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Networks Unlimited achieves B-BBEE Level 1 rating

Continues with positive procurement alignment for partners as well as educational upliftment of vulnerable communities
JOHANNESBURG – June 10, 2021 - Networks Unlimited has been certified as a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 1 contributor. This rating comes a year after the company was previously recognised as a Level 2 contributor.

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DDoS in a time of pandemic: NETSCOUT’s latest report shows defences against cyberattacks allow online world to fight back

JOHANNESBURG – June 15, 2021 – In the eye of the online storm that arrived during 2020 with the realities of the global pandemic, service providers and security experts chose not to let cybercriminals win on all fronts, but instead rallied to defend the critical infrastructure of the online world. In the face of the record-breaking cyberattacks of last year, businesses remained connected to their employees, students continued their education via distance learning, and ecommerce revenue increased by leaps and bounds.

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ProLabs explains why 5G mobile networks are really ‘fibre networks in disguise’

JOHANNESBURG – May 31, 2021 – Service providers are investing in 5G as it will deliver speeds approaching 10 gigabits per second. That is 600 times faster than standard 4G speeds, and more than 10 times faster than some residential fibre offerings.

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Double bullseye for SentinelOne in recent prestigious global accolades

Superior attack protection in MITRE Engenuity ATT&CK Evaluations, named Leader in Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant
JOHANNESBURG – May 24, 2021 – SentinelOne’s endpoint security solutions came out on top among endpoint vendors in the latest ATT&CK Evaluation performed by MITRE Engenuity. Having recently released its results from the 2020 evaluation, SentinelOne was proud to report that it was the only vendor to achieve complete visibility, with zero missed detections, across both Windows and Linux environments.

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Digitally protecting your intellectual property helps safeguard future business success

JOHANNESBURG – May 17, 2021 – In today’s increasingly knowledge-based economies, intellectual property holds value because of its ability to generate future profits and wealth, as it fuels innovation and growth. Therefore, it is logical that companies need to take precautions to safeguard their intellectual property.

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Executive Solutions improves Morecorp’s network capability with Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN

Achieves impressive Internet link redundancy, higher bandwidth and increased cloud potential while cutting costs and enhancing security.

Morecorp appointed Executive Solutions (ES) to securely augment their legacy MPLS network with Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution. This allows Morecorp to meet its goal of ultimately decommissioning its existing MPLS network, significantly reducing costs while increasing operational efficiency, security and network redundancy.

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Security and service assurance must rule financial services as threat actors remain relentless

JOHANNESBURG – April 22, 2021 – The rise of the pandemic last year meant that corporates around the globe had to embrace a highly dispersed, virtualised environment to keep the wheels of business turning. This is now changing the way that banks need to move forward, with both their security as well as their service assurance.

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NETSCOUT visibility is enhanced by AWS expanded support for virtual private cloud traffic mirroring

JOHANNESBURG – April 29, 2021 – Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s largest provider of on-demand cloud computing platforms, has now expanded its Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Traffic Mirroring to support additional select non-Nitro Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance types 12 . As a result of this expansion, NETSCOUT is enabled to provide end-to-end visibility for security and service assurance of even more applications and services that are used in AWS.

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Your data has left the building: don’t let it take you on a bumpy ride

JOHANNESBURG – April 13, 2021 – “Ladies and gentlemen: Michael Jackson has left the stadium.”

These are the dramatic words spoken just after Michael Jackson, one of the most famous performers and entertainers in history, flew off the stage at the end of his 1992 – 1993 ‘Dangerous’ tour. It was one of the smoothest and most awe-inspiring endings to a stadium performance the world had ever seen – and Jackson did it for concert after concert during that spectacular global tour.

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Rubrik for Microsoft 365 delivers faster, simpler recoveries at scale

JOHANNESBURG – April 08, 2021 – It’s well known that Microsoft 365 - formerly known as Microsoft Office 365 - is one of the most widely used solutions for email, collaboration and document storage in large enterprises. At the same time, Microsoft doesn’t provide its own backup and restore offering, but instead encourages third-party vendors to provide their own solutions.

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iOCO brings Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN to local financial services institution

iOCO, the ICT services business of the JSE-listed EOH Group, has been chosen to assist a large financial services company in the implementation of its software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) rollout. This has allowed the firm to take a bold move forward in its stated aim of building a network incorporating the ‘modernised branch of the future’.

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Fixing your cybersecurity issues one next- generation firewall at a time to prevent a ‘broken window’ scenario

JOHANNESBURG – March 25, 2021 – When did you last check your firewalls as a barrier to entry against cyber criminals? And, perhaps more importantly: does your organisation still rely on a legacy firewall, or has it upgraded to a next- generation firewall (NGFW)? And have you considered the ‘Broken window’ principle when looking at your internal cybersecurity posture, in order to have a positive effect on your business processes?

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Combined Rubrik and IDC report addresses data sprawl in the modern enterprise

JOHANNESBURG – March 19, 2021 – Data sprawl - referring to the fact that valuable data is now commonly spread across multiple physical locations and different repository types – is one of the most critical IT issues that a modern organisation will have to manage. Not only does this expanse of data create issues for an organisation around its effective use, it can also negatively affect its security measures.

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Tintri drives intelligent infrastructure so you can get ready to ‘let go of the wheel’

JOHANNESBURG – March 12, 2021 – The concept of self-driving cars is controversial and tends to polarise opinion. At the heart of it is the idea that a car will be capable of the same split-second decision-making as a human – or even better - with the ultimate goal of creating accident-free roads.

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In the eye of the storm: new record is set by ten million DDoS attacks in one year

JOHANNESBURG – March 03, 2021 – Not all record-breaking numbers are feats or achievements towards which we all aspire. For example, in 2006, American teenager Matt Suter was destined to become the holder of the record for the ‘farthest distance thrown by a tornado and survived’ 1 , when he was flung, in an unconscious state, for a distance of almost 400 metres (398.37 metres) by an F2 tornado (meaning wind speeds of 181 to 253 kilometres per hour), yet later regained consciousness almost without a scratch.

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How the ‘Broken window’ theory affects cybersecurity matters

JOHANNESBURG – February 25, 2021 – Here at Networks Unlimited Africa, we are applying the ‘Broken window’ principle when looking at our internal cybersecurity posture and how it affects business processes.

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Backup the physical servers on your network with free Altaro software

JOHANNESBURG – February 17, 2021 – Companies and organisations with virtualised server environments often have physical machines too, and these also need data protection. Altaro has reacted to this need with the introduction of Altaro Physical Server Backup, a server backup software solution - with the added bonus that it's free.

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ProLabs and the ‘new 5G backhaul economy’

JOHANNESBURG – February 10, 2021– As we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding that economic and social survival is tied to the ability to work and play at a distance. If ever there was a time for a revolutionary new internet technology to take hold, now would seem to be that time.

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The growing role of SASE for enterprises during 2021, and other top SD-WAN predictions from Silver Peak

JOHANNESBURG, January 21, 2021 –Silver Peak, the global SD-WAN leader that was recently acquired by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, now has an even greater ability to help enterprises successfully transform their wide area network (WAN) and security architectures, and advance their digital transformation. This includes the ability for enterprises and their employees to connect to business applications from anywhere in a safe and secure manner.

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Networks Unlimited Africa brings festive season cheer to Tembisa school

JOHANNESBURG, December 14, 2020 –There is no doubt that it has been difficult for many local companies to survive during 2020. Imagine then how much more challenging it must have been for worthy causes like The Love Trust and its beneficiary, Nokuphila School in Tembisa, Midrand?

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iOCO offers Africa-focused SD-WAN solution to IT landscape

JOHANNESBURG, December 08, 2020 –After a year-long due diligence process, EOH, a JSE-listed technology services firm, through its IT services company, iOCO, has chosen to extend its partnership with Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, in order to offer its software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) solution to the southern African market.

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DDoS ‘Tax’ Adds to an Organisation’s Attack Burden, says NETSCOUT

JOHANNESBURG, December 08, 2020 – Did you ever think about the ‘tax’ you pay as an organisation in the event of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack? In a nutshell, DDoS attacks by threat actors don’t only have a negative effect on businesses and their customers – they also take up quantities of internet bandwidth without paying for it.

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ProStream boosts its enterprise portfolio through new Hitachi Vantara partnership

JOHANNESBURG – December 10, 2020 – Enterprise systems solutions expert ProStream has announced that it has become a member of the Hitachi Vantara Partner Program in order to strengthen its range of offerings. Hitachi Vantara offers storage solutions for enterprises and mid-sized organisations, as well as hardware, software, data analytics and consultation services for many areas of information technology (IT) and businesses.

