Published On: Fri, Aug 24th, 2018

Refined SA wireless code tackles malware, ransomware

WASPA-General-Manager-Ilonka-Badenhorstby AKANI CHAUKE
JOHANNESBURG – THE Wireless Application Service Providers Association (WASPA) has updated its Code of Conduct to address potential challenges posed by malware and ransomware unintentionally downloaded from app stores by unsuspecting mobile users.

The code now also addresses proactive requirements implemented by the country’s mobile networks to prevent and mitigate the associated risks.

The update follows the 400-plus members of the self-regulating industry body ratifying a series of updates to their Code of Conduct to clarify requirements addressing securing their platforms against fraudulent attacks and the new steps required by the networks to protect consumers against unauthorised activity on their mobile devices.

Ilonka Badenhorst, WASPA General Manager, said the organisation continually refined the code according to which all members are expected to conduct their business.

“The potential threat posed by malware is a growing one and one that needed to be addressed,” Badenhorst said.

The WASPA Code of Conduct has been continuously revised since 2014 to reflect new challenges within the wireless application service provider (WASP) industry, which provides South Africa’s cellular users with mobile content and applications.

“WASPA’s world-leading Code of Conduct sets the standard for responsible self-regulation,” Badenhorst added.

A non-profit organisation, WASPA was founded in 2004 with the full support of the network operators- Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom.
– CAJ News

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