Cyanre in the News

Publication: Times Live, Graeme HoskenDate: 13 July, 2016

Top secret information about how South Africa acquires its military equipment has been hacked in a breach of Armscor's computer systems. The hack began on Sunday and ended yesterday. Sensitive tender information was stolen from Armscor computers and hidden in the internet's dark web.

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Publication: Times Live, Graeme HoskenDate: 06 June, 2016

International cyber criminals are fleecing South Africans of hundreds of millions of rands through sophisticated attacks on the country's financial institutions. Earlier this year, hackers stole more than R180-million from Standard Bank after obtaining credit card details and using them to draw money from dozens of ATMs in Japan in a co-ordinated strike.

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Publication: ArticleDate: 14 May, 2016

It is a nightmare some families are all too aware of. For months, mostly teenage girls are followed online by sex-stalkers. Some of them hack into their phone via social media and steal naked pictures from their phones. The stalkers then try to blackmail the little girls with exposing their nudes, by asking for even more nudes. Some even pretend to want to date them

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Publication: ArticleDate: 13 May, 2016

It is a nightmare a Cape Town family is all too aware of. For 16 months they have battled to get their teenage daughter's sex-stalker arrested. The Johannesburg man - who was released on R1000 bail in February - is due in court again this month.

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Publication: ArticleDate: 20 April, 2016

Internationally there is big excitement regarding the leak of the Panama Papers, for obvious reasons. What a lot of people lose sight of is the fact that it was a law firm whose confidential, private and privileged client data was compromised.

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Publication: Times Live, Written by Azizzar MosupiDate: 04 April, 2016

Cyber-bullying is fast becoming a bigger problem for young adults than drug abuse, with 20% of teenagers victimised and 51% of adolescents saying it is more vicious than face-to-face bullying. This is according to the Vodafone global survey of teen cyber-bullying, released in September last year. It was done in 11 countries: the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Greece, South Africa, the US, Ireland and the Czech Republic.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 21 February, 2016

Fitness trackers pose a privacy risk to the millions of people using them, an international study has claimed. A study by Open Effect, a nonprofit research group that focuses on digital privacy and security, and the University of Toronto recently found that fitness smart trackers can leak data via Bluetooth, even after they have been turned off.

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Publication: Daily NationDate: 26 November, 2015

A COMPUTER forensic analyst hired by Zambia Police to analyze data on laptops and other electronic gadgets seized from three Bulgarians accused of stealing K945, 000 from automated teller machines (ATMs) in Zambia, told the court that the suspects used foreign ATM gadgets to capture magnetic card details.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 6 November, 2015

An investigation by The Times has found that Rica - the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act - is being flouted. Thousands of cellphone sim cards registered fraudulently in terms of Rica are on street corners and in phone shops across the country. For as little R6, and without proof of identity or residence, The Times was able to buy MTN, Vodacom and Cell C sim cards that had already been Rica-registered from a Johannesburg street trader.

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Publication: Deep Dot WebDate: 21 October, 2015

According to current metrics published by Tor, the daily dark web users in South Africa has increased to 8000 users per day. This involves activities such as purchasing drugs from darknet markets, visiting child porn sites, carding forums, and so on.

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Publication: IOLDate: 17 October, 2015

The Dark Web – a vast anonymous network hidden from normal web users - is thriving in South Africa, with about 8 000 people a day visiting it to do anything from downloading child porn to buying drugs, guns and fake passports… or even to arrange murder.

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Publication: Insurance TimesDate: 12 October, 2015

Businesses must prepare for a new generation of cyber risks that are fast evolving, and moving beyond the established threats of data breaches, privacy issues and reputational damage, to operational damage, business interruption and even potentially catastrophic losses.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 25 September, 2015

Millions of people using the global infidelity website had their personal information stolen by hackers who published the details last month on the dark web. Now, adding insult to injury, customers whose data was stolen are being held to ransom.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 20 August, 2015

On Tuesday, a group of hackers calling themselves the Impact Team dumped 9.7gigabytes of data on the Dark Web, which is accessible only through the Tor browser. These files include the account details and log-ons of some 32million users of Ashley Madison worldwide. Names, street addresses, credit card details and even biographies that include sexual preferences are included.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 30 July, 2015

Millions of smartphones could be at risk because of a flaw in Stagefright, a module in the Android operating system that enables phones and tablets to display movies and other media. The fear is that a video could be used to deliver a malicious program that, once processed by Stagefright, would allow an attacker full access to your device.

