SA start-up Snode steps up war on cyber crooks

November 23, 2016

Source: TechCentral   One of the biggest problems with identifying cybersecurity breaches is knowing that they happened at all. Too often, attackers breach companies’ defences and remain undetected — until it’s too late. A new South African start-up, Snode, incubated by fast-growing South African fintech company Hello Group but now spun off as its own business, has developed a solution that it believes will help IT departments identify suspicious behaviour as it’s happening, even when traditional security measures like firewalls fail to stop intruders. Snode, which was founded by cybersecurity expert Nithen Naidoo, has developed technology that alerts companies to the tell-tale signs that a cyberattack might be about to take place. “If you are looking for fraud only at the point where it occurred, you will always be reactive,” Naidoo said. “But if you can predict the fraud by looking at precursor patterns, you can prevent it and become proactive in your response.” Hello Group CEO Nadir Khamissa said Naidoo became involved with the company about 10 years ago to help it root out cybersecurity breaches and shore up its cyber defences. He became even more involved as the company moved into mobile money transfer with Hello Paisa. Hello Group, which has provided venture capital funding to Snode, needed something beyond basic firewall and signature (username and password) security mechanisms. “We needed something to understand patterns of behaviour, which is something we could not buy.” Naidoo built technologies that passively “sniff” all of a company’s network data, differentiating between different types of traffic going through the network in real time using “deep-packet inspection”. "The technology is “aware” of the start and end point of every packet of data, both internal and external," Khamissa said. “This is imperative to be able to understand patterns of behaviour. This enormous volume of data gets put into machine-learning algorithms that understand the patterns and is then overlaid with the expected or traditional behaviour of a user to identify anomalies.” The problem with most security solutions is the analyst interface “turns into a Christmas tree” of alerts — most of them false alarms — defeating the purpose, he said. “We have invested in pattern-recognition technologies to avoid these false positives. Snode understands patterns of behaviour and eliminates those.” Snode, Khamissa said, doesn’t replace firewalls and username-and-password-based security mechanisms. Rather, it is a layer on top of those solutions to help companies understand and identify behaviour and vulnerabilities. “Snode at its core uses mathematics to detect anomalies and patterns in any type of data from any source and understand the behavioural patterns of normal behaviour from abnormal behaviour,” explained Naidoo. “Just your presence on the network leaves a trace and affects the network in a certain way. Snode understands your systems environment and it has a signature for it. It identifies any stray from what it deems normal behaviour.At some point in the early stage of a cyberattack, there would have to be some form of reconnaissance. Snode actively looks for this, whether it’s a hacker doing a port scan, or an employee accessing a system they don’t normally access,” he said. “It does this in real time, with in-flight analytics.” Although Snode can’t analyse encrypted network traffic, it can still pick up anomalies. “If my encrypted channel suddenly does 2GB of traffic at 2am, that’s an anomaly. Sure, you can mask your identity in various ways, but no matter you do, you are going to influence the system.” Khamissa said Snode uses machine-learning algorithms to augment human efforts to defend digital networks. “The good guys are completely outgunned in the cyberwar. Attackers are highly motivated and mechanised. In the defence, you typically have a junior guy in IT patching servers, looking at endless alerts. To notch up your defence capabilities, you need something like Snode to augment the defenders of your networks.” After developing the solution inside Hello Group for many years, it has now been “productised” to be sold to other companies. Snode has run the solution in various iterations with PricewaterhouseCoopers over the past three years. PwC will now take the product to market as the company’s first reseller partner. It also has customers in South Africa, Nigeria, the UK and Australia. “Our focus is really on South Africa for now, but we have been getting a lot of requests from abroad,” said Khamissa. The key industry it intends focusing on is financial services, he said.

