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01
JUN

e4's Kevin Halkerd: Popia compliance should not be a checkbox exercise [promoted]

While we are all acutely aware of the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia), are we considering the most appropriate approach to safe guarding our organisations against the risks and inevitable consequences?
TechCentral spoke to Kevin Halkerd, information security officer at e4 Group, for his insights into what the Popia road map looks like for organisations.
The podcast interview touches on collective review, minimum compliance measures, impact assessments and evidence-based audits – not to mention the fact that we cannot abdicate the responsibility of compliance to third parties.
Halkerd’s experiences and insights into the mood of the Information Regulator are a stark reminder that consequences are going to be forthcoming for those who aren’t compliant.
Halkerd is a certified practitioner of information security with an extensive background in offshore privacy regulations, compliance and information security. He is passionate about privacy regulatory affairs and sees the implementation of privacy frameworks as being beneficial to everyone.
Don’t miss this fascinating discussion!
01
JUN

Everything PC S01E04 - ‘The story of Intel - part 2’

We continue our exploration of the Intel Corporation this week in episode 4 of Everything PC, this time looking at the current challenges facing the chip giant — and what comes next under the leadership of CEO Pat Gelsinger.
In part 1 of this double episode of Everything PC, your hosts Gerhard Pretorius and Duncan McLeod unpacked the history of one of the most storied companies in Silicon Valley — how it built the PC industry and also how it eventually lost its mojo.
Now, in part 2, we unpack how Gelsinger is trying to fix the mess left by his recent predecessors in the Intel CEO role and ask: can he turn the ship around?
Specifically, we look at:
* Why Intel is getting into the discrete GPU market;
* Intel’s future in server environments and data centres;
* The latest — and future — microprocessor designs from Intel. (Is it time to excited yet?);
* The threat from ARM, TSMC and Apple; and
* Much more besides.
Don’t miss the discussion!
30
MAY

The threat is real: CipherWave makes the case for Zero Trust [promoted]

Zero Trust. You’ve heard the term, but what exactly does it mean, and what are the benefits of adopting it as a security model?
In this podcast, TechCentral’s James Erasmus is joined by CipherWave CEO Wayne D’Sa and chief cloud officer Casper van der Walt who share best practice in implementing Zero Trust.
With new working models, more devices accessing the network, increased cybercrime, and numerous other risks, CipherWave explores the practical implications of not adhering to best practice and not ensuring the correct implementation of policy and frameworks.
Data breaches and ransomware attacks happen across industries, companies and countries. D’Sa and Van der Walt unpack how CipherWave approaches cyber risk, both as an Internet service provider and a cloud specialist.
The threat is real. And the results can be devastating to a company that has not done proper planning for an adequate security backup policy. This conversation provides perspective about why Zero Trust is a critical consideration, or at least should be, for all organisations.
27
MAY

Wapa's Paul Colmer on why Icasa should open up 6GHz for Wi-Fi

The Wireless Access Providers Association (Wapa) recently called for government to free up vast tracts of radio frequency spectrum in the 6GHz band, claiming that doing so could drive a wave of economic growth.

Wapa executive Paul Colmer joins the TechCentral podcast (listen below) to unpack why the association has made this call, and why it believes opening up the 6GHz band to unlicensed telecommunications providers could generate huge benefits for the country.

Specifically, the spectrum could be used for Wi-Fi 6E, an evolution of Wi-Fi 6 (technically, 802.11ax) that exploits the 6GHz band.

Wapa, which represents many of South Africa’s wireless Internet service providers, said its own calculations suggest that more than R560-billion in increased GDP could be derived from freeing up 1.2GHz of spectrum around 6GHz.

Two parts

The Wi-Fi 6E band is broken up into two main portions: a lower band from 5 925MHz to 6 425MHz and an upper band from 6 425MHz to 7 125MHz. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance has urged governments to provide unlicensed access to 700MHz of the upper band.

But why should the band be made available on an unlicensed basis for Wi-Fi, rather than being allocated to mobile operators as so-called IMT spectrum for mobile broadband instead? What about existing users in the band? And if the band is made available on an unlicensed basis, how should it be done?

In the podcast, Colmer looks at what other countries are doing with the band, and why he thinks the time is right for communications regulator Icasa to consider how it plans to make the band available for communications services.

