Improving South Africa's Cyber Security by cyber securing its small companies

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The 2013 Norton Cyber Security reports reveal that South Africa has the third highest number of cybercrime victims in the word - only surpassed by China and Russia. This paper critically reviews one area, the cyber security of small companies, which plays a significant role in putting SA is in this unenviable position, and suggests a plan of action to address the identified area. It is well reported that small companies are increasingly becoming major targets for cyber criminals. Major reasons for this are that small companies do not have the expert security knowledge and often cannot afford to get their own cyber security house in order. Compromising the cyber security measures of small companies in SA can have a crucial impact on the general cyber security of SA as a whole. This paper will investigate this aspect with the main objective of presenting a Plan of Action to improve the situation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IST-Africa Conference, IST-Africa 2015
EditorsPaul Cunningham, Miriam Cunningham
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781905824519
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2015
EventIST-Africa Conference, IST-Africa 2015 - Lilongwe, Malawi
Duration: 6 May 20158 May 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IST-Africa Conference, IST-Africa 2015


ConferenceIST-Africa Conference, IST-Africa 2015


  • Cyber Security
  • Cybercrime
  • Small companies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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