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Let’s talk cyber hygiene for system health and online security


JOHANNESBURG, November 24, 2020 – Organisations in the COVID-19 pandemic era have been forced to look at their security hygiene best practices in order to minimise risk, data leakage and non-compliance, while still allowing for operational flexibility and efficiency.
Employees have increasingly been both allowed and encouraged to use their own devices to remotely connect to the corporate network. As a result, connectivity and digital resources at the office as well as the home have become more intertwined, meaning that minimising risk has become more critical than ever.

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Insult added to injury as DDoS extortion attacker impersonates well-known threat actors

JOHANNESBURG – November 18, 2020 – Extortion and robbery while wearing a disguise are not new crimes in human history, but a threat actor has recently taken this into the online arena on the global stage, using distributed denial of service (DDoS) as the weapon, while pretending to be someone else.

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ProLabs enables networking upgrades as healthcare industry eyes digital transformation

JOHANNESBURG – November 10, 2020: Technology is transforming the way people shop, bank and travel, and perhaps one of its next big challenges is to make major inroads into how they receive healthcare. But reports on progress in the area of healthcare and technology uptake are conflicting. According to global consultants McKinsey, based on their healthcare research released in 2019, “The adoption of digitally enabled tools for diagnosis, treatment, and management… has been modest .”

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It CAN happen to you: how SMEs should protect themselves from cybersecurity attacks

JOHANNESBURG – October 28, 2020: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are widely acknowledged as playing a critical role in South Africa’s economy, and yet they are also potentially more at risk in terms of their ongoing survival than larger enterprises. According to a recent McKinsey report[], SMEs in South Africa employ between 50 and 60 percent of the country’s workforce across all sectors. At the same time, SMEs arguably face a number of challenges, which can potentially weigh on them more heavily than on larger enterprises.

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Networks Unlimited Africa keeps value offering promises despite lockdown challenges

JOHANNESBURG – October 21, 2020 – Despite challenges of constraint, Networks Unlimited Africa has managed to maintain its standards during the lockdown in order to keep its unique partner offering intact.

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Silver Peak SD-WAN capabilities facilitate your SASE journey

JOHANNESBURG – October 14, 2020 – There are many acronyms in the world of IT, and SASE – the Secure Access Service Edge - is one of the latest that is gaining traction. It comes from a Gartner report published a year ago, and has been gathering strength ever since.

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Intelligent infrastructure in the modern data centre: Tintri unpacks the finer points

JOHANNESBURG – October 06, 2020 – As the world’s largest IT companies realise the importance of ‘intelligent infrastructure’ in the modern data centre, the race is on between storage competitors to provide products and solutions that are actually truly intelligent, and not merely standard infrastructure.

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New Zealand Stock Exchange DDoS attacks remind enterprises to check their first and last defence security lines

JOHANNESBURG – October 01, 2020 – At the end of August, a series of cyberattacks on the New Zealand Stock Exchange over five consecutive days forced it to halt trading for a number of hours for four out of those five days. The attacks raised questions about the stock exchange’s security, as well as the threat actors’ underlying motives.

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ProLabs enables campus network upgrades to facilitate online learning at universities

JOHANNESBURG – September 15, 2020 – A number of key South African universities have reported good progress with online learning for their students since the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the country’s lockdown situation. This is encouraging, as it means the wheels of learning are able to continue turning, but it also brings serious issues around data and bandwidth provision.

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Rubrik move to Leaders in Gartner Magic Quadrant brings positive business acknowledgement

JOHANNESBURG – September 08, 2020 – Rubrik, which simplifies backup and recovery for hybrid cloud environments, has joined the Leaders section in the Gartner Backup and Recovery Magic Quadrant. According to the global research and advisory firm’s criteria, this implies that Rubrik is a company that executes well today, and is additionally well-positioned for tomorrow, when measured against its completeness of vision and ability to execute.

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Mellanox My Hot Chocolate embodies ‘Small is Mighty’ theme for global interconnect leader

JOHANNESBURG – September 01, 2020 – As part of NVIDIA, Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of high-performance, Ethernet and InfiniBand networking solutions for servers, storage and hyper-converged infrastructure, is currently sponsoring award-winning showjumper, Mellanox My Hot Chocolate, and his owner and rider, Belinda Duke. It is a wonderful example of the phrase ‘Small is mighty’ – and an innovative, ‘right-brained’ kind of idea to unpack.

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Never mind the fake news – NETSCOUT’s latest offering proves it’s ever-ready to take on the threat actors

JOHANNESBURG – August 25, 2020 – Midway through June, American citizens thought the country was experiencing the world’s biggest-ever distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which seemed to be taking down internet service providers, social media platforms, and online services from gaming to banking. It very quickly turned out that no such attack was underway at all, as reported by Forbes.com, but the most interesting point was that so many citizens in the world’s most technology-enabled Western country believed the story so quickly.

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Thinking beyond the pandemic with Silver Peak SD-WAN

JOHANNESBURG – August 20, 2020 – Organisations will have to look at re-engaging with their customers and business prospects in an entirely new way in a post-COVID-19 economy. This will most likely force an assessment of business model design and delivery, in which the wide area network (WAN) will play an important role in defining success.

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Rubrik Go: a flexible IT offering during uncertain business times

JOHANNESBURG – August 11, 2020 – “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change,” said the renowned genius and theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, and cloud data management company Rubrik is taking this to heart in its latest offering, which delivers flexibility at its core.

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Networks Unlimited launches new MSSP partnership with SentinelOne to make endpoint defence suite offering more accessible

JOHANNESBURG – August 04, 2020 – Networks Unlimited Africa and its vendor partner SentinelOne have together launched a new partner programme that brings Sentinel One’s endpoint security to managed security services providers (MSSPs) of all sizes, and, in particular, is geared to help small businesses become more established in this particular cybersecurity arena.

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New ESM General Manager at Networks Unlimited brings her personal touch to business challenges

JOHANNESBURG – July 29, 2020 – The recent appointment of Risna Steenkamp as the General Manager: ESM Division at Networks Unlimited Africa underscores her rise through the ranks within this hard-working IT company, which also recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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Networks Unlimited Africa embraces the power of three with its value offering to partners

JOHANNESBURG – July 22, 2020 – There is a mysterious alchemy about the number three. As the saying goes, ‘Good things come in threes’ – which is why Networks Unlimited Africa is embracing this ‘magic number’.

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Altaro VM Backup: the competitive advantage

JOHANNESBURG – July 14, 2020 – Finding a reliable backup and replication solution for Hyper-V and VMware can be a difficult exercise. The partnership agreement between African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, and Altaro, a leader in backup solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), IT resellers and IT departments, provides easy and affordable protection of Hyper-V and VMware virtualised environments.

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Out-of-band management from Uplogix supports remote network management with optimal security

JOHANNESBURG – July 06, 2020 – During this global pandemic, network security and reliability is more critical than ever – IT managers need to know that their network is locked down inside and out, and be able to prove it. With the average cost of a security breach increasing annually, all organisations need reliable network security. At the same time, there has been a global rise in cybersecurity incidents, including in South Africa, simply because more people than ever before have been working from home while practising social distancing.

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Networks Unlimited Africa supports early childhood development with generous donation to school in Tembisa

JOHANNESBURG – July 01, 2020 – “South African businesses have an ethical responsibility towards educating the country’s less-privileged children and should not lose this commitment when times are economically and socially difficult. It is even more important during these tough times to continue supporting the educational needs of society’s most vulnerable.”

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Networks Unlimited security partners provide free assistance to help strengthen cyber defences and knowledge during pandemic

JOHANNESBURG – June 23, 2020 – During the current COVID-19 pandemic, various security partners of value added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa have responded with initiatives aiming at helping members of the global IT community in different ways. These initiatives broadly fall into the arenas of education and training, vital information sharing, and security encryption.

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Networks Unlimited Africa joins the Tenable Assure partner programme

JOHANNESBURG – June 17, 2020 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced it is a member of the Tenable Assure™ partner programme and can now offer its customers the Tenable Cyber Exposure platform throughout Africa.

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B-BBEE Level 2 rating shows Networks Unlimited’s continued commitment to SA

JOHANNESBURG – June 15, 2020 - Value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa has been certified as a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 2 contributor. This rating will assist both the company as well as its partners when it comes to competing in the marketplace. Networks Unlimited Africa distributes best-of-breed products and offers the latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes.

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Networks Unlimited Africa continues to nurture IT skills on-premise

JOHANNESBURG – June 9, 2020 - Networks Unlimited Africa has a long history of supporting skills development for young people in the ICT arena. Having taken on board two technical interns in April 2018, Charles Rebele and David Monkwe, both young men are now furthering their careers with the company and going from strength to strength.

