Information Technology (IT) Security Network, Data and Cyber / Internet Security comprises the full range of activities undertaken to secure IT and data from unauthorized access and other cyber security threats, to maintain awareness of cyber threats, to detect anomalies and incidents adversely affecting InfoTech and network data, and to mitigate the impact of, respond to, and recover from security incidents.

We are an IT Service Management (ITSM) Company that provide Cyber / Internet Security, Network Security and Data Security with secure assessments of corporate network vulnerabilities & controlled penetration testing (pentest) through social engineering & exploits. We offer the most comprehensive range of  IT Security Services, products and solutions to companies and industries in Helderberg and Cape Town, South Africa (ZA) to suit your exact requirements.

IT Security, Managed Services, Website Security, IT Support and Hosting
IT Security, Managed Services, Website Security, IT Support and Hosting

Our team of professional InfoSecurity consultants and engineers will provide you with the most accurate information and offer solutions based on the latest technology available on the market today. Because we are not bound or limited to specific vendors or applications, our methodology provides flexible and cost effective infosecurity solutions for every market. From SMME's to Enterprise's, we allow for every business to host a secure infrastructure.

Vulnerability Scanning and Penetration Testing (VAPT) often require multiple solutions and we continuously update our methodology to cater for your exact requirements and budget.

Our Internet Security Engineers and Consultants keep up to date with the latest network and data security threats, vulnerabilities and exploits and match them with your assets on a daily basis to reduce the possibility of a zero day exploit.

Our Key Goals for your Company

      • Secure Email
      • Secure Websites
      • Secure Networks
      • Secure Data
      • Secure Databases
      • Secure Cloud Solutions
      • Employee Awareness
      • Secure Applications
      • Confidentiality
      • Information Availability
      • Data Integrity
IT Security, Managed Services, Website Security, IT Support and Hosting

Managed Services

      • Infrastructure Management and Support
      • Information (IT) Security (VAPT)
      • Business Application Deployment
      • Vendor and Supplier Management
      • Data Management and Security
      • Website Security
      • Tech Support
      • Vulnerability Assessments
      • Penetration Testing
      • Data Backups
      • Data Recovery
      • Disaster Recovery
      • Network Installations
      • Hardware and Software Sales
      • Cloud Solutions and Services Management
      • Cloud Application Deployment
      • Secure Web Hosting and Management
      • IT Inventory Control
      • User Management
      • VPN Management
      • Remote IT Support
      • Hardware and Software Resources
          • Firewalls
          • Unified Threat Management (UTM)
          • Hardware Security Modules (HSM)
          • Antivirus and Malware
          • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
          • Regulation and Policy Compliance
          • Monitoring and Reporting
          • Web Application Security
          • Network Security Appliances and Services
          • Vulnerability Management
          • Business Continuity
          • Risk Management and Data Protection

Dedicated Service Areas

Western Cape, South Africa (ZA)

Cape Town  |  Somerset West  |  Stellenbosch  |  Strand  |  Gordon's Bay  |  Paarl

Benefit from Managed IT Services, IT Security, IT Support, Web Security, Secure Web Hosting and Infrastructure Management from Cyber Watchdogs, South Africa (ZA).

Computer security, cyber / internet security or information technology security is the protection of computer systems from theft or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

The field is growing in importance due to increasing reliance on computer systems, the Internet and wireless networks such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and due to the growth of "smart" devices, including smartphones, televisions and the various tiny devices that constitute the Internet of things. Due to its complexity, both in terms of politics and technology, it is also one of the major challenges of the contemporary world.

6 Ways to Prevent Cyber / Internet Security Breaches

It is becoming commonplace to hear of big Information Security breaches. Consumers wonder how this keeps happening. It would seem like every company should be taking their data security very seriously. After all, a data breach typically costs millions of rands and forever damage the company’s reputation.

So how can you stop this from happening to your company? Is anyone really safe nowadays? Below, we discuss six solidly proven ways to prevent cyber / internet security breaches from occurring at your company.