Don’t miss the discussion.
26
MAY

Spectrum auction opens up big growth opportunities - Ruckus Wireless [promoted]

Having concluded a successful spectrum auction and collected more than R14.4-billion in proceeds, communications regulator Icasa has opened the pipeline for considerable economic growth in South Africa.
TechCentral jumps straight into what this means with Riaan Graham, director for sub-Saharan Africa at Ruckus Networks, in this podcast interview.
“Put the delays (otherwise known as the 'debacle') behind us, and let's look forward to building an exciting future. The digital economy is poised to take off, and having access to fast, distributed and cheaper data is certainly going to change our economy for the better,” says Graham.
“Everybody is more efficient and more productive when they are connected," he adds. And this will become even more apparent when 5G is unlocked and truly available to both the formal and informal sectors.
“It is now up to us to find ways to use the spectrum effectively and encourage economic growth. Icasa certainly still has its part to play and could learn something from the our neighbours in Kenya, where Konza Technology City, a smart city also known as Silicon Savannah, is going to be fuelled by a ‘can-do’ attitude and abundant spectrum,” Graham adds.
25
MAY

Everything PC S01E03 - 'The story of Intel - part 1'

In the third episode of Everything PC, we begin our adventure into the world of Intel, the company that in many respects started it all back in 1968.
In this episode, the first of a two-parter, Everything PC hosts Duncan McLeod and Gerhard Pretorius look at the storied history of Intel, from its founding by chemist Gordon Moore and physicist Robert Noyce, to its chip designs that helped create and their transform the personal computer industry.
In many respects, Intel is the flip side of the AMD story, which we covered in episodes 1 and 2 of Everything PC -- and we do recommend starting with those if you are new to the show (welcome).
In this episode, we unpack Intel’s early history and its phenomenal rise in the 1980s and 1990s, and how it later lost its mojo amid management upheavals and other self-inflicted wounds.
Part 2 of the Intel story, in which we look at the company’s future prospects under the leadership of Pat Gelsinger, will be published next week.
23
MAY

Cybersecurity: mind the gap [promoted]

Huge skills gaps in the cybersecurity sector mean that self-starters who upskill themselves now could quickly put themselves on rewarding and lucrative career paths.
TechCentral chatted in this podcast to Anna Collard, senior vice president of content strategy and evangelist at KnowBe4 Africa, about the company’s recent Cyber Security Skills Pipeline survey and what to do about the opportunity.
Collard, a seasoned cybersecurity specialist and advisor, said the responses to the survey revealed some startling challenges across all industries, the greatest being the lack of qualified candidates with the right aptitude and level of experience.
Said Collard: “On the one hand, we have massive youth unemployment; on the other, we see a cybersecurity skills gap. That’s an opportunity!”
Respondents to the survey showed:
• 56.7% could not find qualified candidates;
• 71.7% could not find candidates with enough practical experience; and
• 50% said candidates did not demonstrate the necessary levels of attitude and aptitude.
Roles organisations most need to fill are:
• Cloud security professionals: 58.3%
• SOC analysts and threat hunting teams: 53.3%
• Risk, governance and compliance professionals: 55%
• Red teaming and offensive security professionals: 48.3%
• Network engineering: 36.7%
• Security culture and awareness professionals: 35%
The solution is to:
• Be a role model. Take on interns and offer young people an opportunity to learn and get experience in this field.
• Look for aptitude and attitude; the technical skills will follow.
• Embrace all opportunities to share and to learn through whatever channel, not necessarily the traditional tertiary institutions, but also micro-learning.
We all have a lot to gain from this conversation and KnowBe4 Africa has certainly exposed the gap. Now, to fill it!
Watch or listen to this fascinating podcast now.
18
MAY

Dean Broadley on why product design at Yoco is an evolving art [promoted]