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The new normal: managing networks from home with Uplogix

JOHANNESBURG – June 02, 2020 – As the COVID-19 lockdown continues into the foreseeable future, IT managers still need to maintain their ‘normal day job’ tasks of running networks – in addition to managing employees who currently need to make significantly increased use of online meeting platforms and remote working arrangements.

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Enterprise data storage ‘business as usual’ with Tintri and Networks Unlimited

JOHANNESBURG – May 26, 2020 – As the world grapples with a totally different business dynamic in the wake of the global lockdowns currently in place, the enterprise storage industry must continue showcasing the continuous innovation that enables compelling solutions for its clients. This, however, is not so easy for all players in the current economic downturn.

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Silver Peak SD-WAN: as simple or complex as required to maximise business needs

JOHANNESBURG – May 19, 2020 – The ‘business of business’ is not always easy on the ‘business of telecommunications’. Mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, closures, new applications and new business needs – which are all staples of the corporate world - can make designing and managing an enterprise wide area network (WAN) into a never-ending, complicated task.

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New partnership with SentinelOne brings AI learning to Networks Unlimited endpoint defence suite

JOHANNESBURG – May 14, 2020 – It could be assumed that cybercriminals around the globe are having good days at the office right now. This is partly because vast elements of the corporate world are no longer based mainly at their own offices, as large populations of the global village enter into voluntary or government-enforced lockdowns.

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F5 Networks acquires Shape Security: a game changer for comprehensive app security

JOHANNESBURG – May 04, 2020 – F5 Networks – a company that helps make apps operate faster, smarter and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments and consumer brands - has completed its acquisition of Shape Security, a leader in fraud and abuse prevention.

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Keep VPNs safe from DDoS and other attacks as remote working continues during lockdown

JOHANNESBURG – April 28, 2020 – If cybercrime were a country, it would have the 13th highest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world, with large multi-national operations earning more than US$1 billion annually.

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The Love Trust and NU Africa – we need to continue helping society’s most vulnerable during lockdown

JOHANNESBURG – April 22, 2020 - Networks Unlimited Africa is deeply invested in supporting society’s most vulnerable members. One of the ways it offers this support is by partnering with The Love Trust, a South African non-profit educational organisation which has, to date, reached over 20,094 primary and secondary beneficiaries in disadvantaged communities.

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Unique innovation means Tintri continues to lead the way in virtual storage

JOHANNESBURG – April 21, 2020 – The fundamental contract that Tintri - which provides products designed for enterprise cloud, virtual machines and containers - holds with a business is to provide predictable and reliable services to support its technology needs.

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Uplogix and Networks Unlimited Africa realise stronger network resiliency

JOHANNESBURG – April 15, 2020 – Not all console servers are created equal. With most, in-band management is the traditional model for network management with distributed gear and centralised management tools at the Network Operation Centre (NOC) but what do companies do when those centralised tools can’t reach the gear they are supposed to manage?

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Remote working during the lockdown: not quite ‘business as usual’, but the right tools and thinking can assist

JOHANNESBURG – April 07, 2020 – Having their employees working from home during the current lockdown phase has become the current ‘new normal’ for many companies around South Africa, and indeed the world. And as much as people are trying valiantly, it is not quite ‘business as usual’. However, being able to use the right tools, and adjust our thinking, can help significantly while we wait, with hope, to get through the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cloud migration success with NETSCOUT

JOHANNESBURG – March 31, 2020 – Migrating to the cloud offers corporate organisations greater agility, enabling companies to create new services, update and roll out applications faster, and introduce alternative ways to communicate with customers. However, migrating to the cloud, and operating within this space, brings its own challenges.

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The impact of digital transformation in the public sector

JOHANNESBURG – March 24, 2020 – As governments around the world embrace the digital journey, their IT and security professionals are challenged to ensure that sensitive government and citizen data remains protected, while remaining open and transparent to stakeholders.

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Mellanox technology enables faster, more accurate weather predictions in next-gen European supercomputer

JOHANNESBURG – March 17, 2020 – Mellanox, a supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, will be playing a critical role in the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’ (ECMWF) next-generation supercomputer.

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WAN transformation – security first AND network first with Silver Peak

JOHANNESBURG – March 11, 2020 –It’s an exciting time in wide area networking (WAN). With the rapid adoption of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) architectures, the world is experiencing the biggest transformation in the WAN since the introduction of multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) back in the late 90s.

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Mellanox and show-jumping: an unusual alliance that works!

JOHANNESBURG – March 04, 2020 –You wouldn’t normally expect to see the words ‘show-jumping’ and ‘supercomputing’ in the same sentence, but thanks to a brand-new partnership between Mellanox and one of South Africa’s sparkiest show-jumping teams, a re-think might be in order.

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Cofense Q4 2019 Malware Trends Report reveals end-of-year developments, offers 2020 predictions

JOHANNESBURG – March 02, 2020 – While the fourth quarter of 2019 saw a decrease in total malware volume, a key global trend also unfolding within the period was the use of macro-enabled documents for malware delivery.

This is according to Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions, which recently released its Q4 2019 Malware Trends Report, giving insight into the malware families, delivery methods and campaigns that were prominent globally during the past quarter. Cofense is distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa by value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

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Uplogix and Networks Unlimited Africa enable robust ROBOs

JOHANNESBURG – February 19, 2020 –Remote offices/branch offices (ROBOs) require complex infrastructure as they generally involve rural locations and distances, often with patchy connectivity, which can be problematic for the digitally transforming organisation that wants its satellite offices to be cloud-based.

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ProLabs testbeds show commitment to quality control and industry adherence

JOHANNESBURG – February 11, 20120 – ProLabs, a global leader in optical networking infrastructure, is completely invested in the quality of its networking components. To this end, the company’s testbed investment demonstrates its dedication to ensuring that its network components work seamlessly and according to industry specifications.

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Mellanox and Dell Technologies partnership enables supercomputing platforms for commerce, research and science

JOHANNESBURG – February 04, 2019 – Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has recently announced a partnership with Dell Technologies to continue moving the arenas of high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies forward. Mellanox solutions are distributed in Africa by value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

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Accelerate digital transformation through ‘visibility without borders’

JOHANNESBURG – January 28, 2020 – Speed, mobility and agility have arguably become the greatest strengths reaped by organisations embracing the digital revolution. But what about visibility?

Companies are transforming technology infrastructure and processes at extraordinary rates, but at the same time are creating digital ‘islands’ using a multitude of new technologies and services that are expected to work together. And this is against the backdrop of an an increasingly complex and fragmented digital universe and a larger cyberattacks surface.

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‘Security is not a single product solution’ – and other issues to consider in 2020

JOHANNESBURG – January 16, 2020 – The new decade is still in its infancy and already we have heard news of potential malware attacks on major banks in the sub-Saharan Africa region. These alleged attacks are thought to be the work of a Russian hacking group named ‘Silence’. While it seems that South African banks have been unaffected to date - according to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) - this news is certainly consistent with the significant trend towards the monetisation of cyberattacks – there is real money to be made in working to breach the cyber defences of businesses, both big and small. And thus, there is no surprise that throughout 2019, organisations across all industries globally were targeted by cyberattackers.

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Tintri and IntelliFlash now both under the DDN umbrella with new acquisition

JOHANNESBURG – December 09, 2019 – Following on from last year’s acquisition of Tintri, which provides products designed for enterprise cloud, virtual machines and containers, DataDirect Networks (DDN), a leading supplier of high-performance data management solutions for customers at scale, has recently announced the acquisition of IntelliFlash from Western Digital Corp.

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Stronger together: working towards a green holiday season with Indegy and NU Africa

JOHANNESBURG – December 03, 2019 – What would you rather experience this December: a ‘black festive season’, with issues and uncertainty around energy, water and other critical infrastructure, or ‘Green-for-Go’ holidays – with running water, operational communications and all the lights on?

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Both consumers and e-commerce providers must be cautious on Black Friday – here’s how

JOHANNESBURG – November 26, 2019 – It’s around the corner and South African consumers are frantically making their wishlists: another Black Friday, when – for once – the rule that says, ‘If it looks too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true’ just might not hold. Black Friday, after all, represents the silliest day of shopping’s end-of-year ‘silly season’.

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Continuing its forward momentum: Networks Unlimited Africa celebrates landmark 25th birthday

JOHANNESBURG – November 25, 2019 – Networks Unlimited Africa, a value-added distributor synonymous with disruption-focused innovation and solutions, is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2019. The company distributes best-of-breed products and offers the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes

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Forewarned is forearmed as cybercrime becomes increasingly mainstream

JOHANNESBURG – November 19, 2019 – Cybercrime has entered the mainstream of our culture to an unprecedented extent and it is here to stay, with the scale of threats today becoming more and more difficult to quantify. Against this background, organisations need to know as much as possible about the potential attacks they are facing if there is any hope of averting them.