1. Limit and securely control access to your most valuable data.

In the old days, every employee had access to all the files on their computer. These days, companies are learning the hard way, to limit access to their more critical data. After all, there’s no reason for a mailroom employee to view customer financial information. When you limit who is allowed to view certain documents, you narrow the pool of employees who might accidentally click on a harmful link. As corporations move into the future, expect to see all records partitioned off so that only those who specifically need access will have it. This is one of those common-sense solutions that companies probably should have been doing all along.

2. Third-party vendors must comply.

Every company does business with a wide array of third-party vendors. It’s more important than ever to know who these people are. Companies can even open themselves up to lawsuits by allowing strangers to enter their premises. What if the guy who delivers office supplies just got out of prison? It’s something to think about. In addition, be sure to limit the types of documents these vendors can view.

Though precautions like this can be a hassle for the IT department, the alternative could be a multi-million-rand data breach.  For those companies that are allowed to view your important data, demand transparency. Make sure they are complying with privacy laws; don’t just assume. Ask for background checks for third-party vendors who must enter your company on a regular basis. CEO’s need to get tougher on security if they really want to instigate change.

3. Conduct employee security awareness training.

According to recent surveys, employees are the weakest link in the data security chain. In spite of training, employees open suspicious emails every day that have the potential to download viruses. One mistake that employers make is thinking that one training class about cyber / internet security is enough. If you’re serious about safeguarding your important data, schedule regular classes each quarter or even monthly.

Believe it or not, employees have been known to leave those classes, return to their desks and open suspicious emails without even thinking twice. Marketing studies show that most people need to hear the same message at least seven times before it begins to change their behavior.

4. Update software regularly.

Security Professionals recommend keeping all application software and operating systems updated regularly. Install patches whenever available. Your unsecure network is vulnerable when programs and applications aren’t patched and updated regularly. Microsoft now has a product called Baseline Security Analyzer that can regularly check to ensure all programs are patched and up to date. This is a fairly easy and cost-effective way to strengthen your network and stop security attacks before they happen.

5. Develop a cyber security breach response plan.

Developing a comprehensive breach preparedness plan enables both the employees and the employer to understand the potential damages that could occur. An employer should be very transparent concerning the scope of the security breach; employees want to know the truth. A good response plan can limit lost productivity and prevent negative publicity. Employees feel angry when they find out that the company they work for had a data breach six months ago and told no one told them about it.

Your response plan should begin with an evaluation of exactly what was lost and when. Find out who is responsible whenever possible. By taking swift, decisive action, you can limit damages and restore public and employee trust.

6. Difficult to decipher passwords

In the past, businesses rarely got involved with how often employees had to change their passwords. Recent cyber / internet security breaches have changed all that. When IT Security experts come to your company to educate your employees, one thing they will stress is the need to regularly change all passwords with secure algorithms. Most of the public has discovered the importance of making passwords difficult to decipher. Even on our home computers, we’ve learned to use upper case letters, numbers and special characters when formulating passwords. Make it as difficult as possible for thieves to break in and steal your stuff.

Cyber Security, Managed Services, Website Security, IT Security and Secure Web Hosting

NIST Security Framework

  • Identify – know your environment and proactively search for weak links attackers might target. Such links can include unpatched apps, weak user passwords, misconfigured machines, carelessly used admin accounts, and others.
  • Protect – security technologies that automatically block attempted the malicious activity. The prominent examples here are AV and firewalls. However, while these cannot efficiently confront the more advanced threats, one should always assume that a certain portion of active attacks will bypass them.
  • Detect – security technologies that address the attacks that successfully evaded prevention and are alive within the targeted environment, ideally, as earlier as possible in the attack lifecycle.
  • Respond – security technology that takes charge from the point an active attack was detected and validated and consists of enabling defenders to understand the attack's scope and impact as well as to eliminate malicious presence from all parts of the environment.
  • Recover – restore all compromised entities as close as possible to their pre-attack stage. Achieving this has much to do with proactive steps such as having backups and implementing disaster recovery workflows in the context of cyber attacks.