an impressive phone with great features at a very affordable price.

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ITU Telecom World 2017: Day 4 highlights. Connecting B2B, B2G at ITU Telecom World 2017

ITU Telecom World 2017: Day 4 highlights. Connecting B2B, B2G at ITU Telecom World 2017

Since 2015, when ITU Telecom World underwent a strategic repositioning to focus on fostering SME growth, the event has headed towards becoming the international platform bringing SMEs together with public and private stakeholders to share knowledge, exchange ideas and best practice and facilitate networking and partnerships.

One key way in which ITU Telecom is making this a reality is helping participants connect together, from SME right up to leaders of government, through a host of targeted networking and social events.

This year’s business matchmaking programme, organized by MSIT and Busan Metropolitan City and open to all exhibitors and sponsors at the event, helped businesses connect with SMEs, regulators and international organizations. Some 70 meetings took place in a specially-designed space for national delegations and companies or organizations exhibiting in the exhibition, connecting B2B and B2G from 19 countries including China, Ireland, Ethiopia, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, the United States of America, Azerbaijan, Rwanda and Japan.

In addition, a lunch hosted by Senegal helped facilitate networking and discussion, along with high profile networking occasions, such as the Event Opening Ceremony, welcome and farewell receptions. Networking breaks and happy hours were sponsored by companies such as Inmarsat and Subah helped ensure conversations continued during and after Forum sessions.

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