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Elegant and cost-effective Office 365 backup solutions with Altaro

JOHANNESBURG – November 12, 2019 – Microsoft Office 365 is indisputably known by many as being one of the top productivity tools for assisting organisations and workers globally. Not everyone realises, however, that Office 365’s native capabilities may not be enough to protect your organisation from accidental and malicious data loss.

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Phishing season is around the corner – don’t take the bait!

JOHANNESBURG – November 04, 2019 –The season for serious shopping is almost upon us - and with it comes the problems of phishing and fraud. As the annual holiday and related shopping season begins – traditionally ramping up in October and finally ending in January - organisations are well-advised to remind their employees of the dangers of phishing e-mails, and give them the required training and technical support they need to avoid falling prey to scams.

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By Bryan Hamman, Territory Manager for sub-Saharan Africa at NETSCOUT Arbor

Today is D-Day for banks and the City of Johannesburg to pay ransom demands sent through by hackers last week. Bryan Hamman, territory manager for sub-Saharan Africa at NETSCOUT Arbor, which specialises in advanced distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection solutions, offers this explanation of DDoS attacks in the broader cyber security landscape.

JOHANNESBURG – October 28, 2019 – Cyberattacks have been around since the dawn of the internet. What initially started off as curiosity or bragging rights, quickly escalated to monetising the activity. In a world where every piece of personal data is of value, the more you have, the more you can bank.

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Do you know what’s lurking in your network…? And other issues to think about during Cybersecurity Awareness Month

JOHANNESBURG – October 21, 2019 – Is there a ghost in your machine? And no, this is not the beginning of a Halloween story – but perhaps it is fitting that ‘International Cybersecurity Awareness month’ takes place in October, the month of Halloween. So says Stefan van de Giessen, General Manager: Cyber Security at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

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Protect your critical infrastructure and manufacturing plants with Indegy and NU Africa

JOHANNESBURG – October 14, 2019 As manufacturers around the world analyse and embrace the importance of being more connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cybersecurity experts caution that the benefits of being interconnected come with a warning, and companies need to protect their industrial plants from being hacked.

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Improve your network security with SD-WAN and Silver Peak

JOHANNESBURG – October 09, 2019 – Enterprises that are widely dispersed, geographically speaking, are rapidly moving to embrace software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs). This is because SD-WANs dramatically lower costs, reduce complexity and make branch communications more secure, while also, in the process, assisting businesses to become more agile and responsive.

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Use WDM to maximise infrastructure for 5G success

JOHANNESBURG – October 02, 2019 – With new technologies regularly being rolled out for 5G - the fifth generation of mobile networks – operators can maximise their existing infrastructure to meet customer demands with waveguide division multiplexing (WDM). This is according to ProLabs, a global leader in optical networking infrastructure, as telecom providers continue to prepare their networks globally for the next wave of wireless communication.

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Financial services: fighting the new heist frontiers of cyberspace with multi-faceted solutions

JOHANNESBURG, September 25, 2019 – South Africans are unfortunately used to the idea of cash-in-transit heists and on-premises bank robberies, but in today’s increasingly connected world, the thefts of the future are already here. The risks of attacks on financial institutions’ security systems are as real and as destructive as they ever were – it is just that the frontiers are now also being breached in cyberspace, as well as via the bank door or attacks on the modern-day ‘stage coach’.

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It can happen to you – NU and Indegy discuss threats to industrial control systems and how to protect your OT infrastructure

JOHANNESBURG – September 16, 2019 – Cybercriminals have proven that they are more than ready to strike critical infrastructure, with potential examples of cyberattacks ranging from power facilities, transport systems and manufacturing plants, to water treatment facilities and defence systems, coming to the fore. It is clear that the chances of a cyber-related operational breakdown are higher than ever before, meaning that the time to broaden our understanding of relevant cybersecurity issues for industrial control systems and operational technology (OT) is now – we need to realise that it can happen to us and how to take the necessary steps to prevent these compromises.

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Safeguard your endpoint security as your employees work remotely… securely and holistically

JOHANNESBURG – September 11, 2019 - In a world where organisational endpoints leave the office, and employers are increasingly allowing employees to work remotely, the risk that these endpoints pose when connecting to the corporate network is immense. This has brought some significant consequences from a security perspective, with these devices expanding the network perimeter and thus making it more vulnerable.

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Networks Unlimited Africa partners with Hitachi Vantara for IT, OT and IoT data storage solutions

JOHANNESBURG – September 02, 2019 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced a partnership agreement with Hitachi Vantara, a global data storage systems, software and services provider, that focuses its efforts on information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and the internet of things (IoT). Hitachi Vantara is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.

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New Networks Unlimited Africa partnership provides backup and replication solutions for virtual machines and physical servers – plus mailbox backup, recovery and backup storage for Office 365

JOHANNESBURG – August 28, 2019 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced a partnership agreement with Altaro, a leader in backup solutions for managed service providers (MSPs), IT resellers and IT departments.

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Networks Unlimited Africa partners with Indegy to protect industrial control systems from cyber threats

JOHANNESBURG – August 19, 2019 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced that it now proudly offers industrial cybersecurity in South Africa through a partnership agreement with Indegy, a leader in industrial cybersecurity that protects industrial control system networks from cyber threats, human error and malicious insiders.

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The best of the public cloud, privately, with Tintri by DDN

JOHANNESBURG – August 13, 2019 – When it comes to cloud computing, public cloud offerings are not always optimal for your business. A private cloud solution can offer the same scalability and agility as a public cloud deployment, with its own additional benefits.

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Rubrik offers backup that’s simple, faster and future-proof

JOHANNESBURG – August 06, 2019 – The rise of ransomware and other corporate threats has in turn boosted demand for off-site backup solutions. There is a growing requirement for stronger security at every point in the IT ecosystem, and backup is no exception.

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City held to ransom: how to safeguard your network from attack

Holistic solution suite and ongoing updates and maintenance required, says Networks Unlimited Africa.

JOHANNESBURG – July 29, 2019 – In the wake of last week’s City Power ransomware attack, ongoing vigilance, maintenance of systems and a holistic approach to security remains vital for critical infrastructure entities. This is according to Stefan van de Giessen, general manager: cybersecurity at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

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5G is coming: making mobile data networks ready with ProLabs

JOHANNESBURG – July 24, 2019 – The fifth generation of mobile networks (wireless technology) is coming, namely 5G, and it will bring with it significantly faster data speeds. However, in reality, we are globally still two or three years away from a large-scale rollout, as telecom providers continue to run trials and prepare their networks to cope with the huge increase in the demand for communication.

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Clarifying ‘next-generation’ security as Networks Unlimited Africa offers holistic solution suitee

JOHANNESBURG – July 17, 2019 – In order to combat the rising sophistication of security threats, a holistic approach to the different aspects of next-generation security remains critical for today’s business. This is according to Stefan van de Giessen, general manager: cyber security at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa.

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Fortinet unveils industry’s first SD-WAN ASIC to accelerate and secure the WAN edge

JOHANNESBURG – June 21, 2019 - Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has released new secure SD-WAN offerings, including the industry’s first SD-WAN ASIC , to further enable organisations to implement security-driven networking. Fortinet is distributed throughout Africa by value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa.

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Sextortion highlighted in Cofense™ report as one of top four types of e-mail phishing threats

JOHANNESBURG – June 13, 2019 - “Your device has been compromised with malware. We’ve stolen passwords or other personal data. We’ve been watching you and have webcam footage from visits to dubious sites. Pay up in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency and your secret is safe.”

These arresting words appear on page 10 of the recently-released Cofense report, ‘Phishing Threat and Malware Review 2019’, amid a section of the report outlining the top four most common types of e-mail phishing threats.

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Bots can skew your analytics… Is your data lying to you?

JOHANNESBURG – May 30, 2019 - Data and analytics are increasingly important tools that help businesses decide where to invest and develop, with one example of this being UPS, which has used data/analytics to save up to $400 million every year through optimising delivery routes.

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Networks Unlimited Africa shows ongoing commitment to education with donation of new laptops to Literacy for Life

JOHANNESBURG – May 23, 2019 – Networks Unlimited Africa, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has donated seven new HP laptops to Literacy for Life, thereby once again showing its commitment to education in South Africa’s poorer communities.

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Is your cloud-based app secure or is it costing you money?

JOHANNESBURG – May 17, 2019 – It seems as though each day brings another article about IoT, big data analytics and cloud architectures talking about the unlimited potential for companies trying to gain a competitive edge in an increasingly digital world. Early adopters, who are a bit further along the road to digital transformation, are already enjoying some the benefits of the public cloud, like economies of scale, utility billing and more.

