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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.” - Stéphane Nappo, Global CISO, Société Générale

CISO Africa 2019 is a peer-led conference for IT security, fraud and risk professionals. Showcasing pragmatic IT leaders’ strategies to mitigate threats, CISO Africa delivers high-level interactive discussions on the latest approaches and tactics to allay the bombardment of cyber-attacks and employ effective IT security management.

From international keynote presentations, industry-diverse panels, private lunches and closed discussion groups, delegates will be giving the opportunity to discuss common cyber security concerns, learn about new innovative technologies, and gain a more holistic view of the leadership role of  the modern Chief Information Security Officer.

40+ Speakers

150 Attendees

2 Themed Tracks

Why CISO Africa?

As we continue to embrace modern technology and interconnectivity, the privacy and cyber security landscape has become increasingly complex. The C-suite are increasingly aware of the implications of this interconnected world, knowing full well that one security breach can derail the entire organisation. Threats are increasing in number and sophistication and points of entry are multiplying; this is where the CISO steps in.

The role of the CISO has evolved from managing security risk to becoming integrated business enabler. Not only should they possess the necessary technical cyber security capabilities, but also exhibit excellent leadership skills.  The CISO, and their teams, has the unenviable task of protecting the organisation from external threats, yet should possess the ability to articulate IT security priorities from a business viewpoint.

Key topics to be discussed at CISO Africa 2019:

The Role of the CISO: What does the modern CISO look like and what attributes do they possess? How should the role of the CISO relate to the CIO and the rest of the board? What will the role of the CISO look like in five or ten years’ time?

AI & Automated Security: In the age of automation, can AI not only identify threats, but also remediate and pre-empt them? Can we build self-learning systems that can ward off all threats? Can AI be used for authentication and access control?

Cloud Security: What are the risks and benefits to migrating to the cloud? Can the cloud improve IT security management?Are you open to using third parties, and do you have a risk management strategy in place?

Blockchain: Can the use of distributed ledgers mitigate threats? Are there limitations of blockchain, and what would be the reality if it were to be adopted globally?

Digital Transformation Security: Are we opening ourselves up to increased threats? How are we protecting ourselves against cyber-savvy criminals? If we all work online, store all our data in the cloud and use multiple devices on multiple networks, what new threats are we attracting?

Balancing Risk with Investment: How much of your IT budget should go towards security? If it’s not your physical assets at risk, what about your brand? Is there a ceiling to how much investment should be made?

Regulations & Compliance: In light of GDPR, PICI and myriad compliance issues, are we keeping our cyber security features in check? What are the customer/business challenges for ensuring data security (the integrity of data) and data privacy (control of data)?

Additional discussions will be had around upskilling teams, security by design, relationships with data analytics teams, IoT security, DevSecOps, access control, remote working and many more probing topics.


Cyber Security Experts Speaking at CISO Africa 2019

Jacque Fouche - Telkom

Jacques Fouche

Senior Information Security Specialist, Telkom

Lushen Padayachi - MassMart

Lushen Padayachi

Group Information Security Lead, MassMart

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Prof. Ernest Ketcha Ngassam

General Manager: Information Security Architecture & Technical Excellence, MTN

Ken Chikwanha - Standard Bank

Ken Chikwanha

Executive Head of Data Governance: Personal & Business Banking, Standard Bank

Lynette Smith - Harmony Gold

Lynnette Smith

Information & Compliance Officer, Harmony Gold

Aspen Pharma

Alex Bowdler

IT Operations & Security Manager, Aspen Pharmacare

Ritasha Jethva - RMB

Ritasha Jethva

Head of Information Technology GRC & Resilience, Rand Merchant Bank

Tammy Naicker - Vodacom

Tammy Naicker

Executive Head of Department: Group Technology Governance & Assurance, Vodacom

Lizelle van der Klashorst - FNB

Lizelle van der Klashorst

Head : iDnA Governance, Risk & Compliance, FNB

Robin Barnwell - Standard Bank

Robin Barnwell

Head: Security Strategy Enablement, Standard Bank

John Meakin - GSK

John Meakin

Group Chief Information Security Officer, GlaxoSmithKline (UK)

Steve Jump - Telkom

Steve Jump

Head: Corporate Information Security Governance, Telkom

Julian Ramiah - Liberty

Julian Ramiah

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Liberty Holdings

Ahmed Nabil

Ahmed Nabil

Chief Information Security Officer, PGESCo Egypt

Alfred Musarurwa - Nedabnk Zimbabwe

Dr Alfred Musarurwa

Chief Information Officer, Nedbank Zimbabwe

Gadija Ryklief - Edcon

Gadija Ryklief

Information Security Lead, Major SA Retailer

Maclaud Mafaiti

Maclaud Mafaiti

General Manager IT Security & Trust Centre, South African Post Office

Marek Zmyslowski-1

Marek Zmyslowski

Former CEO, Jovago

Tania Paulse - Sanlam (new)

Tania Paulse

Group Enterprise Architect, Sanlam

Illyas Kooliyankel - ADIB

Illyas Kooliyankal

Chief Information Security Officer, A Prominent UAE Bank

Adele Jones - Nedbank

Adele Jones

Lead Architect: Information Security & Blockchain, Nedbank

Thelma Kganakga - RMB

Thelma Kganakga

Chief Information Security Officer, Rand Merchant Bank

Denisha - DBSA

Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar

ICT Head: Shared Services, Development Bank of South Africa

Johan van der Merwe - CSIR

Johan van der Merwe

Principal Information Security & Systems Engineer, CSIR

Bruno Fonseca - AXA

Bruno Fonseca

Chief Information Security Officer, AXA Insurance Gulf Region

Rohan Daya - Old Mutual

Rohan Daya

Information Security Officer, Old Mutual Insure

Willie Strydom - Wesbank

Willie Strydom

Enterprise Security Architect, Wesbank

Gus Clarke - Tyme

Gus Clarke

Head of Cyber Security, Tyme Digital

Nadia Veeran-Patel  - Babcock-1

Nadia Veeran-Patel

Information Security Compliance Manager, Leading Support Services Firm

Horatio Huxham - VISA

Horatio Huxham

Founder & CEO, QsecGlobal