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Publication: IT WebDate: 29 May, 2015

While digital forensics is becoming increasingly prominent in handling security and company policy breaches, it demands strict legal compliance, said Danny Myburgh, Cyanre MD, at ITWeb Security Summit 2015, in Midrand.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 27 May, 2015

This country is the 14th-most popular target for cyber criminals but few South Africans appreciate the risks they are facing. Vodacom's chief technology security officer, Vernon Fryer, said South Africa was hit by its first cellphone "ransomware" attack last month.

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Publication: ExecSecurityDate: 16 May, 2015

Industrial espionage is at an all-time high in South Africa, with an increase in requests for debugging services coming from gaming firms, research and development companies and those tendering for multimillion-rand contracts.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 15 May, 2015

Industrial espionage is at an all-time high in South Africa, with an increase in requests for debugging services coming from gaming firms, research and development companies and those tendering for multimillion-rand contracts.

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Publication: IT WebDate: 7 May, 2015

The digital forensics industry in SA was a bit of a late starter, only really kicking off in the late nineties, but the country has seen a significant surge in this field over the last 18 months – both in the private and law enforcement environments.

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Publication: Memeburn.comDate: 16 March, 2015

According to a recent survey by consumer insights company Pondering Panda, the increased use of mobile devices has contributed to the prevalence of bullying amongst school children. According to reports, a shocking 50% of all SA students admit to being a victim of bullying, at some point during their schooling. Cyber bullying, in particular, can have serious consequences for the well-being of your child and is becoming increasingly prevalent.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 25 February, 2015

Neither the UK, Israeli, Iranian nor North Korean governments would comment yesterday amid the fallout from the country's State Security Agency's breach. The South African Intelligence Ministry yesterday also remained mum on the leaks. Brian Dube, Intelligence minster spokesman, said it would comment today.

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Publication: All 4 WomenDate: 14 May, 2015

One of the main reasons why people are drawn to social media sites is to make new friends, right? When last have you had your cyberspace friends over for dinner, when last did you see them physically and do you know who they really are?

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Publication: AljazeeraDate: 24 February, 2015

South African government and security agencies have left secrets exposed at every level and foreign spies have access to all areas of government, according to Intelligence documents obtained by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 25 February, 2015

Secret documents obtained by UAE news network Al Jazeera from the South African State Security Agency and released last night reveal that Dlamini-Zuma allegedly faced "an imminent threat" to her life days after she took office in October 2012.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 25 February, 2015

Neither the UK, Israeli, Iranian nor North Korean governments would comment yesterday amid the fallout from the country's State Security Agency's breach. The South African Intelligence Ministry yesterday also remained mum on the leaks.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 10/16/2014

Scandals such as the recent hacking and posting of Hollywood stars' nude selfies, and the Twitter debacle involving Pretoria schoolboys, are going to get a lot worse, says cyber forensic expert Danny Myburgh.

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Publication: SAPSDate: 10/15/2014

Danny Myburgh is the Managing Director of Cyanre, the Computer Forensics Lab. Myburgh established the South African Police Service’s National Computer Crime Investigation Unit and held the position of Commander from 2000 till 2002 at the rank of Superintended. Myburgh was responsible for establishing and managing the Computer Forensic capacity of a large Auditing fi rm in SA, and was the Chairman of the Interpol African Working Party on Cyber-crime from 2000 to 2005.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 07/31/2014

The theft of Interpol computers possibly linked to the SA Police Service central system has exposed the government's "extreme vulnerability" to cyber criminals. If the data on the computers lands in the wrong hands it could potentially destroy investigations into international crime syndicates, experts said yesterday.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 05/21/2014

The arrests of 11 Nigerian men and a South African woman - who appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court yesterday - were among 20 made in raids across the world on Tuesday. As police raided flats in Sunnyside, other syndicate members were seized across the US and in Canada. The two-year investigation began after agents from US Homeland Security Investigations were tipped off by a Mississippi woman about a suspicious parcel she had received from Pretoria.