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Networks Unlimited Africa wins two accolades at recent F5 Networks Forum in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG – 15 May, 2019 –The series of F5 Networks Forums held around the globe annually is hailed as a major IT event, no matter where it might take place. This year’s Johannesburg leg was no exception, with the event featuring a number of key global F5 speakers from among the senior echelons of the business.

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The always-on economy gives cloud data management trends a seat at the boardroom table

JOHANNESBURG – 10 May, 2019 –The digital transformation of today’s enterprises requires being able to operate in an ‘always on’ economy; offering instant service delivery for today’s modern consumers with their expectations of immediate fulfilment.
With regards to both data centre and cloud offerings, data management provides an important tool to facilitate an infrastructure that needs to operate in a round-the-clock application availability. At the same time, data must be protected, and compliant with legislation that globally is becoming increasingly stringent and aware of the consumer’s needs.

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Find and quarantine phishing emails faster with Cofense Vision™

JOHANNESBURG – April 30, 2019 – Value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa – local distributors of Cofense™ (formerly PhishMe) solutions – has announced the local availability of Cofense Vision, the company’s newest solution for protecting organisational assets from phishing attacks. Effective defences against phishing must include visibility into the threats that bypass technical controls and are delivered to a user’s mailbox. Users of Cofense Triage™ can already prioritise and understand these threats, and now with the addition of Cofense Vision, security operations centre (SOC) and incident response (IR) teams can more quickly identify and quarantine all phishing messages that are live in their environment.

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Mellanox' network adaptors address cloud performance concerns

JOHANNESBURG – April, 2019 – With the adoption of cloud computing set to soar exponentially over the next year as an increasing number of core business applications are moved off-site1 , so pressure on cloud, network and data centre administrators to provide faster, more reliable and more scalable cloud services will soar.

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Networks Unlimited Africa plays its part in committing to SA education

JOHANNESBURG – April, 2019 – “South African businesses need to get positive about education and commit themselves to playing their role in educating South Africa’s children – the onus cannot lie only on the state.”
This was the message from Anton Jacobsz, CEO at Networks Unlimited Africa, commenting after the company’s recent fifth annual corporate charity golf day, where the two beneficiaries of the event were once again based in the education space, namely The Love Trust and Literacy for Life.

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Phishing threats 2019: the experts tell all

JOHANNESBURG – April 09, 2019 – It is becoming better understood that, in order to stop phishing attacks, we need to be able to see them coming. At the same time, it also helps to have an idea around which phishing and malware threats we should be keeping an eye out for.This is according to Anton Jacobsz, CEO at value-added distributor Networks Unlimited Africa who was referencing a report[1] shared by Cofense (formerly PhishMe), a leading provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions.

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SevOne SD-WAN Monitoring Solution 2.2 now in SA

JOHANNESBURG – 02 April, 2019 – Value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited Africa, has announced the local availability of SevOne's SD-WAN Monitoring Solution 2.2.
Available through Networks Unlimited Africa, SD-WAN Monitoring Solution version 2.2 promises to further enhance the experience for customers transitioning to next generation branch offices, delivering insights into their existing MPLS networks today as well as the SD-WAN-based infrastructure of tomorrow.

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Networks Unlimited Africa announces multiple award wins in the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards for partners Carbon Black and Attivo Networks

Carbon Black wins in four categories, Attivo Networks in five

JOHANNESBURG, 29 March 2019 – Networks Unlimited Africa today announced that two of its partners, Carbon Black and Attivo Networks, have won multiple awards in the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.
Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in cloud-delivered, next-generation endpoint security, has been recognised as a winner in four categories and Attivo Networks, a leading company in cyber security deception technologies, has won in five.

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Understanding a cybercrook's thinking to make people your first defence against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – March 21, 2019 – Ransomware attacks worldwide rose by 350 percent from 2016 to 2017 , says a recent special report by SC Magazine sponsored by Cofense, a provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions.
“Security pros constantly invent better mousetraps, but the mice never stop evolving,” is Josh Bartolomie’s first statement in the report. The Director of Research at Cofense goes on to ask: if the ‘mice’ keep evolving, how exactly can organisations stop attacks?

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Frost & Sullivan announces findings of global Silver Peak sponsored global SD-WAN survey

JOHANNESBURG – March 12, 2019 - Global market research and consulting firm, Frost & Sullivan, has recently announced the findings of a global end-user market survey sponsored by leading software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution provider, Silver Peak. The survey offers insights into enterprise IT decision makers’ thoughts on SD-WAN market trends and their impact on enterprise WAN architectures .

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Unlocking the 5G promise

Before we can truly embrace the tantalising promise of 5G, network operators must consider a number of architectural realities

JOHANNESBURG – March 06, 2019 – As we head further into 2019, the world of telecoms continues to be abuzz with talk about 5G networks.
5G represents an exponential step-change from our current cellular data networks (3G and 4G), promising speeds hundreds or even thousands of times faster than we have today. 5G has the potential to unlock incredible new digital services: from self-driving cars, to AI robots, connected cities, telemedicine, drone deliveries, smart farming, and new immersive virtual realities… among other possibilities. But just how does 5G work, and what makes it different from today's mobile networks?

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Hidden malware: exposed!

JOHANNESBURG – February 28, 2019 – Cybersecurity continues to climb the priority list for organisations of all sizes and, with things changing as quickly as they do and new threats being introduced daily, not to mention attackers continuously evolving their approaches, it's difficult to keep up.

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Five-star peer-review rating for Fortinet network security offerings

JOHANNESBURG – February 18, 2019 – Fortinet network security products deliver outstanding functionality, ease of implementation and excellent cost-benefits. This is according to dozens of Fortinet customers from across the economic spectrum who posted their evaluations of the products on the Gartner Peer Insights review site.

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Need-to-know for small businesses: How Networks Unlimited Africa and Cofense™ offer no-cost simulation solution against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – February 2019 – Cofense™, a leading provider of human-focused phishing defence solutions which enable people to identify, report, and mitigate such threats as spear phishing and malware, is keenly aware that small businesses are significant targets for cyber attackers. This is against a background in which small businesses already face significant challenges in sustaining and growing their existence. Therefore, in support of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the critical role they play in economies around the globe, the company (which was formerly known as PhishMe) launched Cofense PhishMe Free™, a no-cost, easy-to-use version of its anti-phishing simulation solution.

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App services critical in a DevOps-driven multi-cloud world, says fifth annual F5 survey

JOHANNESBURG February 11, 2019 – The recent release of the fifth annual ‘State of Application Services’ report by F5 Networks shows that organisations regard application services as being vital for cloud adoption and, indeed, their ultimate success in today’s app-driven digital economy. The study looks at the way that digital transformation is driving strategic decisions about deployment and management of apps.

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Carbon Black receives five-star ratings for EDR solutions

WALTHAM, Mass. — January 22, 2019––Carbon Black(NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud, today announced it has received 112 five-star ratings from customers in the January 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Solutions, the most of any vendor in the EDR category as of January 15, 2019.

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DDoS is the new spam – but just like spam, we can mitigate against it

JOHANNESBURG January 22, 2019 – Always-on, always-connected apps can help power and transform your business – but for threat actors, they can also act as gateways to data beyond the protections of your firewalls. With most attacks happening at the application level, protecting the capabilities that drive your business means protecting the apps that make them happen.

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Release of first F5 annual Application Protection Report outlines key risks and defences

JOHANNESBURG December 12, 2018 –A recently released report by F5 Networks has shed light on the frequency and nature of web application attacks. The first annual Application Protection Report from F5 surveyed 3,135 IT and security practitioners across the globe, while additional research conducted by Whatcom Community College (University of Washington Tacoma), along with data from WhiteHat Security and Loryka, served to make this one of the most comprehensive application protection reports available today.

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As the first GDPR summons is issued, how will you protect your firm from a similar fate?

JOHANNESBURG – November 27,2018 –Four months after the European Union’s ground-breaking General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, the first-ever formal GDPR notice has been served. The target is AggregateIQ: a company that had ties to controversial consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (which closed its doors earlier this year).

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F5 says: Beware cyber scammers as you prepare to shop before and after Black Friday


JOHANNESBURG November 22, 2018 –With ‘Black Friday’ just around the corner, this year on 23 November, South Africans are preparing once again to embrace and make this popular American shopping day their own, where retailers offer massive discounts for both online as well as bricks-and-mortar shoppers. But be warned – in the same way that scammers come out to try and relieve people of their money in the physical world - the beginning of the November/December retail season brings out the cyber-thieves online also.

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“Look out, Mac users!” – and other phishing predictions from Cofense

JOHANNESBURG – November 05, 2018 –The idea that it takes an average of 191 days to detect a data breach is quite astonishing. That is, in essence, half a year. And yet this is the reality of how long a cybercriminal can potentially have access to an organisation’s network resources and sensitive data– an unacceptably long time indeed for someone with ill intentions to plan a cyber attack.