How this startup is hoping to change the face of cybersecurity in SA

November 3, 2016

Source: SME South Africa   Cybersecurity in South Africa is increasingly being regarded as a lucrative market for tech startups to get into with a growing number of startups taking up opportunities in the threat market. In the US, where the increasing wave of cyber attacks has been receiving huge attention, a large platoon of startups has steadily been coming into the industry over the past number of years to take a bite of the flourishing market. Gartner, Inc reported that global cybersecurity market topped the $75 billion mark in 2015 and is expected to reach $170 billion by 2020, while the Ponemon Institute revealed that 92% of Forbes Global 2000 companies reported data breaches in the past year. The recent attack involving Standard Bank, which lost a reported R300 million shows that this is also a concern in emerging markets. Up to 7% of all South African organisations experienced a cyber attack in the last year according to security firm Kaspersky Lab and according to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), South Africans lose in excess of R2.2 billion annually to internet fraud and phishing attacks. Newly-launched cybersecurity startup, Snode is one of these tech startups that are looking to tap into and take advantage of Africa’s cybersecurity market that is predicted to be worth over $2.32 billion in 2020. Cyber criminals are now, more than ever, turning their attention to emerging markets which they perceive to be easy, yet lucrative, targets, says Nithen Naidoo, CIO and founder of Snode. “The company believes it provides a much needed service in South Africa.”   Who is Snode Snode is a cyber intelligence solution startup that helps businesses protect themselves by providing real-time intelligence. They use advanced mathematical algorithms, the processing power of learning machines, and predictive analytics to provide insights into behavioural patterns, which they say will help identify and combat cyber threats before potential breaches occur. Snode has a team of over 12 consultants spread across offices in Johannesburg and London and the company has recently secured VC funding from Johannesburg-based telecommunications company, Hello Group. SME South Africa speaks with Naidoo about the biggest failings of cybersecurity startups in SA and why thinking outside the box is key for how they are hoping to change the face of cybersecurity in the country.   Opportunities that cyber threat has created for security startups in South Africa. I think South Africa has a history of innovation. Our current landscape means we work within certain constrains. We design solutions very elegantly without even knowing it because of these constrains. Bandwidth in South Africa is expensive and it’s limited, so all our technologies seem to be produced in a very bandwidth efficient way. I think the cybersecurity industry globally is looking for more innovative solutions. People always talk about increased spend on cybersecurity, however, I don’t necessarily think that increased spend is the answer. I think innovation is the answer. There’s a great scope in cybersecurity for young individuals who are looking to apply their minds and come up with innovative solutions that not only solve a South African problem but solves a global problem.   The biggest failing of most cybersecurity startups I can honestly talk from experience. My initial business took a very long time to take off because of some fundamental 101 mistakes. I think the biggest mistake was scalability. Taking any product or service to market you’ve got to look for two things – leverage and scalability. I may have got the leverage right because I was in cybersecurity industry for such a long time I was leveraging my experience, I was leveraging the contacts I had in that industry and I was leveraging the insights I had to bring me to market.   “The internet takes us out of the physical location. Your corner shop suddenly becomes a shop on every corner all over the world”   But I got scalability wrong – I did it in the form of consulting. Quite simply, I can sell an hour to an organisation in the form of consulting, but there’s only eight hours in a day. So I’ve already chosen a way forward that had limitations whereas if I had to look at the world of product, which is what Snode is, I get to touch lives of people across the globe without restriction, without limitation. If a young entrepreneur wanted to take away two valuable lessons that took me five years to understand – it’s one, look for scalability and two is to embrace channels like the internet, like social media and look for ways to grow your business globally. Think locally, act globally.   How Snode is impacting the local security ecosystem Although Snode has various applications in various vertical market segments our target market seems to have chosen us. The mining sector particularly likes Snode because it’s a passive technology. In a mining business you have a lot of sensitive infrastructure also that mining industries don’t want to risk downtime. Snode is very low risk to implement in the most sensitive of environments. Yet it provides you with all the insights you need to defend your business against emerging cyber threats. In financial services, not only are the learning capabilities, pattern recognition and behavioral analytics built to detect cyber threats but they can very easily be applied to detect patterns of fraud within transactional data. So taking the Snode technologies application out of the pure cyber world and applying it to ATM fraud, for example. Other industries [where we are having an impact] are defense, the professional services sector as well as the public sector.   How they are impacting public perception If you speak to many cybersecurity firms whether they be providing a service or product, they’ll tell you attack is inevitable and that’s how the public perceive the cyber landscape today, ‘It’s inevitable that I will be attacked’. But we need to be given the freedom to embrace technology and not be hindered by fear and the first place where this battle is fought is in user awareness. If I had to look at the root cause or the most effective way to combat most of today’s cybersecurity threats it would start at user awareness.   How we are educating the market We started market education without even knowing it at Snode. Earlier you spoke to an actual client of Snode [Hello Group] and as a client the insights we provided him raised his awareness to the cybersecurity problem which made him want to invest in a cybersecurity solution startup. He realised the gravity of the problem and he realised the application of the solution. That happens every time we deploy a Snode technology in a client environment. And by exposing what is happening within the environment and exposing what is happening outside the environment the client becomes more educated.   How we got our Funding We’ve been very fortunate with funding recently, once we solidified our concept within Snode. There is a lot of funding available to young entrepreneurs and older entrepreneurs alike but the foundation of the funding is based on your approach to those investors. Before we partnered with our angel investors Nadir Khamissa and Shazim Khamissa [founders of Hello Group], I got called in by a really big global brand who wanted to take a look at the Snode concept. And although they were blown away by Snode as a product, they were blown away by my team as a group of individuals to actually execute on this plan, where we failed to sell them was on our business acumen.   “If you’re experiencing problems with you business, the first place to look for is innovation”   We couldn’t provide them with answers to basic business questions like what would our expenditure be in the first year, what would our break-even point be going forward, what would our distribution channels look like, what would our sales channels look like, are we going to use direct marketing, are we going to partner, what strategic partners we’d make – and without that information no great idea is going to get funded.   Thinking outside the box Thinking outside the box is important for any startup. If you’re experiencing problems with you business, the first place to look for is innovation. For cybersecurity startups I think there could be a red herring or trap that a lot of the cybersecurity startups could fall into, that of wanting to be in the cybersecurity market because it’s such a growing market and potentially worth a lot in the future. Just being in the cybersecurity market selling the same traditional technology or selling the same traditional ideas or developing a technology that is very similar to exiting technologies in the market space is really not enough. Some of the brands in the cybersecurity market are very well established. If you’re going to go against these brands you need to have a very competitive edge.   How Snode is taking the unconventional route Unlike traditional technologies which evolve in a lab, Snode evolved while we were trying to help our clients. It actually evolved while we were trying to solve a real world problem. We never intended to create a product for market, we were really trying to add value and solve pain points which our customers were experiencing and the technology sort of evolved from there. We found a solution and we managed to productise it and that was the birth of Snode.