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Publication: Legal BriefDate: 03/05/2014

With the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial now under way in the North Gauteng High Court, it is becoming increasingly evident that smartphone evidence will play a key role in a case that is attracting global attention. Legalbrief reports that while the Paralympian was entering his pleas in Pretoria, a team of top South African detectives were half a world away at Apple's headquarters in California attempting to unlock the secrets in the encrypted content stored on the 27-year-old athlete's devices.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 03/02/2014

Just after 10am tomorrow, Oscar Pistorius will enter the dock to start the most important race of his life - charged with the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. But this time it will be a marathon rather than a sprint as the decorated Paralympian athlete faces Judge Thokozile Masipa in courtroom GD in the High Court in Pretoria. The trial will be a high-stakes contest for the prosecution and defence, unfolding in the glare of an international media frenzy.

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Publication: DSTVDate: 03/19/2013

Cellular technology has become a significant factor in the Oscar Pistorius Trial. We take a look at several important factors that have been raised in court. Watch exclusive documentaries on DStv Channel 199.

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Publication: DSTVDate: 03/19/2013

David O’Sullivan speaks to Computer Forensics Laboratory MD, Danny Myburgh about the evidence given by the police cyber experts on Day 13 of the Oscar Pistorius Trial. Catch David O’Sullivan during the Round Table Debate daily on DStv Channel 199.

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Publication: SABC Digital NewsDate: 11/10/2013

SABC News talks mobile security software with Cyanre Managing Director - Danny Myburgh

Publication: SABC Digital NewsDate: 11/10/2013

SABC News talks mobile security software with Cyanre Managing Director - Danny Myburgh

Publication: Times LiveDate: 01/05/2014

A Durban man wants police to find the "sicko" behind a BlackBerry Messenger broadcast that named him as a demonic serial killer targeting women in Phoenix. Ridhwaan Carawan laid a charge of crimen injuria after his life became "hell" following the distribution of the message on BBM and the social networks Facebook and Twitter. Carawan, who has received death threats online, had to explain himself to his bosses and was even grilled by police following the hoax message.

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Publication: Legal Brief TodayDate: 03/05/2014

With the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial now under way in the North Gauteng High Court, it is becoming increasingly evident that smartphone evidence will play a key role in a case that is attracting global attention. Legalbrief reports that while the Paralympian was entering his pleas in Pretoria, a team of top South African detectives were half a world away at Apple's headquarters in California attempting to unlock the secrets in the encrypted content stored on the 27-year-old athlete's devices.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 03/02/2014

But this time it will be a marathon rather than a sprint as the decorated Paralympian athlete faces Judge Thokozile Masipa in courtroom GD in the High Court in Pretoria. The trial will be a high-stakes contest for the prosecution and defence, unfolding in the glare of an international media frenzy. This week, it emerged that some among the list of 107 state witnesses, including police officers, have complained of harassment.

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Publication: DestinyManDate: 11/21/2013

Danny Myburgh, a forensic expert and MD of IT forensics firm Cyanre, says an overwhelming majority of local cyber crime cases are committed by those business owners trust most – their employees. “We’ve found that in South Africa, we’ve always had the problem that cyber crime is being perpetrated by internal employees. 70% of cases involve internal personnel illegally accessing information or stealing data for the purpose of selling it on or using it to start their own business,” he says.

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Publication: TechnoMagDate: 06/28/2013

Mobile phone spying is increasing rapidly in South Africa, aided by new applications, computer forensic experts have told Times Live. In a report entitled “I spy with my little app”, Times Live quotes experts as saying their caseload has doubled over the course of the last six months. Mobile phone spying or hacking is a contravention of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and provisions of communication-related Information Act (RICA), which comes with a sentence of 10 years in prison or a ZAR2 million (US$199,000) fine.

