Phishing Alert

Cybersecurity: Companies in Africa need to do more to fight off attacks, says Kaspersky

By David Whitehouse

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Posted on January 27, 2021 17:29

Man holds laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him in this illustration picture

Telling your boss that your company computer has been phished – victim of a campaign to obtain sensitive information through fraudulent emails – needs to be seen as a corporate win, not a danger to your job.

That’s the change in culture needed at African companies as cybersecurity threats flourish on the back of Covid-19, Lehan van den Heever, enterprise cyber security adviser for Kaspersky in Africa, tells The Africa Report.

South African, Nigeria and Kenya are seeing the biggest increases in cybercrime, which correlates with the presence of business hubs, van den Heever says from Johannesburg.

Culture crisis

Corporate culture is part of the reason for the problem. There are many examples of employees who are in possession of important critical corporate information falling for phishing e-mails. Yet many are scared about losing their jobs if they report it, he says..

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