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Post COVID challenges: On the ground experiences

Thursday, December 15th, 2022 - 12:12 pm - Amber Viviers

When COVID-19 struck, the various teams working on the ground to ensure that Stellenbosch University (SU) runs seamlessly on all technological fronts suddenly faced enormous challenges. Almost overnight, the technological needs in all sectors of the university – from System Administration to IT services, Student Support, and End User Support – had to shift to […]

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SU takes great leap forward into cloud era

Monday, October 24th, 2022 - 11:11 am - Amber Viviers

Stellenbosch University is currently in the process of taking a “great leap forward” into the “cloud” era, which will see the new finance and student systems, SUNFin and SUNStudent, operating in the cloud. This is not only going to make all the difference to security against cyber threats but will also make the university’s systems […]

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Risks of cybersecurity have become massive in higher education sector globally

Monday, October 24th, 2022 - 11:10 am - Amber Viviers

Universities around the world are facing ever increasing cybersecurity risks, particularly in the post-pandemic world – and Stellenbosch University is not immune to these threats. Even before Covid-19 struck, higher education institutions were already gathering vast amounts of data from students and staff – and now, with more hybrid and remote offerings, requiring even more […]

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Habits to adopt to ensure safety against cyber-attacks

Monday, October 24th, 2022 - 11:10 am - Amber Viviers

A student is innocently going through her emails. She sees one from a person she’s never heard of. There are spelling mistakes, but she ignores them and clicks on an attachment in the email. Suddenly her PC locks down and she can’t access her files. A message comes up and tells her she has to […]

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New IT head puts spotlight on cybersecurity at Stellenbosch University

Monday, October 24th, 2022 - 11:09 am - Amber Viviers

About six years ago, when Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar was working as Chief Information Officer for the City of Johannesburg, the city was subjected to a massive cyber-attack which brought the organisation to a grinding halt. Hackers got into the city’s network and demanded money. The metro – the biggest in South Africa – had to switch to […]

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