Crusade to stem e-crime

ZIMBABWEAN companies need to invest in security if they are to avoid the risk of e-crime, a senior manager with international technology security firm, McAfee has said.


Mike Hynard, Africa’s channel manager for McAfee, arri

ved in Zimbabwe this week for an ICT and Network Security Conference scheduled for today.


Hynard told businessdigest that while most companies were investing in information technology, they were neglecting the security risks that come with it.


“Companies have to realise that the risk posed to their businesses because of an insecure IT system is real,” Hynard said.


He said while many firms had made strides to move with the global trends in the IT world, most of them had not complied with the international security standards.


“The result is that companies will lose data, their systems would be hacked leading to increased fraud,” he said.


Hynard said the conference organised by McAfee together with their local partner e-security, was meant to educate the corporate world about the importance of IT security.


“Companies have to be fully educated about the importance of an IT system that is secured.”


Tafadzwa Muguti, chief executive of e-Security, said the conference was targeted at corporates but the knowledge would trickle down to their customers.


“We have realised that companies are not complying with the international standards. That is why we have organised the conference so we can discuss these issues and put them on the spotlight,” said Muguti. — Staff Writer.