African trust centre launches cyber division

November 2019 Cyber Security

Advancing cybersecurity to more stringent heights, LAWtrust has launched a new division focusing on cybersecurity services to complement its identity, encryption and digital signature offerings to more comprehensively support customers in the ongoing battle for improved digital security.

“LAWtrust has traditionally been focused on defensive technologies. The additional focus on ‘Secure Availability’ moves away from the defensive approach to a proactive stance by assisting clients to determine whether their digital environment is safe or not. Employing the latest in testing tools, cyber-analytics and experienced security analysts, LAWtrust can conduct vulnerability assessments, guide the customer in prioritising the vulnerabilities and assist in remediation,” says LAWtrust’s chief solutions officer, Maeson Maherry.


Maeson Maherry.

According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), South Africa has the third-highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide, losing about R2,2 billion a year to cyberattacks.

“Most of the cybersecurity companies in South Africa only service information systems (IT) and not operational systems (OT). Operational systems need to be secured as well, especially in sectors such as industrial or manufacturing sectors, mining and engineering sectors. This speaks to the trend of Industry 4.0 and IoT and continuing automation of all industries. There is a huge shortage of digital security skills in South Africa, leaving the country vulnerable,” says Maherry.

Malware attacks in South Africa increased by 22% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, according to Kaspersky. While a report from cybersecurity firm Norton says globally, 978 million consumers were affected by cybercrimes in 2017, stealing a total of $172 billion.

“A cybersecurity assessment usually includes vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, architecture reviews and gap analysis against business/compliance requirements which will help the consultant with a comprehensive view. The LAWtrust approach is to focus on the aspects of remediation and information security solutions, that can provide the fastest, and the greatest, advantage to a business in a disruptive but governed environment,” concludes Maherry.




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

Governing cybersecurity from the top as a strategic business enabler
Cyber Security
C-Suite executives still do not take cybersecurity seriously enough, while boards are not nearly as engaged in cybersecurity as they are in other areas of oversight.

Read more...
It is time to take a quantum leap in IoT cybersecurity
Drive Control Corporation Cyber Security
IoT has become integrated everywhere, including enterprises. While it offers many benefits, such as increased productivity and the rollout of mission critical applications, it can also lead to (enterprise) cyber-attack vulnerabilities.

Read more...
What to do in the face of growing ransomware attacks
Technews Publishing Cyber Security Security Services & Risk Management
Ransomware attacks are proliferating, with attackers becoming more sophisticated and aggressive, and often hitting the same victims more than once, in more than one way.

Read more...
Can we reduce cyberattacks in 2023?
Cyber Security
Zero-trust cybersecurity strategy with simplicity and risk reduction at the heart is mandatory to reduce exponential cyberattacks in 2023, says GlobalData.

Read more...
Key success factors that boost security resilience
Cyber Security
Adoption of zero trust, secure access service edge and extended detection and response technologies, all resulted in significant increases in resilient outcomes, as are executive support and cultivating a security culture.

Read more...
Enterprise threats in 2023
News Cyber Security
Large businesses and government structures should prepare for cybercriminals using media to blackmail organisations, reporting alleged data leaks, and purchasing initial access to previously compromised companies on the darknet.

Read more...
CA Southern Africa unmasks container security
Technews Publishing IT infrastructure Cyber Security
Adoption of software containers has risen dramatically as more organisations realise the benefits of this virtualised technology.

Read more...
Shifts in threat landscape to industrial control systems
Cyber Security
Kaspersky’s ICS CERT researchers’ predictions include increased attack surface due to digitisation, activities of volunteer and cybercriminal insiders, ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure as well as the technical, economic and geopolitical effects, and the rise of potential vulnerabilities being exploited by attackers.

Read more...
Advanced persistent cybercrime
Cyber Security
FortiGuard Labs predicts the convergence of advanced persistent threat methods with cybercrime. Advanced persistent cybercrime enables new wave of destructive attacks at scale, fuelled by Cybercrime-as-a-Service.

Read more...
Digital razor wire: sharpening endpoint protection
Cyber Security
Crypto-mining, hacking, vulnerabilities, and threats – protecting the organisation’s endpoints has never been more important than it is today, says Reggie Nkabinde, consultant: modern platform-security at Altron Karabina.

Read more...