Johannesburg, South Africa – 26 September 2018 — / — Rising levels of cyber crime, and its increasing sophistication, threaten businesses of all sizes, but SMEs are particularly vulnerable, says John Mc Loughlin, CEO of J2, a leading supplier of information security, governance, risk and compliance solutions.

“SMEs operate on tight budgets (both in terms of money and time), must manage cash flows carefully and keep overheads down. Hiring a specialised security professional is simply not an option for them, even if they could find one, given the extreme skills shortage in this area,” he says.

“At the same time, modern SMEs are hugely dependent on the Internet, which gives them the opportunity to compete effectively, but of course, this reliance puts them directly in the sights of cyber criminals.”

While cyber crime statistics for SMEs in South Africa are non-existent, PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey found respondents expect cyber crime to be the most disruptive to their organisations over the next two years.

“We launched the J2 SME Secure offering because it was so apparent that SMEs are simply not being served by traditional managed cyber security providers, and it’s now too risky to rely solely on the basic security provided by an Internet service provider or IT provider,” Mc Loughlin says. “SMEs need the same levels of security as big corporates because they are being targeted by the same syndicates.”

To plug the gap, J2 offers a fully managed cyber security service for businesses of any size. J2 SME Secure offers end-point protection and Internet security to protect from online threats and illicit material. The company also provides professional remote installation support as required to protect client employees, no matter how they access the Internet.

J2 SME Secure also includes protection against financial loss through cyber crime up to the value of R100 000. This offering includes third-party breaches, phishing, online banking fraud and refund scams, all of which are on the rise.

The offering also covers the provision of acceptable use and cyber security policies to help drive security-conscious behaviour across the company.

J2 SME Secure also allows clients to buy a range of optional value-adds covering secure online backup with ransomware protection and simple data recovery in the event of a disaster, secure hosted mailboxes and advanced security options to protect against evolving threats, and managed encryption to ensure compliance with data regulations.

“J2 SME Secure has been designed to make world-class, enterprise-grade security affordable for SMEs,” Mc Loughlin concludes. “SMEs are rightly seen as the backbone of the economy and our best hope of kick-starting job creation. They deserve the best protection against cyber criminals, and now they have it.”

J2 Software
J2 Software is a dynamic African ICT company founded in 2006 to address the need for effective information security, governance, risk and compliance solutions in the ICT markets across the continent. J2 Software offers globally leading solutions, including: Dtex SystemSkan; Mimecast; J2 Online Backup and Simply Secure.

The continued rise of identity theft and confidential data leakage drives the requirement for J2 Software’s product offerings, not only for competitive advantage but as an absolute necessity.

J2 Software delivers essential tools that empower organisations to take control of their technology spend. J2 Software’s handpicked solutions provide complete visibility over its customers’ environment while reducing risk and lowering costs.

J2 Software has provided services and solutions to renowned enterprise corporations with sites running in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.


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