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Phishing insight from security professionals

Over 100 security professionals tell Cofense™how they combat the threat of corporate phishing

JOHANNESBURG – October 30, 2018 –Threat actors understand that one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to enter an organisation illicitly is by tricking legitimate employees into allowing the threat actor into the infection process and thereby breaching the company’s defences. This premise lies at the heart of today’s phishing attacks, when fraudulent e-mails, purporting to be from a reputable source, induce individuals to unwittingly reveal personal information such as passwords and financial information.

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Mellanox’ high throughput and low latency enables supercomputing bigger picture in Africa

Mellanox powers Africa’s supercomputer and supports SA team in International Student Cluster Competition

JOHANNESBURG – October 09, 2018 – Many people are simply unaware that the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), which is based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Cape Town, is home to the fastest computer on the continent. Africa’s most powerful supercomputer is currently ranked 167 on the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful computers. This list is published twice a year and the TOP500 list provides an important tool for tracking trends in high performance computing.

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How the humble Ethernet switch helps the world’s most sophisticated traders break the low latency trading barrier

Next-gen intelligent interconnect from Mellanox SN2000 series Ethernet switches with Cumulus Linux

JOHANNESBURG – October 03, 2018 –In the world of stock exchanges, algorithms can be used to trade billions of dollars in nanoseconds. In fact, computers and algorithms execute most of the world’s equity market trades today . In simple language, this means that the days when traders shouted buy and sell orders on a stock exchange floor are long gone. Algorithmic trading uses computers programmed to follow a defined set of instructions (the algorithm) for placing a trade, in order to generate profits at a speed and frequency impossible for a human trader. In order to do this, highly sophisticated computing equipment is required, both by the stock exchange as well as by the traders who work in this arena.

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As the first GDPR summons is issued, how will you protect your firm from a similar fate?

JOHANNESBURG – October 01, 2018 – Four months after the European Union’s ground-breaking General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, the first-ever formal GDPR notice has been served. The target is AggregateIQ: a company that had ties to controversial consulting firm Cambridge Analytica (which closed its doors earlier this year).

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Thales: Data breaches at US financial services businesses on the rise

JOHANNESBURG – 27 September 2018 - Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, has released a report noting that 42 percent of US financial services organisations have experienced a security breach in the past. According to its 2017 Data Threat Report, Financial Services Edition, which was issued in conjunction with 451 Research, the report further noted that 12 percent were victims of multiple data breaches.

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Launch of Cb Protection 8.1 by Carbon Black eases replacement of legacy antivirus on critical systems and servers

JOHANNESBURG – September 18, 2018 –Carbon Black, a leader in next-generation endpoint security, has launched version 8.1 of Cb Protection, its application control solution that locks down servers and critical systems, prevents unwanted changes and ensures continuous compliance with regulatory mandates.

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Moving to cloud? Take note of common security needs

JOHANNESBURG – August 22, 2018 –The claim that cloud computing is radically transforming the way organisations (both big and small) do business, for better, agile and faster results, has becomefact. However, there are still numerous scares denting the confidence of decision makers to shift workloads to the cloud, and security in the cloud continues to have an impact on the “shall we stay on premise or go hybrid or settle in the cloud” conundrum.

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Visibility is dead; long live real-time network visibility

JOHANNESBURG – August, 2018 –When it comes to network downtime in any industry, the underlying statistics tell us one thing: it costs money and lots of it. According to the Ponemon Institute, downtime can cost around an astounding $8,000 per minute, which means an hour-long network outage can cost a business over half a million dollars. A separate IHS Inc. report underlines this claim, saying medium and large companies that typically experience five minutes of downtime each month are looking at losses equating to $1 million and $60 million per year, respectively.

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Critical factors to fuel the data-driven enterprise

JOHANNESBURG – July, 2018 – Successful digital businesses depend on data to provide the insights necessary to deliver new innovations, products, and services. But those insights are only as good as the underlying data. As the number of business decision-makers who depend on real-time data increases, the issue of data governance grows increasingly important.

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F5 reports rising multi-cloud adoption

JOHANNESBURG17 July, 2018 –More and more businesses globally are moving to a multi-cloud situation to deploy or access services. This is according to F5 Networks’ recent report, ‘The State of Application Delivery 2018’ (SOAD), in which more than 50 percent of the respondents, representing IT professionals from all over the globe, said they use between two and six cloud environments.

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Twice as much: The shift towards an active-active

JOHANNESBURG – July , 2018 –Being proactive in business has always yielded much more generous results than being passive. The same can be said for an organisation’s network. So, you can just imaging the immense benefits of being doubly active

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Tackling the pertinent aspects of GDPR

JOHANNESBURG –June 15, 2018–For businesses around the world, including Africa, theimplementation of the European Union’s (EU)General Data Protection Regulation  (GDPR) is particularly pertinent. This is because the GDPR applies not only to all states in the EU, but more especially to any companies that market goods or services to EU residents.

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Networks Unlimited supports young learners with laptop donations in two less-privileged communities

JOHANNESBURG 08 June, 2018 – Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has donatednew laptops to assist young learners in two different institutions operating within poorer communities in Gauteng. This forms part of the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives and focuses on the need for both educators and learners to have access to technology.

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EdgeConnect and what it can do for your SD-WAN

JOHANNESBURG – May 21, 2018 - While most SD-WAN (software defined wide area network) solutions promise to save money and improve network agility, it is possible to help customers build a better WAN to deliver higher levels of application performance, business productivity and user experience.

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Global WAF report underscores F5 as key player in web application firewall security

JOHANNESBURG – May 03, 2018 - F5’s position as a dominant player in the Web Application Firewall (WAF) market has been underscored by its participation in ‘Global Web Application Firewall Market Research Report 2017 to 2022’, which presents an in-depth assessment of the WAF market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers and challenges.

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Attivo Networks®showcases need for deception technology as global cyberwarfare heatsup

JOHANNESBURG, April ,2018 –During mid-April, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in the United Kingdompresented detailed plans to government departments about the priority areas where the NCSC will work with the government, industry and law enforcement to improve the cyber resilience of the UK’s most important systems.

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Cyber-security: from endpoint to datacentre, where do we begin?

JOHANNESBURG – April, 2018 –The cyber-security landscape is ever shifting, with new threats hurtling into vision on a regular basis. To deal withthese threats, organisations need agile and comprehensive security strategies – covering the entire spectrum of endpoints, networks, datacentres, applications and access control.

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Cyber-security in 2018: The Big Five

JOHANNESBURG - 22 March 2018 – Cyber attacks have become something far greater than an embarrassing nuisance. As businesses are increasingly reliant on digital platforms for almost every aspect of their operations, an attack can cause everything from direct financial loss and brand damage, to destroyed consumer trust, supply chain disruption, contract and SLA breaches, and regulatory fines.

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Where WAF fits into the data path

JOHANNESBURG – 15 March 2018 - Web application firewalls (WAFs) are an integral component of application protection. They are excellent at protection against the OWASP (The Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10 and are a go-to solution for addressing zero day vulnerabilities – but where do you put them?

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Cloud computing evolves, becomes enterprise cloud-as-a-service

JOHANNESBURG – January 24, 2018 – Over the past two decades or so, the concept of cloud computing has evolved dramatically, as new data centre and networking technologies came to the fore, and new types of ‘cloud’ emerged.

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Hypergrid offers full-stack cloud solution for containers with pay-as-you-go consumption model

JOHANNESBURG – February 12, 2018 – Containerisation has been the driving force behind efforts to accelerate software development, move to the cloud, and modernise legacy applications. This is according to an article written recently by Amjad Afanah https://hypergrid.com/5-reasons-hypergrid-is-going-to-rock-dockercon-1-a-full-stack-cloud-solution-for-containers-with-no-upfront-costs-and-a-pay-as-you-go-consumption-model/

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Fortinet Q4 threat landscape report confirms previous predictions of swarm attacks

JOHANNESBURG – March, 2018 –The most recent Global Threat Landscape Report from Fortinet, securers of the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world, says thatautomated and sophisticated swarm attacks are accelerating, making it increasingly difficult for organisations to protect users, applications and devices.

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Networks Unlimited Joins Carbon Black Partner Programme as a Solutions Provider Partner

JOHANNESBURG –01 March 2018 – Networks Unlimited, a leading value-added distributor within the Sub-Saharan Africa market, today announced it has joined the Carbon Black partner programme as a Value Added Distributor (VAD). Carbon Black is a leader in next-generation endpoint security.