Snode enters the SA cyber security market

October 28, 2016

Source: ITWeb   The company was started by three South Africans: Nithen Naidoo, CIO at Snode and brothers Nadir and Shaazim Khamissa, who are co-founders of the telecommunications company Hello Group. Nadir is an actuary and is a former MD of global equity derivatives trading at Deutsche Bank, based in London. Shaazim is the chief technology officer at Hello Group. Snode uses utilises advanced mathematical algorithms, the processing power of learning machines, and predictive analytics to provide real-time intelligence to business. The company's technology also uses intelligence amplification, whereby the power of machine learning is augmented with a trained individual's insight. According to Naidoo, intelligence amplification should not be confused with artificial intelligence which aspires to replace human involvement altogether. "Snode's application in cyber security leverages years of expertise in cyber intelligence and mathematics," he said. The company's technology does not replace traditional signature-based solutions, but is complementary, Naidoo pointed out. Snode believes it will provide a much-needed service in SA, especially as the vulnerability to cyber attacks is increasing as businesses are rapidly digitising. "Cyber criminals are now, more than ever, turning their attention to emerging markets which they perceive to be easy, yet lucrative, targets," said Naidoo. "Within emerging markets, it is the banking sector that is particularly vulnerable, as evidenced by the recent slate of SWIFT attacks. C-suite executives are also targeted," Naidoo explained. "Exacerbating matters is that cyber attacks frequently come from advanced and highly motivated crime syndicates that are dispersed globally," he continued. According to Naidoo a lot of cyber security breaches are not reported, particularly cyber espionage, and this is mostly due to companies not being aware of the breach. "We are no longer dealing with kids in the bedroom, but organised crime - government-led attacks, corporate espionage, and hacktivism and so on - and SA is not immune." Naidoo noted that a more intelligent line of defence is urgently required, as traditional end-point and signature-based technologies are inefficient in dealing with the rapidly evolving threat landscape. "The digital age brings with it incomprehensible amounts of data and the challenge is how to best use it, and glean value from it without wasting resources," he said.   "Traditional signature-based protocols look at data in isolation. Threat intelligence helps but is retroactive, signature-based protocols are reactive, Snode is proactive."   Naidoo said companies need more than a firewall. "A firewall is often unable to differentiate between a malicious login attempt and a real one, Snode provides that framework."

