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The online world can be a dangerous place

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication.

Cyber crime is escalating and it’s prudent to know what is happening out there. Fortunately, lots of clever people at security-smart companies are researching and publishing the information we need to understand the evolving risks. Here are a couple reports worth reading.

Cybersecurity workforce

Cybersecurity workforce gap to hit 1.8 million by 2022

An article on the escalating skills shortage in cyber security related jobs and how 70% of organizations plan to expand their security teams this year. Which means significant competition for qualified personnel. An interesting stat – 87% of cybersecurity workers globally did not start in cybersecurity, so maybe stop looking for previous experience and start looking for the right kind of thinking.

Threat Report

2016 Threat Landscape Report

Fortinet estimates cybercrime to cost over USD3 trillion annually across the globe. Q4 2016 saw the largest data breach and the largest DDoS attack in history. For a really scary summary of the threat landscape, get a cup of coffee, or a stiff drink if you are so inclined and read page 4. If you don’t want to download the full report, there’s a great blog post here.

  • Publisher: Fortinet
  • Access: Public and register for all other research reports
  • Download: 4.2 Mb
Security Trends 2017

Trends 2017: Security Held Ransom trends paper

IT security company ESET is predicting an uptick in ransomware attacks, dedicated denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks and attacks against Internet of Things (IoT) devices. They also believes that security education is a social responsibility in the digital age and needs to take place across all sectors of society – from primary through tertiary education, on a governmental level and throughout the private sector.

  • Publisher: ESET
  • Access: public
  • Download: 2 Mb

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Alison Treadaway

Alison Treadaway

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Alison Treadaway is the ​Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Striata. She joined Striata in 2002 and served as managing director of the African region for 13 years. Prior to this, her experience in Internet-related solutions included marketing and sales positions at Internet Solutions and Dimension Data. Her professional certifications and licenses include a Bachelor of Arts (English, German, WITS) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration (WITS Business School).

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