Calls for inclusive, socially-conscious innovation

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Science, technology and innovation must, at its core, be grounded in public good purposes. Going forward, the government department in charge of science and innovation will place emphasis on working with other government departments to enhance public sector innovation for societal benefit. This is the word from Dr Phil Mjwara, director-general at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), speaking on the occasion of the launch of the 2019 South African Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) indicators report. The DSI, formerly the Department of Science and Technology, through its entity the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), released the findings of the 2019 STI indicators report, which highlights critical aspects of SA’s innovation balance sheet. Referencing a tool called the municipal innovation maturity index, Mjwara says the decision-support tool is…
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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services

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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services   Using an external service provider to assist with your business’s IT needs is something that has grown in popularity over the years, thanks to a number of benefits which directly translate into cost savings. Defined as ‘managed services’, an external provider monitors and looks after a business’s IT and technology needs, improving productivity, reducing expenses and streamlining processes. “With South Africa’s economy in a slump, businesses are looking to get real value for money from their IT & tech providers,” says Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape. “For smaller companies, having an in-house IT technician or department is usually expensive, and often unnecessary. SMEs’ IT requirements are generally not as complex or extensive as those of…
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‘Petya’ ransomware attack: what is it and how can it be stopped?

‘Petya’ ransomware attack: what is it and how can it be stopped?

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The website homepage of British advertising company WPP after it was targeted by international cyber-attack ‘Petya’. Photograph: Benjamin Fathers/AFP/Getty Images Wednesday 28 June 2017 07.17 BST First published on Wednesday 28 June 2017 01.24 BST Many organizations in Europe and the US have been crippled by a ransomware attack known as “Petya”. The malicious software has spread through large firms including the advertiser WPP, food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping and transport firm Maersk, leading to PCs and data being locked up and held for ransom. It’s the second major global ransomware attack in the past two months. In early May, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was among the organizations infected by WannaCry, which used a vulnerability first revealed to the public as part of a leaked stash…
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