Snode brings advanced cybersecurity defences to South Africa and the World

October 27, 2016

Source: TechSmart   Cyber-intelligence company, Snode, has launched in South Africa. The company utilises advanced mathematical algorithms, the processing power of learning machines, and predictive analytics; providing real-time intelligence to your business. Snode provides insights into behavioural patterns, which help identify and combat cyber-threats before potential breaches may occur. Snode uses Intelligence Amplification (IA), which combines machine learning with the depth of human experience and insight. Differing significantly from Artificial Intelligence, which aspires to replace human involvement altogether. “Snode’s application in cybersecurity leverages years of expertise in cyber-intelligence and mathematics,” says Nithen Naidoo, CIO at Snode. “The company believes it provides a much needed service in South Africa; cybercriminals are now, more than ever, turning their attention to emerging markets which they perceive to be easy, yet lucrative, targets.” Within emerging markets, it is the banking sector that is particularly vulnerable, as evidenced by the recent slate of SWIFT attacks, as are C-suite executives. Exacerbating matters is that cyberattacks frequently come from advanced and highly motivated crime syndicates which are dispersed globally. The recent trend of commercial enterprises, governments and other NGO’s engaging in cybercrime further fuels the increased sophistication of attacks. A more intelligent line of defence is urgently required, as traditional end-point and signature based technologies are inefficient in dealing with the rapidly evolving threat landscape. “Snode believes that a more proactive and innovative approach to cybersecurity is needed. South Africa is already in the midst of a cybersecurity storm,” says Naidoo. “Snode brings existing security controls into a next-generation cyber-defence, capable of defeating today’s sophisticated and dynamic attackers.” Data is the core of any business, therefore it is of the utmost importance to effectively secure your information; protecting it against cyber-threats. “Snode tips the balance in cyber-warfare, to favour the defenders and root-out the attackers. Passively monitoring massive amounts of data traversing client networks, giving Snode a comprehensive view of all activities. It detects and reports suspicious behavioural patterns, as well as various anomalies, in real-time. No conventional solution does this,” concludes Naidoo.


Data Wizards’ Magic Proved Too Strong at #SS18Hack

May 25, 2018

Author: Alastair Waldeck, Head of Marketing (Snode)   One month after the successful Ideathon was held in Johannesburg CBD, the Hackathon participants gathered once again for the main event at Vodacom World in Midrand, the #SS18Hack! In total, 42 infosec aspirants from all around the country arrived for a two-day event that would test their stamina, concentration, teamwork and coding abilities to the limit! The theme of these year’s Hackathon was ‘Man vs Machine – Securing the future of business against an ever-changing threat landscape’; focusing, as the title suggests, on machine learning and creating a solution that could solve real-world security problems that continue to plague many organisations today. The 11 teams arrived early on the morning off 22 May, full of energy and motivation, and immediately started getting to work on their ideas with the guidance from their respective mentors. By the evening of the 22nd, the participants had made themselves comfortable and settled down for a long night of hard work and coding. When delegates from the Security Summit walked in the next day, the room was virtually unrecognisable; bean bags, energy drinks and snacks were scattered everywhere! The long-haul proved too much for some as they caught a quick power nap to give themselves the ability to push through the last few hours before the final presentations and judging. The participants truly had pulled out all the stops to ensure that they can keep going, keep coding, with their eyes constantly focused on the top spot! At half-past two on day two, time was up! The teams now had to pitch their ideas to the judges in the hopes that what they had manage to create was good enough to earn them a place in the winner’s circle. Each team had 6 minutes to present followed by Q&A from the judges. After all the pitches were complete, the judges went away to deliberate as the teams anxiously waited for the results. A few minutes later, it was done, the scores were tallied and the winners were known. Doreen Mokoena, Internet Governance Coordinator at .ZA Doman Name Authority had the honours of announcing the top teams. In third place was team Knowzee who presented a solution that allowed individuals to determine whether or not they were sharing too much information on their social media accounts. First and second place were neck-in-neck with the judges having to discuss long and hard in order to reach a consensus as to whom they believed should be the winner. Moringa IT, a team from Kimberley, ultimately claimed second place. Their idea was a platform that utilised the power of IoT in order to assist farmers with the irrigation of their crops by sensing the moisture levels in the soil and allowing the irrigation systems to automatically determine when and for how long the crops should get irrigated. The magic of team Data Wizards, however, proved to be too much as they claimed top spot at this year’s hackathon! Their solution was to prevent fraudulent activity in real-time at a transactional level. As a transaction occurs, each transaction would be assigned a risk score based on a several factors, this score would then determine whether or not the transaction should be accepted or declined. The winning team walked away with R20 000, followed by the second and third teams receiving R10 000 and R5 000 respectively. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Hackathon for their hard work and dedication and for assisting in pulling off yet another successful event! Here’s to many more! The #SS18Hack was sponsored by the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Geekulcha, Snode, The Business Clinic, MTN and CISO Alliances.

