Check Point SecureAcademy collaborates with the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at Namibia University of Science & Technology to help tackle the country’s cybersecurity skills shortage.

Namibian ICT providers Complete Enterprise Solutions and Salt Essential IT will help develop and promote the cybersecurity training offered by the university and Check Point SecureAcademy.

Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions globally, collaborates with the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Complete Enterprise Solutions (CES), and Salt Essential IT to help tackle the cybersecurity skills shortage in Namibia.

This collaboration between Check Point SecureAcademy and NUST will see the university’s faculty members complete the Check Point Certified Security Administrator training, enabling them to teach a range of cybersecurity courses to NUST’s students, starting this year. This collaboration between Check Point SecureAcademy and NUST will see the university’s faculty members complete the Check Point Certified Security Administrator training, enabling them to teach a range of cybersecurity courses to NUST’s students, starting this year.

For their part, CES, which is one of Check Point Software Technologies’ 4 Star partners, and Salt, a 2 Star Partner, will be helping to develop and promote the Check Point SecureAcademy training alongside NUST. Added to this, CES and Salt, working through NUST’s Cooperative Education Unit, will help facilitate industry-relevant internship placement and secure workplace sites enabling Work Integrated Learning for students who have graduated from the collaboration’s training programme.

To date, three of the university’s lecturers have successfully completed the training, with more staff signed up to take the course. “Through this collaboration, we are strengthening Africa’s cybersecurity landscape, as our lecturers will be passing the crucial cyber skills they have learned onto the next generation of professionals,” says Dr. Mercy Chitauro, Cyber Security Program Coordinator at NUST.

“Achieving Check Point SecureAcademy status within Namibia is an important step forward in developing a new talent pool of qualified security professionals and a sustainable breeding ground for this talent pool in the country,” says PJ Kotze, General Manager of CES. Sonja Coetzer, Managing Director at Salt adds: “Education initiatives like this are helping build stronger, more secure environments for businesses to compete in a sustainable digital economy, which is so important in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

This collaboration will deepen the reach of cybersecurity education already being provided by the Check Point Cyber Security Jump Start programme. Through this programme, learners can access free online courses from anywhere in the world, gaining recognised certification upon completion. Currently, over 20 000 students and security professionals across Africa have completed these courses, increasing Africa’s overall cyber safety through industry-leading skills.

Check Point SecureAcademy aims to give students the ability to recognise and resolve IT security threats, develop hands-on experience with leading security solutions, and acquire employable real-world skills to protect networks through the programme’s courses. Upon completion of the programme, students will earn a globally recognised credential in cybersecurity. “This new collaboration further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to make cybersecurity education accessible to all,” says Pankaj Bhula, Regional Director for Africa at Check Point Software Technologies. “With the current shortage of cyber skills, it is essential that we attract more professionals to the field who we can then prepare to take on future cyber threats across Africa.”

Clearly, closing the cybersecurity skills gap – not only in Namibia but across the continent – is essential for protecting Africa’s businesses and boosting these nations’ economies; especially considering that cybercrime is at an all-time high. In Namibia alone, Check Point Research noted that an organisation experienced an average of 1 382 attacks each week last year. Globally, this figure is 930, meaning Namibian businesses are dealing with nearly 49% more cyberthreats.

For Check Point, driving education around digital technology at all levels is a social responsibility they take seriously. This is why Check Point SecureAcademy was created, with collaborations focused on accelerating this learning to enhance capabilities across the continent.

Check Point Software Technologies, Africa

Digital Literacy has many interpreted definitions, one that is most relevant to the discussion here today is, having the skills you need to live, learn, and work in a society where communication and access to information are increasingly through digital technologies like internet platforms, social media, and mobile devices.

Whether in an over or sparsely populated country, Africa struggles with literacy in general. Once Governments understand that real investment needs to be done in education, we will be one step closer to realizing digital literacy.

If a person is deprived in 30% of 11 weighted indicators grouped under the three dimensions of ‘Education’, ‘Health’ and ‘Living Standards’, they are considered multidimensionally poor. According to the 2021 report by the Namibia Statistics Agency, multidimensional poverty was determined to affect 43% of the Namibian population. With Namibia ranking 113th on the list of the most expensive countries to live in, with the low end of people living in poverty surviving on as little as a USD 1.90 (translating into NAD 29.17) per day and at the high-end USD 5.50 (a NAD 84.32) per day.

The first inequality is the teacher to learner ratio. In Namibia the ratio is 24 660 teachers for 617 827 learners. Thus, a ratio of 0.03 teachers for each child. 1/3 of Namibian children miss school because feeding programs are failing, and often there is no transport. An estimated 55 00 Namibian school-going children don’t even have shoes.