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Early detection and rapid response critical for targeted attack remediation

JOHANNESBURG – 23 February 2018 – In combatting a targeted attack on your network, early detection and rapid response are both critical. Cyber security experts accept the strong possibility that criminals will be able to enter their network at some or other point, and in this context, the issue becomes less about being able to keep them out, and more about detecting them and taking remedial action as soon as their presence is discovered. This is according to a recent report from global cybersecurity company RSA.

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SD-WAN will showcase more than just cost-savings in 2018 as value proposition continues to expand

JOHANNESBURG – 21 February, 2018 – Software defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have been generally known for a value proposition that revolves around cost savings on bandwidth. When businesses look to cut the high costs of running a wide area network, SD-WANs can help to save on money by replacing high cost MPLS networks with lower cost broadband internet connections.

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The cloud could be the strongest business weapon yet

JOHANNESBURG – February 20, 2018 – “The snowball effect of cloud computing is the increasing manner in how businesses meet their IT needs,” says Anton Jacobsz, managing director at African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Automate application deployments with F5 BIG-IP and Puppet as 2018 gears up for exciting new mobile app trends

JOHANNESBURG – 13 January, 2018 – As businesses adopt digital transformation strategies to venture into new income streams as well as remain competitive, the need for speed remains a major driver in the crucial business differential of delivering great customer experiences quickly.

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Cyber security: The winner takes it all

JOHANNESBURG – February 09, 2018 – It is pretty much a given that the majority of people have their personal information documented somewhere in virtual space. This data has been captured in many forms and bits and bytes through online transactions, social engagement, studies, business and work, shopping, medical treatments, and also through play (such as answering those fun personality quizzes on Facebook, for example, or by gaming). The thing is though, to live, survive and cope in this world, internet users are arguably forced to put their trust into the custodians of their data to keep it safe, accessible at any time from anywhere and, of course, on a multiple of devices and platforms. .

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Deception Technology Comes of Age

JOHANNESBURG, February 07, 2018 – Deception is usually frowned on by most societies and can carry negative connotations. But can deception ever be a positive? Cybersecurity company Attivo Networks believes that it certainly can be.

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Networking and management concerns and solutions as the fourth industrial revolution continues to evolve By Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited

JOHANNESBURG – January 30, 2018 – The global market for application performance management software is projected to reach USD5 billion by 2020, driven by the growing need to monitor the performance of applications in complex software-defined enterprises. The market is witnessing a phase of invigorated growth, and this is being led by: revolutionary developments in technologies, the growing need to gain better business visibility and improve operational efficiency, a focus on the use of customer-facing applications to enhance customer satisfaction, and innovations in the field of real-time monitoring and analytics.

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User lock-down or education? Just one of today’s cybersecurity issues in a rapidly evolving landscape

JOHANNESBURG – According to the recent PwC report, The Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, companies around the globe are becoming more reliant on cyber capabilities and this means that, in turn, they must also recognise and manage the associated risks, or make themselves vulnerable to large-scale events with significant disruptive consequences.

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South Africa at higher risk of data breaches, says phishing trend report

JOHANNESBURG – January 15, 2018 – The recent release by PhishMe®, the leading provider of human phishing defence solutions, of its South Africa Phishing Response Trends Report shows some startling findings in terms of security incidents stemming from deceptive e-mails. According to the report, some 90 percent of respondents have dealt with security incidents originating from deceptive e-mails, and yet more than half of the respondents do not possess the right tools and processes to effectively mitigate such threats.

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Taking enterprise security to the board

JOHANNESBURG – January 11, 2018 – It’s that time of year, again, with many companies busying themselves in the art of budgeting and forecasting for 2018. In some companies, this means the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) having to communicate the importance of including enterprise security in this planning, using a language that the members of the board will understand.

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Business success and nimbleness accumulated in cloud gets serious

JOHANNESBURG January 05, 2018 The outstanding business value delivered by cloud technology has seen numerous small businesses boom into global giants. Cloud computing is the not-so-secret key to a business success, says Anton Jacobsz, managing director of value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited. For years, the mantra for good business has been to have a brilliant support system in place so that execs can focus on the business at hand and cloud offers an excellent IT core on which to build and grow a business.

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An AI a day…

JOHANNESBURG – December 19, 2017 – One of the greatest benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) to humankind is its influence on the medical field.
“Powered by some of the most sophisticated technology, AI is assisting in improving medical diagnosis,” says Anton Jacobs, managing director at African value-added technology distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Trend alert: RDMA goes the distance

JOHANNESBURG – December 15, 2017 – It’s that time of year again; a time for reflection over the past 12 months. These days, however, one year can seem like a decade or more considering the speed at which technology is innovating, and in networking it’s been a great year for storage modernisation.

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In the thick of today’s cloud capabilities, Networks Unlimited leads the way

JOHANNESBURG – December 11, 2017 – There’s no question that cloud computing is one of the big movements in IT circles today. The world-wide adoption of cloud services is growing at an almost exponential rate, due to the capability of cloud platforms to enable new, complex business models and orchestrate globally-based integration networks.

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Attivo Networks bolsters security defences across South and Sub-Saharan Africa with Networks Unlimited

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November 28, 2017 – Attivo Networks®, the leader in deception for cyber security threat detection, today announced a strategic partnership with Networks Unlimited, Africa’s leading value-added distributor. With this distribution partnership, Attivo Networks and Networks Unlimited together aim to extend comprehensive next-generation deception-based cyber security defence to customers across the South and Sub-Saharan region.

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SDN enables today’s business cases

JOHANNESBURG – November 07, 2017 – Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated.

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Data backup needs to improve a lot, not just a little

JOHANNESBURG – November 15, 2017 – Data lies at the very core of an organisation’s success in the digital economy, spurring the evolution of data backup and recovery technology.

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SDN enables today’s business cases

JOHANNESBURG – November 07, 2017 – Computer networks are the heart of modern communication, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is considered a revolution in terms of how today’s networks are designed, built and operated.

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Networks Unlimited partners with SevOne to bolster network monitoring in the Sub-Saharan region

JOHANNESBURG – 01 November 2017 – Value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has announced its distribution agreement with SevOne, a leading provider of digital infrastructure management solutions, for the Sub-Saharan region.

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Key considerations in using a web application firewall

JOHANNESBURG – October 30, 2017 – Cyber security 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.

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A buyer’s market in the global economics of DDoS attacks

JOHANNESBURG – October 19, 2017 – It’s a buyer’s market in the local property arena at the moment, according to certain industry experts. This is largely as a result of the slower economy, which has seen a rise in the number of properties for sale. But did you know that globally, it’s a buyer’s market as well when we look at the economics of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks? The second, of course, is an underground market, largely regarded as a criminal one.

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Networks Unlimited offers local clients hottest global tech in cloud computing

JOHANNESBURG – October 25, 2017 – “When it comes to IT innovation, the cloud certainly has shown itself to have the most precious lining,” states Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Ten critical areas to strengthen your security position and risk mitigation strategies

JOHANNESBURG –October 24 , 2017 – The changing face of IT security is seen in such factors of modern life as the pervasiveness of the Internet, the sheer abundance of mobile devices, the rise of social media, and dramatic shifts in web and cloud-based technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) adds another layer of complexity in which applications are at the core of this changing landscape. According to F5 data that tracks the 25 largest security breaches between 2000 and 2015, an astounding 72 percent of today’s attacks target identities and applications, not the network.

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Say what? SD-WAN set to change communication status quo

JOHANNESBURG – October 16, 2017 - As more applications move to the cloud, companies are finding multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) is no longer sufficient to address today’s WAN requirements. In fact, it’s a little like playing “broken telephone”

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Networks Unlimited partners with Uplogix to automate network management across the Sub-Saharan region

JOHANNESBURG – 29 August 2017 – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has signed a distribution agreement with Uplogix to expand the distribution of its remote network management platform to the Sub-Saharan region.

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Networks Unlimited partners with Thales to accelerate digital transformation in Africa

JOHANNESBURG – 26 September 2017 – African value added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has a signed a partnership agreement with Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, to assist organisations operating on the continent in their digital transformation efforts.

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SD-WAN: An answer to improving network performance

JOHANNESBURG – September 18, 2017 – “The consistent, reliable, low latency and, above all, fast performance of an organisation’s network is a non-negotiable in the era of digitisation,” states Anton Jacobsz, managing director at value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited.

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Mellanox InfiniBand still central to the phased growth plan for South Africa’s CHPC

JOHANNESBURG – September 15, 2017 – Nearly two years have passed since The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chose Mellanox FDR InfiniBand to assist it in its goal of providing high-end computing resources to the South African community. Given phased growth planning and the aspirations of both organisations, the interconnect solution from Mellanox Technologies is proving to be just as important today.

