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TECHNOLOGY Photographer: Please advise on technology solutions for seamless remote working and discuss the latest trends remote technology. Foursight is preparing for a radical The world as we know it has changed, and so have businesses worldwide. Users a round the globe are working remotely and using their mobile phones change in expectations and laptops to access corporate applications. when How do you it define success? Securing the new 'work from anywhere' hybrid environment is a leading priority and for a good comes _________ reason – organisations’ attack surfaces have never to digital technologies JOHANNAH MASILO PHENYA Position: Managing Director possible. Foursight uses solutions that protect devices and Internet connections from the most sophisticated attacks while ensuring zero-trust access to corporate applications. been wider. According to our recent survey, 71% of security professionals reported an increase in security threats and attacks since the start of the coronavirus outbreaks. This new way of working The founder of Foursight IT Business Solutions, Johannah and to be able Masilo to deliver best Phenya, solutions to led us to a new way of innovating and collaborating government departments. explains how data has become with leading technology a source security of manufactures wealth such and public value. as Checkpoint, IP Granite, Sophos and Fortinet. A main concern for companies, in terms of remote working, is security. What advice do you have for business owners? Watching how cyber-attacks have evolved in recent years, companies need solutions that will assist them to administer such threats. Our solution is PROFILE: JOHANNAH PHENYA Professional best achievement? To be the only woman-owned company in the consortium for rolling out fibre in Limpopo. What was the most powerful lesson on your path to success? Be your best, setting boundaries and focusing on one pitch at a time. To be able to do my best, I attain success once I achieve my goals. Success means achieving a challenging goal. What has been your most defining opportunity? Being a female in the IT security industry Biggest influence in career? My family. Do you agree with the statement that a government’s intervention in the digital space must be proportional to their technological capability? Yes. Data has become a source of wealth and public value, the lifeline of the digital society. Today, fast-moving and evolving trends in digital technologies are leading to a radical change in the citizen expectation. Please share with us why collaboration across the value chain is the critical catalyst for improved service delivery. Technology is wide and vast. The IT space is not static and is forever evolving. It is important to be abreast of the latest trends as it affects how we live, work and play. New systems, platforms and applications are developed almost daily. These changes influence business in terms of how it should conduct its work and interface with its clientele. To be abreast of technology and to deliver cutting-edge solutions, requires good and strong sector partnerships. What can Foursight IT Business Solutions do for government? Government is tasked with implementing policies and programmes that are geared towards creating a better life for all. This statement is a major driving force towards the creation and existence of Foursight IT Business Solutions. Foursight has the best breed of technological infrastructure and cutting-edge business systems, which supports government's delivery endeavours, and it has grown over time. Foursight IT Business Solutions, a woman-owned empowered company, is built on a set of beliefs and strong vision, derived from the creation of value net. It is based on interdependencies between Foursight, as a business entity, as well as manufacturers and government as a consumer of goods and services, and ultimately, the broader communities as overall beneficiaries. Please discuss the effect of the POPI Act regarding remote working. Many companies endeavour to comply with the POPI Act; however, in the remote working environment, employees are responsible for ensuring that they do not violate any of the provisions stipulated in the current company policies that set expected behaviour for information protection and security. Employees are responsible for the safe and secure handling of all hard-copy records and information taken off-site, including but not limited to electronic files. 52 | www.opportunityonline.co.za

TECHNOLOGY How should laptops, computers and wireless technology be protected in a remote working scenario? Foursight has a vast range of IT security solutions for mobile and desktop solutions, enforcing encryption and the use of secure enclaves, if possible. Foursight uses solutions that protect devices and Internet connections from the most sophisticated attacks while ensuring zero-trust access to corporate applications. Please advise on technology solutions for seamless remote working and discuss the latest trends in remote technology. The world as we know it has changed, and so have businesses worldwide. Users around the globe are working remotely and using their mobile phones and laptops to access corporate applications. Securing the new "work from anywhere" hybrid environment is a leading priority and for good reason – organisations’ attack surfaces have never been wider. According to our recent survey, 71% of security professionals reported an increase in security threats and attacks since the start of the coronavirus outbreaks. This new way of working led us to a new way of innovating and collaborating with leading technology security manufactures such as Checkpoint, IP Granite, Sophos and Fortinet. model that provides enterprises the complete threat prevention they need against Gen V attacks. Infinity Total Protection is the only offering available today that includes both network security hardware and software, with fully integrated endpoint, cloud and mobile protections and zero-day threat prevention, together with unified management and 24/7 support. What are the next opportunities and challenges for Foursight IT? The biggest challenge is that IT is still one of the most maledominated industries; however, women are pushing the barriers and occupying the space now, in terms of economic development and emancipation. Opportunities should not be based mainly on gender, but the playing field should be levelled so that everyone with potential can be given an opportunity to engage and contribute to the economy and development of the country. www.foursightit.co.za A main concern for companies, in terms of remote working, is security. What advice do you have for business owners? Watching how cyber-attacks have evolved in recent years, companies need solutions that will assist them to administer such threats. Our solution is a revolutionary security consumption PROFILE: JOHANNAH PHENYA Johannah Masilo Phenya started her career as an office administrator at HR Collaborate after graduating. She moved to Pinnacle Africa as IT sales executive in 2003. She started Foursight IT Business Solutions in 2006. Professional best achievement? To be the only woman-owned company in the consortium for rolling out fibre in Limpopo. What was the most powerful lesson on your path to success? Be your best, setting boundaries and focusing on one pitch at a time. How do you define success? To be able to do my best, I attain success once I achieve my goals. Success means achieving a challenging goal. What has been your most defining opportunity? Being a female in the IT security industry and to be able to deliver best solutions to government departments. Biggest influence in career? My family. Johannah Masilo Phenya, Managing Director of Foursight IT Business Solutions

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