With 1 723 primary and secondary schools, of which 119 are private, the educational divide and inequality increases as many Namibian schools don't have access to running water and electricity, let alone access to the internet.

Unless Government, regulators, the private sector, and tech philanthropic organizations take hands and find realistic solutions that are affordable to address the ever-increasing educational poverty, we will not be able to address digital literacy to raise the standards of education and deliver the future leaders of Namibia, Africa, and the world.
If the purpose of education is the integral development of a person, through academic achievement, character and mindset development as well as social cohesion and equality, it is a source of its obvious benefits for a fuller and better life. Education can contribute to the betterment of society as a whole. It develops a society in which people are aware of their rights and duties, then digital literacy is the tool to achieve this. Through this educational poverty will be eradicated.

Thus, in the future, driven by the 4th and emerging 5th industrial revolution, digital literacy will be at the heart of education and the focal point of the modern era.


Author: Sonja Coetzer, Managing Director @ Salt

Did you know only a few things in Namibia require a physical signature, such as a sale of property, and wills and estates? The rest can all be signed electronically. 'Struesbob.

We are using Adobe Sign which integrates fully into Microsoft 365. Electronic signing made easy, compliant, and legal!

Salt is currently running a promotion with Adobe Sign where you sign up for 50 free transactions (signatures) to test it out. Email to find out more or sign up for the promotion.


Author: Beaulah Keis, Commercial Expansion Representative @ Salt

Salt offers professional Teams telephony for the enterprise – making the move to Microsoft voice easy!

With Tendfor’s state of the art switchboard and contact centre, Teams telephony is your path to lower TCO and smarter functionality for switchboard attendants, contact centre agents and office users. Packed with productivity-oriented solutions, user-friendly and easy to maintain – Tendfor finally makes voice a modern part of your IT infrastructure.

Tendfor leverages the full power of the new native Teams switchboard & contact centre capabilities and takes advantage of:

  • Enterprise functionality
    • Fully featured Windows switchboard attendant & contact centre client
    • Advanced calendar monitoring with Nordic presence
    • Auto attendant, ACD’s, IVR’s, CRM integration, advanced routing & call handling
  • Enhance productivity
    • Professional grade functionality including keyboards shortcuts
    • Easy to deploy, productivity focused, widget-based wallboards
    • Clear and informative statistics with interactive graphs
  • Ergonomics and flexibility
    • Modern intuitive interfaces make Microsoft users feel at home
    • Teams, smartphone and web apps
    • Modern web-admin for easy configuration and maintenance               

Tendfor‘s all API-based and within the Microsoft 365 cloud topology (a world’s first!) means that you can now finally move to Teams telephony without compromising on your functionality and customer service demands. offers

  • An all-Teams API based native solution - completely service provider independent and requires no SBC integration. 
  • A unique platform that works with all SBCs for Direct Routing – as well as with Microsoft Calling Plans.
  • Advanced contact centre features directly in Teams.
  • The world’s only native Teams switchboard attendant /receptionist.
  • 100% Microsoft Azure hosted, with Teams based integration. 
  • Multi-tenant same day deployment on new customers. 
  • Unique multi language support and standard phrases like queue position messages in more than 10 languages – English, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, ...            

Microsoft Teams is the perfect UCC-platform for hybrid work and internal communications. Adding Tendfor's contact centre and attendant console support also integrates all external communication needs, cutting costs in the process. We make leaving legacy solutions behind easy. If you are interested to find more about Tendfor, please reach out to and let’s get in touch. You’ll be so happy you did.


Author: Grace Katjivena, Service Desk Engineer @ Salt

Last month, Microsoft officially ended its support of Windows 7, a decade-old operating system. The original end-of-support was actually in January 2020, so users squeezed a good extra 20 months out of it. Now it’s officially done.

While most users have long since abandoned Windows 7 in favour of various newer flavours of the Windows OS, there are still many computers running the outdated operating system. Many experts saw Windows 7 as a significant advance over its predecessor, Windows Vista, as well as more reliable than its immediate successor, Windows 8; it received positive reviews on a considerably more consistent basis than any of the others. That reason, combined with many people's and businesses' aversion to replacing a functional system ("if it ain't broke, don't fix it"), has resulted in Windows 7 continuing to run on a substantial number of devices for more than a decade after its initial release.

However, running Windows 7 today can result in many major issues, which you should be aware of.

  • Windows 7 systems may suffer from vulnerabilities that will not be fixed.
  • Hardware may stop working.
  • Newer software packages may create conflicts, incompatibilities, and vulnerabilities.
  • Questions may be left unanswered – leading to dangerous mistakes.
  • New functionality will not be added.

