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Cybersecurity took prominence as a topic during August. Networks Unlimited Africa and SentinelOne have partnered to bring SentinelOne’s endpoint security to managed security service providers (MSSPs). First of its kind in Africa, it aims to help small businesses to become established in the cybersecurity field by providing affordability and support as their main goals. Global anti-virus giant Kaspersky has also made an entry in the West African region through First Distribution, a leading Pan-African cybersecuirty distributor. Further south GlueVP, Africa’s first virtual and collaboration platform, has been launched in South Africa. This platform intends to assist all stakeholders in combating cyber threats in our virtual world and includes features such as video sharing and public/private chat rooms with secured end-to-end encryption.
Source: The Hague, 2016
*Spam was excluded due to the overwhelming number of incidents, totaling over 1 billion in 2016 alone. The same approach was applied in reverse to Servers and Phishing attacks given the more limited number of incidents.
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Mozambique’s Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) offshore field development continues to attract investment even with the current terrorist threat in the north of the country. The African Export-Import Bank has agreed to fund up to US$400 million in guarantees and direct lending to the project to go towards project development and onshore gas extraction. In parallel with this a slew of U.S. companies supported by the U.S. Export-Import (EXIM) Bank, have agreed to supply equipment and services, while the bank itself has offered a US$4.7 billion loan for the project’s development. With a spike in terror attacks French oil giant Total and the Mozambican government have signed a security pact to protect the project.
The Cabo Delgado Province, Northern Mozambique. Following the discovery of sizeable natural gas deposits, investments have continued to flow into developing Mozambique’s gas reserves despite the spike in terrorist insurgency in the province. Source: VOA/WikiCommons
New innovations have been introduced to boost Kenya and South Africa’s dairy industries. Savanna Circuit Tech, a manufacturing and last mile distribution Kenyan company, has developed a Dairy Management System which will use Artificial Intelligence along with other technologies to guarantee dairy farmers fresh produce. In South Africa, Zoetis, the world’s largest producer of medicine and vaccinations for livestock, have launched Clarifide Plus. A genomic test for cattle, Clarifide Plus identifies which cattle may be more/less susceptible to certain diseases while simultaneously identifying cattle with high potential for milk production and reproduction.
Source: FAO, 2019
With the ever-increasing emphasis on digital connectivity, a number of partnerships were announced in August. Spacecom and Gilat Telecom have partnered with an aim to develop faster, more reliable and more cost-effective satellite services across the continent that can be used for home/office connectivity. African multinationals and internet service providers alike will benefit from this service through reduced operational costs and smart traffic management. Concurrently, Azercosmos has established a collaboration with iSAT Africa on the continent aimed at meeting the growing demands for telecommunications across Africa.
The EUTELSAT service partnership announced in August will result in the AMOS and Azerspace-2 satellites joining an ever-increasing number of others already providing upgraded connectivity across Africa. Source: EUTELSAT/Flickr
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