Prof SH (Basie) von Solms is the Director of the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The month of May brought with it the biggest cyberattack in the history of computers – the Wannacry ransomware attacks. The real impact of the attacks will probably never be known, but maybe the clinical statistics of the attacks are not the most important consequences to investigate. There can be no doubt that this is not a standalone event, and that we will see more and more such attacks in in the future – so what are the real lessons we can and should learn from these attacks so that we can be better prepared for the next one?
On Business Destination Joburg this week, we take a look at new technology that prevents identity theft, on the second half of the show we speak to a cybersecurity expert, Prof. Basie van Solms about WannaCry Ransomware.
Could implanting an intelligent microchip the size of a grain of rice into your body change the way you start a car, send information to a computer or phone, or even help in a medical emergency? Carte Blanche meets the young South African engineers who implanted these devices beneath their skin 'for fun' and to test the potential for this technology to change everyday life. Prof Von Solms highlights some of the possible security implications.
The recent hacking of dating website Ashley Madison brought to light the need for businesses to ensure that they are adequately protected from cybercrime. Candice Sutherland, Business Development Consultant at SHA Specialist Underwriters and Professor Basie von Solms, Director at the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Johannesburg join CNBC Africa to discuss how businesses and individuals can utilise good cyber security practices.
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