Last week the ESET Security Day Breakfast was held in Durban and I was lucky enough to attend this informative event which covered security topics and of course the subject that is on everyone’s mind, The POPI Act. The packed out event was held in the Maharani Hotel in Durban.
Here are some of the highlights from the event:
Ransomware and Cybercrime Trends Report
|Robert Lipovsky sharing his insight|
We heard a fantastic report from ESET Global Senior Researcher, Robert Lipovsky. He shared some key insights into security, ransomware, malware, viruses and analysis.
He did let us know that sometimes even Hackers leave you a nice message within malware.
Mr Lipovsky also shared insight from around the world of key attacks and noted that when the Durex site gets hit you know nobody is safe.
He also warned that sometimes malware can even steal some of the most important information such as admin details and passwords.
‘Espionage is used before destructive attacks,’ noted Mr Lipovsky.
The POPI Act and the Road to Compliance
|Drew van Vuuren explains the POPI Act|
Drew van Vuuren of iDataSec gave a very interesting report on what we can expect from the POPI Act. ‘Business and Organisations are going to have to change the way they do business,’ warned Mr van Vuuren. He noted that the biggest impact will be on DMO (Direct Marketing Organisations).
He also let people know that the POPI act also applies to local government. He also suggested that business take reasonable steps to comply with POPI.
|Adrian Stanford shares security tips|
Adrian Stanford a Business Analyst from ESET gave us some key insights into POPI and even shared a useful microsite that ESET has setup to help companies deal with POPI act.
You can get free information on POPI and your requirements at this microsite.
The site can be found here: https://encryption.eset.com/za/what-is-popia/
He warned companies to keep things secure and use encryption, especially endpoint encryption. He recommended as many different layers of security as possible and suggested companies use 2-factor authentication such as banks require. So not only do you have a password but you can add in 1 time pins sent to your mobile phone to add layers of security. Avoid using easy passwords and avoid posting secure details on social media where they can be easily seen by just about anyone.
The POPI Assessment Tool
|Steve Flynn reveals details of the POPI Assessment Tool|
Steve Flynn the ESET Director of Sales and Marketing also shared with us more details on the POPI Assessment Tool and how ESET can help you deal with the POPI act. There is also the option for companies that take up this offer to resell the product to their clients.
For more info on these offerings from ESET visit: www.eset.co.za
This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton
Images courtesy ESET