Proof: SA Is First In Line For Emerging Advanced Attacks

May 21, 2018

Author: Alastair Waldeck, Head of Marketing (Snode)   In an article published by ITWeb last week, Nithen Naidoo (Snode Founder and CEO) stated that South Africa is often first in line for newly emerging, advanced attacks. Developing economies such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and South Africa are viewed as soft, and lucrative, targets by organised crime syndicates with highly advanced cyber capabilities due to the fact that they have not made the same kind of security investments as their developed nation counterparts. One of the interesting findings mentioned in the article was the increasing trend of Snode clients being affected by an old "commercial-grade" Trojan called FinSpy, which was widely reported in 2013. "The malware is not necessarily new but the attack vectors to deliver the malware are new and quite advanced. This is similar to the Terdot malware, which delivered the old Zeus Trojan.", stated Naidoo. At the same time we were detecting this type of activity within our SA client base, AlienVault’s Open Threat Exchange (OTX) reported the discovery of a new version of FinFisher, a malware that is currently evading notice and leveraging social media to threaten critics in Turkey and beyond. It is specifically coded in order to appear as simple criminal malware, however there are several forensic artefacts which provide a clear indication that the agent identified is in fact FinSpy. The most substantial change in this latest version when compared to the original FinSpy malware is the steps it has taken to address the failures that led to the original software’s discovery and acknowledgement by security researchers. FinSpy infects its targets by redirecting the user, when downloading an application, to a version of an application that is infected with the FinFisher malware. This then allows the attacker to perform several activities such as live surveillance through webcams and microphones, keylogging, and exfiltration of files. The fact that this trend of the new, emerging FinFisher malware was detected by the Snode Guardian Cybersecurity Platform at the same time as organisations abroad is proof that South Africa is indeed a prime target for new and advanced cyberattacks. The need for South African organisations to not only ensure that they have adequate security measures in place to detect, prevent and respond against these attacks but also to share their threat intelligence and disclose when and how they are being attacked, is now more crucial than ever. In this ever-changing technological landscape, organisations are forced to find new ways to increase their security posture and minimise their risk. The Snode Guardian cybersecurity platform utilises learning machines, mathematics, and a synergy between both human and artificial intelligence (Intelligence Amplification) to monitor, detect and proactively respond to all threats on every device within your network, from traditional network devices through to BYOD, cloud and IoT devices. Naidoo will be presenting at the upcoming ITWeb Security Summit, and delegates attending his talk will learn about the emerging threats we see in Snode's South African client environments, as well as the key issues affecting the majority of its South African clients. He will also discuss the defence strategies clients have used that best address these issues. The ITWeb Security Summit is southern Africa’s definitive conference and expo for information security, IT and business professionals. This year, over 70 expert speakers will deliver key insights across 7 tracks, including workshops and training courses during the expanded 5-day event. The ITWeb Security Summit will be staged at Vodacom World, Midrand, from 22 – 23 May 2018; and CTICC Cape Town on 29 May 2018. Focused and interactive workshops as well as in-depth training courses will be run in the days around the main conference and exhibition. For more information, go to For information on Security Summit Cape Town, click here.