We've had already encountered the following:

  • Creating VPN and VPN connections will fail after some time.
    • An upgrade to service pack 1 or 2 is required for some devices, but this will not be the case for long.
    • After a certain period, services will cease to function.
  • Programming icons began to vanish.
    • Every time that problem arose, we had to reinstall the programs.
  • The cost of servicing obsolete Windows 7 machines will be prohibitive.

This is what you should do as soon as possible:

  • All PCs and laptops in an organisation that has an original Windows 7 license must be upgraded to Windows 10 Professional.
  • Alternatively, they must be replaced with new devices that run at least Windows 10 Pro.

If you keep running Windows 7, it’s just a matter of time before your business applications stop working altogether or you experience a security attack. Or both. Either way, you will lose a lot of money.

Contact Salt at for a discussion about the best, cost-effective solution to keep your business running smoothly and safely. Our people will enable your people.

Author: Ivan Musuuo - Field Engineer @ Salt

You’re probably concerned about cybersecurity. You’re not alone. A 2019 survey of 1200 business owners in the USA found that more than half admitted to worrying about cyber risks. Closer to home, PwC reports that cybercrime is on the increase in South Africa and Namibia, with a notable surge during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you’re not concerned, you certainly should be.

No organisation is immune

The South African Department of Justice is just one of many recent victims of a cyberattack. The hack caused delays at courts across the country. It happened in September but was only contained in the middle of October. Transnet and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) are other government entities that have fallen foul of cybercriminals. In the private sector, Experian, the multinational consumer credit reporting agency, was the victim of data fraud. African Bank also suffered a data breach involving customers’ personal information. In Namibia over the last 12 months, there have been numerous ransomware, phishing, and DDoS attacks, however, the businesses and institutions have non-disclosure agreements in place and as such confirmed and reference cases are not available. Namibia’s exposure to, and experience with cybercrime is on the rise, and the lack of much-needed legislation is preventing law enforcers to deal with this.

No individual or organisation is safe from cybercrime. Working from home has impacted heavily on the network security of all organisations, whether commercial, government or not-for-profit. Multiple connected devices give hackers much wider access to systems than before. 53% of South African organisations experienced increased phishing attacks, and 46% reported heightened impersonation fraud compared to 2019, according to the 2020 Mimecast report into the State of Email Security. The last official statistics available for Namibia is 2017/2018. The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has launched a public participation forum to understand the exposure and the legislation that needs to be put in place. Deloitte’s Cyber Security Survey for Namibia of March 2018, clearly highlighted Namibia’s risk.

With hands-on experience in the Information Security and Digital Forensic environments for more than 2 decades, NEWORDER is a prominent authority in information security and corporate threat protection. This service provides strategic and tactical insight into an organisation's actual state of security. It verifies whether the best practices and adequate safety measures are in place to mitigate and minimise the impact of known and unknown security risks.

Crime-fighting partnership

Technology holds the key to seating government and citizens around the same dinner table to understand and attain common goals and objectives. It also enables transparency through the government’s ability to communicate directly With this holistic, cost-effective way of making your security concerns their business, Windhoek-based Salt Essential IT has partnered with NEWORDER to bring an additional layer of digital security capabilities and a little bit of peace of mind to Namibian businesses.

“Salt has been instrumental in deploying state of the art security solutions for our customers to combat the ever-growing rise of cybercrime in Namibia,” according to Salt’s Commercial Expansion Manager, Vanessa Maresch. “In light of this drive, we are very pleased with our partnership with NEWORDER, as they are internationally renowned experts in threat assessments to test for vulnerabilities and gaps in perimeter, network, endpoint and application security. I quote myself when saying: You don’t know what you don’t know. Salt is excited that with this joint offering, you will be in the know and in a position to protect your business.”

Says Bennie Barnard, NEWORDER Chief Commercial Officer, “We partner with technology experts who provide us with strategic information security technology that complements the NEWORDER offering for specific, niche threats. Our partnership with Salt completes the circle of security through layered security solutions that ensure the customer is protected in accordance with industry best practices. This, and our other collaborations give us enhanced solution functionalities so we can fight cybercrime on your behalf.

Namibia and its neighboring countries are a pivotal part of our Sub-Saharan Africa expansion strategy and we are delighted to partner with Salt. Not only are they a well-known brand and market leader in their space, but more importantly: our joint customers now have access to best-in-class information security products and services in a central location. We look forward to assisting both existing and new customers with the implementation and execution of their cyber resilience strategies.”

This partnership is like having both the X-Men and The Avengers in your corner. If you need to enhance the defences you deploy, and sleep just a little easier at night, contact Salt at For more information about NEWORDER, please visit

Author: Salt Marketing



Based in Windhoek, Namibia, Salt Essential IT is one of Africa’s most awarded Microsoft Direct Cloud Solution providers, enabling and supporting clients ranging from small and medium to enterprise.
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