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Publication: SkillsPortalDate: 04/16/2013

New legislation and compliance guidelines focus on IT security as a critical governance, risk and compliance issue. And it falls to HR to help mitigate the risks. Information security has become a global battlefield, with attackers becoming increasingly sophisticated. Cyber crime is one of the fastest-growing areas of crime today, and the most common target is enterprise information. Staying ahead of potential attacks and mitigating the risks is now as much the responsibility of business management as it is of the IT department. And business management must ensure that all staff are trained and aware of the potential information security risks, making information security partly the responsibility of HR and training executives.

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Publication: KykNet DagbreekDate: 11/16/2013

Dagbreek: Gesels - Spioenasie "apps" op selfone met Cyanre Bestuurende Direkteur - Danny Myburgh

Publication: Times LiveDate: 07/16/2013

The latest 419 scam targets paranoia about crime. A victim receives an SMS, ostensibly from a "hit man" who has been hired by the recipient's enemies. The hit man claims to know where the person lives, works and shops. He vows to kill the recipient of the message unless he or she buys him off.

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Publication: HTXT.AfricaDate: 07/12/2013

South African banks – ABSA, in particular – have taken a beating in the press over the last few months. At the centre of the most recent outrage was the SIM swapping scam, where customers were having their accounts drained – some to the tune of hundreds of thousands. The epidemic seemed unstoppable, with no clear answers from the two parties involved, ABSA and MTN, about what the cause was.

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Publication: Times LiveDate: 07/04/2013

When he confronted her with incriminating information, the woman discovered that her husband had downloaded an app that made it possible for him to spy on her through her cellphone. He was able to look at her SMSes, e-mails and instant-chat feed, and listen to her phone conversations.

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Publication: HuisgenootDate: 05/30/2013

Talle verbruikers het onlangs vertel hoe hulle aanlyn beroof is. Dis net een aspek van die kubermisdaadprobleem, sê Danny Myburgh van Cyanre.

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Publication: SABCDate: 05/28/2013

South African Facebook profiles are being cloned and used to solicit money, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Computer forensics expert Bennie Labuschagne, told the newspaper that scammers used programs designed to "deep mine" online accounts and bypass security features.

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Publication: All AfricaDate: 03/28/2012

Recent high-profile hacks and security breaches are highlighting an urgent need to revisit the way information security is managed. Following a series of high-profile breaches, major information security vendors are conceding that there is little to stop a determined cyber criminal from breaching security and wreaking havoc; therefore IT security needs a rethink. This will be the theme of the annual ITWeb IT Security Summit to be staged at the Sandton Convention Centre from 15 to 17 May this year.

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Publication: IT WebDate: 03/12/2013

Unsecured mobile devices, and a lack of control over how they access company information, is a growing problem, warns Bennie Labuschagne, Director of Cyber Forensics at Cyanre, the Computer Forensic Lab. Labuschagne says companies may go to great lengths to secure their networks, but once they allow unmanaged mobile access to these networks, existing security is rendered pointless. “Besides the growing threat of spyware on mobile devices, the fact is that staff themselves can use their mobile devices to access and move any information they like from behind the company firewalls and into the cloud” Labuschagne says.

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Publication: IT Web iWeekDate: 11/22/2012

The FBI ranks South Africa in sixth place out of the top 10 cyber crime perpetrators. The country is seen as a stepping stone for criminals moving between Africa and the world. This is according to Danny Myburgh, MD of Cyanre, who was speaking at the ITWeb/Ideco IDentity Indaba. Myburgh identified internal and external threats to an organisation as he took delegates into the world of IT-based forensic investigation. Trends reveal the rate of cyber crime is growing substantially, and attacks are becoming more sophisticated and targeted. Mark Eardley, channel manager at SuperVision Biometric System, pointed out that cyber villains tend to be employees, although they may include foreign intelligence services and large organised crime networks.