Young Minds Prepare For #SS18 Hack

April 21, 2018

Author: Alastair Waldeck, Head of Marketing (Snode)   A group of motivated young men and women gathered in the offices of The Business Clinic in Johannesburg CBD early on Saturday morning for the 2nd Annual #SS18Hack Ideathon. The Ideathon provided these aspiring cybersecurity and IT professionals with an opportunity to meet and greet with some of the top minds in the industry as well as to learn a thing or two from the four main workshops presented on the day. The Ideathon serves as pre-selection event for the larger, main event; the #SS18 Hackathon which will be held at Vodaworld in Midrand on the 22-23 May. The day began with an introduction from Mr Lucky Litelu (Executive Chairman and CEO of ICRD GROUP) and the sponsorship team of Tiyani Ngonyama (COO, Geekulcha), Allyson Towle (Senior Conference Director, ITWeb Events) and Alastair Waldeck (Head of Marketing, Snode). Our first speaker of the day was Ridewaan Hanslo from the CSIR who gave the attendees a comprehensive overview of Web App Security by providing several examples of different types of attacks, attackers, interactive examples how to practically identify and prevent these attacks as well as how to ensure that your next application is created with security as a priority. Second up was our very own Founder and CEO, Nithen Naidoo. He provided an introduction to the AI and Infosec industry by discussing the latest tools and methods within the cybersecurity and data analytics industry as well as how to analyse vast quantities of data in real-time in order to pull various insights, detect anomalies and trends and to be able to predict and defend against ever-evolving cyberattacks. After a quick break where the guys were able to refuel, get to know one another, ask questions and discuss ideas with the presenters, sponsors and other attendees, we returned to our seats for the 3rd workshop of the day. Francois Mouton from the CSIR was up next. Francois gave us a presentation on Ethical Hacking with a focus on his speciality, social engineering. By providing us with some simple, everyday examples of how human’s inherent trust can be our own downfall, he made us realise how simple a cyberattack can really be and how our perception of a cybercriminal being a person in a hoodie hiding behind a laptop is far from the truth. Last, but certainly not least, Kimoon Kim from Siatik spoke us through the concepts of Big Data and Machine Learning. By focusing on powerful platforms that are readily available for us to use such as Google Cloud and BigQuery, the attendees discovered how to easily analyse all their data, regardless of size, in real-time. The rest of the day was spent brainstorming ideas, absorbing even more information and inspiration from the mentors and speakers, and coming up with ideas that will not only take them through to the next round in Midrand, but also to potentially win them top spot at the #SS18 Hackathon later next month! The top three teams with the ideas that showed most potential were: - Bro-Coders - CleverKleva - TechnoGeeks - A special mention went to team Nosey. We look forward to seeing everyone again in a month’s time and would like to thank all the sponsors and speakers for their involvement in making this event successful!   Sponsors for the event: Snode, ITWeb, Geekulcha, The Business Clinic, Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Re-invented Zeus malware Terdot, defied explanation, but cannot defeat detection

December 6, 2017

Author: Nithen Naidoo, Founder and CEO (Snode)   During October 2017, Snode's cybersecurity platform (Guardian) found an increasing trend in SA networks being infected by the well-known Zeus malware. Although the Zeus Trojan (discovered back in July 2007) is still considered one of the most prolific malware variants affecting the Internet today; the retro plague perplexed our analysts. The finding’s fallacy is that most (if not all) traditional anti-malware controls today can reliably defend against the Zeus malware threat. At the time, we could not explain how a 10-year-old Trojan was (as reported by our learning machine) effortlessly propagating through large SA corporate networks; unhindered and undetected. A fitting explanation was later provided courtesy of the global security technology firm, Bitdefender. Bitdefender’s researchers released a paper (mid November 2017) on the discovery of a new “Zeus inspired” Trojan, called Terdot. A surprising insight from their research is that they first discovered the Trojan in October 2016; which highlights a challenge in our machine-assisted analytics. You see, the machine-learnt Zeus malware's "pattern of behaviour" was now mimicked by Terdot. As a matter of fact, Snode's learning machine could only learn to accurately identify Terdot, by unlearning everything it knew about the Zeus malware. Hence why our learning machine is augmented by our (human) analysts as it allowed us to reliably distinguish between these two malware variants. Now, it is not often that a cybersecurity vendor will openly discuss the flaws in their machine learning and pattern recognition software. However, at Snode we do not build software, we deliver solutions (and we value transparency). This is why our machine-assisted analytics is backed by (and never delivered without) our human intelligence. Something to keep in mind, if you believe that AI-supported threat detection (neural network based pattern recognition) software will transcend your security posture to a cybersecurity nirvana, it won't, at least not yet. However, by enhancing your posture with such technology (defence in depth), you wont get trapped in a false sense of security, solely relying on the latest antivirus signatures to save you. Keep in mind that Terdot, was circulating in the wild for an entire year without signature-based detection. I would like to thank and give credit to the Bitdefender Research Labs for making the Terdot discovery. For more information, you can find the full research paper here.


Nithen Naidoo on South African start-up Snode’s use of Big Data analytics for Cybersecurity

February 26, 2018

Nithen Naidoo, Founder and CIO, Snode talks about: what the company does and how; how Snode Guardian can identify cyber-attacks; how the company has been funded; and future plans.

PHP Meetup (16 Jan 2018) – Part 2

February 15, 2018

The second in a series of videos from the PHP Meetup event hosted at the Hello Group on 16 January 2018.

PHP Meetup (16 Jan 2018) – Part 1

January 25, 2018

The first in a series of videos from the PHP Meetup event hosted at the Hello Group on 16 January 2018.

Snode | Who We Are

September 8, 2017

Snode is a data analytics platform that is designed to make the lives of whomever uses it easier, to assist in solving problems that were previously thought impossible, and to ultimately make a fundamental difference in the world as we know it.