Dean Broadley, head of product design at Yoco, an African technology company, talks to TechCentral in this podcast interview about why and how the firm has deliberately not painted all customers with the same brush, but rather built relationships and maintained trust as an open commerce ecosystem for small businesses.
“Our core customers are a diverse and fluid group of people, and to truly serve them we need to think about all the tools and services they might need in their unique circumstances,” says Broadley. “Our vision, therefore, is to be a multi-product business – a complete payments experience – to help our customers not just accept payments, but manage and grow their businesses.”
Broadley has spent his career working hard to connect experiences in the physical, digital and career spaces, and finds great value in leaving things more “human” than he found them. He firmly believes if we build the humans, then the products will follow.
The design thought process requires a curious mindset and a fascination to unpack the problem before looking at creating a solution. It is this empathetic nature that is reflected in the values of Yoco, in its approach to product design, and in its growing team of ambitious and talented people.
Broadley also talks in the podcast about how through “open commerce” and by creating a coherent experience for existing and new users, everyone thrives.
“The past six months at Yoco have been very busy, we’ve grown immensely in lots of ways. We have a remote team that spans across the Middle East and Africa with a strong tech and engineering team, which is helping us towards our vision,” he says.
17
MAY

Everything PC S01E02 – ‘AMD: Ryzen from the dead – part 2’

Welcome back to Everything PC, and to the second episode of this brand new South African podcast that’s aimed at computer enthusiasts and technologists.
In the second part of a two-parter on Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Everything PC hosts Duncan McLeod and Gerhard Pretorius unpack the Silicon Valley company’s bumpy history, its fights with Intel and why it’s emerging, after five decades in the business, as a powerhouse in semiconductors.
The podcast covers the most important milestones in AMD’s history, including its licensing agreement with Intel to start making x86 chips, its deal to buy graphics chip maker ATi and its recently blockbuster, US$50-billion acquisition of Xylinx – and why it could change everything in the chip business!
10
MAY

Everything PC S01E01 - 'AMD: Ryzen from the dead - part 1'

Welcome to the first-ever episode of Everything PC, a new South African podcast aimed squarely at computer enthusiasts.
In this episode, the first of a two-parter, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Gerhard Pretorius unpack why Advanced Micro Devices - the US chip company better known as AMD - is worth watching.
In fact, AMD has a fascinating history, which we unpack in some detail in part 1 of this two-parter episode.
Having been founded within months of rival Intel, the companies have had a love-hate relationship for decades.
But AMD is on the rise, for various reasons, and is set to give Intel a proper run for its money in the next few years.
In this podcast, we unpack why: what is AMD doing right, why has its market capitalisation topped Intel's this year (albeit briefly), why is its "fabless" approach to chip making playing to its advantage, why is its alliance with Taiwan's TSMC so important, and what comes next?
We hope you enjoy Everything PC as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.
We will push out the first few episodes through TechCentral's podcasting and YouTube channels, but we encourage you to subscribe to the podcasts by searching for Everything PC in your favourite podcatcher.
02
MAY

Llew Claasen on how exchange controls are harming SA tech start-ups

South Africa’s exchange control regulations and intellectual property transfer rules are harming the potential of South Africa’s start-up ecosystem.
This is the view of Llew Claasen, co-founder – with Vinny Lingham – of venture capital firm Newtown Partners, who says the regulations make it difficult for venture capital providers to invest in local start-ups.
Claasen joins the TechCentral podcast to talk about the changes the South African Reserve Bank should make to address the problem.
The regulations, Claasen says in the podcast, make it harder for South African investors and entrepreneurs to be successful on the global stage. And the rules mean South Africa is at risk – and, in fact, very likely already is – missing out on the billions of dollars in global investment money targeting start-ups from the African continent.
Is it difficult for government to change the regulations to promote investment in South African start-ups? And why are the rules there in the first place? Claasen unpacks these questions in the discussion.
He also talks about Newtown Partners’ history, the investments it’s made, the company’s partnership with Imperial Group and its focus on corporate venture capital.
Claasen, who is an enthusiast of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies, also talks about why he’s excited about decentralised finance, or DeFi, as well as social tokens, and where he sees the crypto space going in the coming years.
Don’t miss the discussion!
20
APR

The inside scoop on OVEX's big expansion plans [promoted]

In this podcast, TechCentral talks to OVEX CEO Jonathan Ovadia and marketing lead Nicola Bergonzoli about the crypto company’s ambitious expansion plans in Africa.
Ovadia unpacks OVEX’s plans to expand to 20 African markets by the end of the year and how the company intends getting there.
With a trading volume of US$600-million/month and a growth rate of 30%, OVEX is on a mission to decentralise finance across the African continent.
Ovadia and Bergonzoli’s insights give assurance to institutions and individuals entering the crypto market.
Don’t miss the discussion.

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