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Networks Unlimited establishes ESM business unit to meet high client demand

JOHANNESBURG- 13 September – African value-added distributor, Networks Unlimited, has established a new Enterprise Systems Management (ESM) business unit to meet the technology demands of its customers across the continent. Hannes Rheeder will head up the new unit.

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Service delivery in IT paramount to organisational success

JOHANNESBURG - 11 September 2017 - Improving the efficiency and reliability of IT operations, enhancing security and compliance, a proactive approach to maintenance, return on investment and costs savings, and freeing up IT employees to work on strategic projects, are some of the top factors driving clients to service providers.

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Rubrik’s breakthrough Alta release delivers instant application availability for any app, anywhere

JOHANNESBURG – 05 September 2017 - Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, recently announced the landmark 4.0 Alta release of its Cloud Data Management platform, which provides instant application availability anytime, anywhere regardless of infrastructure.

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Deep learning is changing the way we live

JOHANNESBURG – 29 August, 2017 – Analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data – these conversations are no longer complete without the term “deep learning”, a powerful phrase that is increasingly becoming part of the business vocabulary as it recognises life-changing advantages.

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New study puts Arbor Networks in global first place when it comes to DDoS protection

JOHANNESBURG – The growing size, frequency and complexity of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks presents a serious challenge for any business. A recent study by industry analysts Quadrant Knowledge Solutions has identified Arbor Networks as the global market and technology leader in providing DDoS mitigation solutions.

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Networks Unlimited offers effective security and network solutions to support SA’s evolution of the digital classroom

JOHANNESBURG – August 15, 2017 – The growing threat of ransomware today looms across a number of different industries – healthcare, retail, hospitality, finance and insurance, government, professional services, technology and manufacturing - and education is not immune. However, unlike some of the other aforementioned industries, educational institutions frequently need to solve their IT challenges on very limited budgets.

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The rise of security as a service in the evolving threat landscape

JOHANNESBURG - 10 August 2017 - The constant evolution of the global security threat landscape is playing a part in the rise of cyber ‘security as a service’ offerings. In addition, the evergreen discussion around cost modelling, namely the ‘Capex vs Opex?’ issue, is also a factor in the promotion of this type of service, particularly when it comes to security approaches of enterprises verses smaller businesses.

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Does Wi-Fi network compliance equal corporate data security?

JOHANNESBURG – August 08, 2017 – If a network is compliant with regulations, does that mean it’s secure? Unfortunately for both IT professionals and businesses, it does not.

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7 traits to look for in an SD-WAN provider

JOHANNESBURG – August 4, 2017 – Software-defined Wide Area Networks (WAN) have certainly captured the attention of CIOs across nearly every industry, promising greater control over WAN infrastructure and the application traffic that’s traversing the network.

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The likelihood of being hacked is at an all time high - it’s time to up the security game

JOHANNESBURG – 31 July 2017 – Two significant events happened recently. One positive, the other, cripplingly negative.

First the good: The International Labour Organization recently recognised cybersecurity as a part of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, as being hacked does not just put company’s assets or reputation at risk, but can also affects people’s health.

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Bridge the ‘Gap of Grief’ with RSA

JOHANNESBURG – July 24, 2017 – A Business-Driven Security architecture was recently unveiled by RSA, a Dell Technologies business, offering a new approach to assist enterprises to manage cyber risk and protect what matters most to them, be it their financial records, IP, and more.

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RSA delivers ‘Hunter Packs’, equips RSA NetWitness Suite for threat detection and response

JOHANNESBURG – RSA, a Dell Technologies business, has unveiled updates and enhancements to the RSA NetWitness Suite that gives analysts the industry’s most advanced threat detection and response solution to discover, contain and ultimately eradicate threats.

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Mandela Day 2017: Networks Unlimited lends practical support to church’s goal of creating sustainable vegetable garden

JOHANNESBURG – July 20, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has supported the fund-raising efforts of one of its partners, EOH, at the Randpark Ridge United Church in Johannesburg, by helping to upgrade the church’s vegetable garden.

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African organisations to benefit from Rubrik’s integration with Pure Storage; solution delivers integrated hybrid cloud functionality, simplicity and performance across all environments

JOHANNESBURG - 17 July 2017 - Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, has announced its data protection solution for Pure Storage FlashBlade, along with new integration between Rubrik’s Cloud Data Management Products and Pure Storage’s FlashArray//M. With this new collaboration, customers can achieve simplicity, performance and integrated data management across hybrid cloud environments.

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Networks Unlimited brings Rubrik’s award-winning remote Cloud backup to SA

JOHANNESBURG – July 11, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced the availability of Rubrik Edge.

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Getting to grips with the Petya virus as fictional scenario becomes global fact

JOHANNESBURG – June 30, 2017 – Picture the scene: in parts of Africa and Europe, office workers are sitting at their computers when the instruction comes into their office mailboxes: ‘As a precautionary measure, turn off your Windows-based computer and do not use wi-fi – the company is under attack globally from a new virus software’. Elsewhere near Mumbai, a terminal at India’s biggest container port is unable to load or unload because of the attack, as the facility can’t identify which shipment belongs to which company. In Kiev where the attack begins, operations are disabled in government systems, private global companies and the Chernobyl nuclear facility. This all sounds like a scene from Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible, filming right now, but instead it is, unfortunately, fact and not fiction

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Multi-tenancy for the cloud enables economies of scale

JOHANNESBURG – June 30, 2017 –Multi-tenancy is an architecture where a single instance of a software application runs on a server and services multiple customers – referred to, in this case, as tenants.

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The irresistible allure and unstoppable rise of the public cloud

JOHANNESBURG - 29 June 2017 - The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that more than 80 percent of IT organisations will be committed to hybrid cloud architectures by the end of this year, vastly driving the rate and pace of change in organisations. In addition, its analysts predict that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based, reaching 60 percent of all IT infrastructure, and 60 to 70 percent of all software, services, and technology spending by 2020. https://www.idc.com/research/viewtoc.jsp?containerId=259840

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Great expectations for new era of enterprise firewalls

JOHANNESBURG – June 28, 2017 – The recent surge in network security preparedness has been driven by threats related to remote access employees - threats that penetrate and persist unnoticed – as well as rapid updates and integrated threat intelligence. This is according to Frost and Sullivan research, published in March 2016.

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True Cloud for carrier-neutral service providers: moving beyond direct connect models

JOHANNESBURG – June 27, 2017 – As adoption and use of public cloud services accelerates, carrier-neutral service providers have moved quickly to create new offerings that benefit hybrid cloud scenarios, says James Thomason, chief technology officer of HyperGrid, the enterprise cloud service company that provides public-cloud services on-premises through HyperCloud.

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Connected Cars: From here to autonomy

JOHANNESBURG – June 14, 2017 – South African consumers’ great love affair with the automobile is set to grow ever more passionate, as an array of new technologies start rapidly entering our cars – reshaping the travel experience for the millions that head out onto our roads every day.

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Making people your best defence against phishing

JOHANNESBURG – June 13, 2017 – The recent launch in South Africa of PhishMe®, an end-to-end phishing mitigation solution, has shown how companies worldwide can make people their best defence against the malicious art of phishing.

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Ten steps for combating DDoS in real time

JOHANNESBURG – June 12, 2017 – To the uninitiated, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack can be a scary, stressful ordeal. But don’t panic. Follow these steps by David Holmes, senior technical marketing manager: Security, F5 Networks, to successfully fight an attack:

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Mellanox 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet converged network adapters: flexible I/O for the dynamic data centre

JOHANNESBURG – June 09, 2017 – Mellanox continues its leadership in providing high-performance networking technologies by delivering superior productivity and scaling in 10/25/40/50/56/100 Gigabit Ethernet Adapters, enabling data centres to do more with less.

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Virtualisation, hyper-convergence and the data explosion

JOHANNESBURG ‐ June 05, 2017 ‐ Data management and ROI value have long been serious IT challenges. Whether you run a small home office or are part of an expansive enterprise, the issues remain the same; we are drowning in data. Not only drowning, but also required to store and safeguard this data for many reasons ranging from security requirements, across legal compliances, disaster recovery in the case of system failure or compromise, right down to pure access to our data for both business use and ever more critical analysis to leverage the information it contains to benefit our businesses.

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Networks Unlimited introduces entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family to Africa; supports speeds of 10/25/40/50/56/100GbE

JOHANNESBURG – May 22, 2017 – Networks Unlimited, an African value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology solutions, has announced the availability of the entire Mellanox Ethernet Switch System family.

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How Tintri’s enterprise Cloud realises the ‘bi-modal’ vision

JOHANNESBURG – May 18, 2017 – As more and more CIOs look towards a target state that’s popularly, if loosely, defined by terms like ‘bi-modal IT’ or ‘two-speed architecture’, many wonder how to turn that vision into practical reality.

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