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Publication: IT WebDate: 10/06/2011

Local companies are losing millions of rands to fraud, reputational damage and compromised data coming from inside their organisations. This is according to Danny Myburgh, MD of IT forensics firm Cyanre, who will speak at the upcoming ITWeb/Ideco IDentity Indaba on 1 November. Myburgh, who has investigated scores of high-profile cases, says up to 70% of the cases he now investigates relate to employees. These include fraud, theft and misuse of company data, as well as reputational damage caused by disgruntled employees.

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Publication: IT WebDate: 09/14/2011

In the business world, reputation is everything. All the money companies pour into marketing campaigns and CRM systems can be undone with a single bad word from a friend, fiend – or a complete stranger. The Internet's reach means word-of-mouth can quickly spread across continents, damaging both corporate and personal brands in the time it takes to click 'send'. While increased openness can alert companies to problems and provide insight into what customers really think, it also has a downside; how do businesses protect themselves when slander comes from an untraceable e-mail account somewhere in cyber space?

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Publication: IOL SportDate: 07/30/2011

Months of wrangling and fevered expectation are to come to an end in a convention centre close to OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday. And, after Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses the board of Cricket South Africa on Saturday morning, one man’s career will be over. Cricket South Africa’s president Mtutuzeli Nyoka stands almost certain of facing a vote of no confidence from his board if auditor firm KPMG’s forensic investigation finds no evidence that Nyoka’s chief executive Gerald Majola fiddled tens of millions from Cricket South Africa – as Nyoka has claimed. Cricket SA’s board of directors will get their first official view of the highly anticipated forensic audit report at a special meeting this morning, but sources within CSA say.

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Publication: Zimbabwe BroadcastingDate: 06/13/2011

The local business community has called upon policy makers to move with speed in enacting regulations which deal with cybercrime given the growing cases of cyber attacks in the region. With most countries in the region having responded to cybercrime, government has been urged to speed the crafting and enactment of regulations which deal with cyber attacks given its threat. A delegate at the on-going Forensic Conference being held in the capital, Mr. Danny Myburgh emphasised the need for the country to complement efforts by regional counterparts in combating hi-tech crime through enacting regulations which criminalises such attacks.

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Publication: Tech 4 LawDate: 05/23/2011

A computer specialist on Friday gave weight to evidence in the Schabir Shaik fraud trial that the notorious fax detailing the alleged bribe agreement between Deputy President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thomson-CSF is genuine. With the aid of detailed reports and diagrams on an overhead projector, Bennie Labuschagne presented evidence to the Durban High Court supporting secretary Susan Delique's claim that she typed and faxed the letter to Thomson-CSF's head office in Paris, under the instructions of her boss, Alain Thetard. Delique told the court that Thetard, who was the director of Thomson-CSF in South Africa, gave her the letter to send as a encrypted fax.

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Publication: African CrisisDate: 03/14/2010

The Hawks have cracked a slick Cape Town-based crime syndicate that allegedly scammed the taxman and banks out of hundreds of millions of rands in a complex kite-flying scam. Top independent fraud investigators yesterday said this was one of the biggest fraud cases to ever reach the courts. On Friday, top businessman Deon Barnard, 46, from Welgemoed, appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court and was released on R250 000 bail with strict conditions. Barnard owns one of the city's biggest liquor distribution warehouses and is well known in the industry. He supplies alcohol to a range of bottle stores in South Africa and in Mauritius.

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Publication: CondynDate: 06/12/2008

Independent information security solutions distribution company, Condyn, recently held its first, highly successful Security Conference in Sun City. A variety of security-related topics covering the entire spectrum of concerns were covered by Condyn and its international partners, such as Lumension, a global security management company providing unified protection and control of all enterprise endpoints, applications and devices, global provider of network intrusion prevention systems (IPS), Top Layer Security, supplier of messaging security appliances and software, Proofpoint, provider of forensic grade e-mail archiving technology, Forensic and Compliance Systems, developer of high-performance IT/IP security technology Clavister, Fast Access Facial Recognition, from Sensible Vision, the new shape of computer security and access control, and Check Point Software.

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