Biztec introduces LucidView’s big cyber safety device
The South African business communications solutions provider, Biztec, has introduced the LucidView Enforcer for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to tackle cyber security.
The device provides safe Internet connectivity by operating as a firewall and a content filter for incoming and outgoing connections.
“Sitting between the user and the network, once the Enforcer is installed, all harmful or suspicious connections are identified and rapidly terminated, resulting in company-wide clean Internet access with the added bonus of traffic prioritisation and sharing capabilities with FairShare,” stated Andrew Wilson, LucidView’s CEO.
With the rise of mobile connectivity across the continent, more work operations are executed online.
This places small businesses at risk, as the majority of SMEs have less cyber security than large compnies.
“Cyber criminals have cottoned on to the fact that small businesses are softer targets,” noted Peter McLoughlin, Owner of Biztec.
“In my experience - and I’m not talking about the corporate market at all here because I know they have firewalls – I would safely estimate that at least 70% of small businesses out there have no form of network security or cyber protection measures in place.”
“This is because bigger enterprises can budget R30 000.00 plus for firewall security while smaller businesses generally can’t.”
“It’s also because small business owners have this misconception that it will never happen to them, as they feel they’re too small a target, but this is simply not the case.”
Just under nine million cybercrimes were reported in South Africa last year, according to the internet security firm, Norton.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”