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“As cybersecurity leaders, we have to create our message of influence because security is a culture and you need the business to take place and be part of that security culture.”
- Britney Hommertzheim, Director, Information Security, AMC Theatres -

Across IT and business, we are inundated with a slew of modern business principles and trends. In this instance, two of them really stick out. Firstly, everything is now digital, so much so that digital has lost meaning. Every workforce will be machine-run and the left over humans will work remotely. All data and applications will be stored and conducted in the cloud (maybe). User experience is driven by continuous little hits of dopamine and instant gratification, and it must be fed at all costs! Secondly, because of all this digital expanse and surplus of data, we are constantly under attack from hackers, bots, and our very own employees – you can’t trust anyone!

To a degree, both are true, but information security is still often regarded as a grudge purchase, a must-have, checking a box and moving on. For too long, security has been regarded as an add-on, a compliance issue, a laborious process that receives little fanfare or praise. But it shouldn’t be that way. In fact, security should be the cornerstone of driving business value; it’s not just a money saver, it is in fact a money maker.

CISO Africa 2020 delves into why IT and data security has greater value than merely a defensive mechanism. Designed as a peer-led conference for information security, fraud and risk professionals, the CISO Africa 2020 conference will showcase pragmatic case studies and provides high-level interactive discussions on the latest approaches and tactics to allay the bombardment of cyber-attacks, but deliver and interpret business value.

Highlights from CISO Africa 2019

The CISO Africa 2019 conference was well represented by a number of leading CISO peers. The opportunity to gain knowledge from industry experts and peers, the round table discussions and networking opportunities makes this a worthwhile investment of time. As a CIO, I left with a greater understanding of the challenges of CISOs and increased knowledge on a number of topics.

-  CIO, MTO Group

The content for each agenda was very apt and appropriate for the audience. Well done for a great show, the sponsors, exhibitors and attendees provide valuable insight. 

-  IT Security, Risk & Governance Director, Tiger Brands

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Steve Jump -  CISO Featured Speaker (5)

Continuing the Journey from IT Security to managed Information Security. Growing the information security team into a risk aware business asset. 
Promoting the concept of information as the asset that requires protection, as compared to the technology around it.



CISO Africa 2020 Speakers Include:

Nathan Desfontaines

Managing Director,


Maiendra Moodley

Advisor: Government,

Ignus van Zyl

Lead Security Analyst - Attack Monitoring,

Absa Group

Hlakane Eseu Choma

Senior Specialist Manager - Information Security Assurance,

Telkom SA

Sebastian Roques

EMEA VP Sales,


Nick Maxwell

Regional Director (UK & Africa),


Iaan Mills

Cyber Security Strategic projects,


Muhammed Mayet



Chantel Howes

Head of Service Delivery : Security & Infrastructure,


Trevor Coetzee

Regional Director of SADC Region,

Palo Alto Networks

Yaron Assabi

Founder & CEO,

Digital Solutions Group

Aidan Byrne

Channel Manager Africa,


Vickus Meyer

Divisional Technology Officer: Enterprise Security Foundation,


Tousif Syed

Cloud Security and Security Strategy Risk & Compliance (SSRC) Lead - Middle East & Africa,


Sean Raymond

Cyber Security Account Director,


Anna Collard

Managing Director,


Mark Apker

Snr. Pre-Sales Engineer ,


Charity Chirowamhangu

Group IT | IT Security: Digital Platforms & Innovation,

Standard Bank

Lukas van der Merwe

Specialist Sales Executive for Security,

T-Systems South Africa

Martin Potgieter

Technical Director,


Sean Raymond

Sean Raymond

Commercial Director - Africa,


Ben Bulpett

Ben Bulpett

EMEA Marketing Director,


Garith Peck

Garith Peck

Country & Regional Sales Manager,


Sandro Bucchianeri - absa

Sandro Bucchianeri

Group Chief Security Officer,

Absa Group Limited

Del Van Rooyen

Del van Rooyen

Head: Identity and Access Management,


Itumelend Makgati - SASOL

Itumeleng Makgati

Group CISO,


Denisha - DBSA

Dr Denisha Jairam-Owthar

CIO: Metro Services,

City of Johannesburg

Ronald Mulder - CocaCola

Ronald Mulder

IT Security & Risk Manager,

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

Henry Denner - Gautrain

Henry Denner

IT Security Officer,

Gautrain Management Agency

Gadija Ryklief - Edcon

Gadija Ryklief

GM: Information Security ,


Ahmed Theba - Discovery

Ahmed Theba

Information Security Architect,


Colin van Niekerk absa

Colin van Niekerk

Head: Cyber Response & Intelligence,


Pragasen 2-1

Pragasen Pather

Group Manager: Security, Risk and Governance,

Sun International


Muyowa Mutemwa

Cyber Security Specialist,



Sheldon Bennett

Managing Executive: Cyber Security,



Caleb Mahlatsi

Cloud Security Integration Architect,


Zaid Parak - Discovery

Zaid Parak

Group CISO,



Lambros Karropoulos


SCAW Metals Group


Makabongwe Siziba

Director: Corporate Governance of ICT,

Department of Public Service & Administration

Loritta Kudumbu

Loritta Kudumba

Head of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance,

Barloworld Equipment

Sphiwe Mbatha

Sphiwe Mbatha

Head: IT Security & Governance,

Bayport Financial Services

Lizelle van der Klorst-1

Lizelle van der Klashorst

Head IT Risk : Governance. Chief Risk Office,

Leading Financial Institution


Gasbene Mahlangu

Portfolio Head: Business Resilience,

Standard Bank


Mulalo Razwiedani

(CISM) Information Security Officer,

Bayport Financial Services

Johann Fick Anglo

Johann Fick

Solutions Architect: Global IM,

Anglo American

Simon Motaung

Simon Motaung

Specialist: Identity & Access Management,

African Bank

Ian_Keller SBV

Ian Keller

Chief Security Officer,


Robin Barnwell - Standard Bank

Robin Barnwell

Head: Security Strategy Enablement,

Standard Bank

Richard Hlalele - UJ

Richard Hlalele

Information Security Officer,

University of Johannesburg

Marlany Naidoo Mercantile-2

Marlany Naidoo

Head: Information Security & IT GRC,

Mercantile Bank

Juanita Moolman - Hollard

Juanita Moolman

Executive Head: Governance, Risk Management & Compliance,

Hollard Insurance

Julian Ramiah - Liberty

Julian Ramiah

Group Chief Information Security Officer,

Leading Financial Services Firm

Natasha Pillay Std Bank

Natasha Pillay

Head IT Security - Corporate & Investment Banking,

Standard Bank

Portia Simelane OMInsure

Portia Simelane

Head: IT GRC,

Old Mutual Insure

james-grant std bank

James Grant

Automation/DevOps Lead,

Standard Bank

Paul K Motus

Paul Kankwende

Head: IT Infrastructure & Security,

Motus Financial Services

Janine West - Investec

Janine West

Data Privacy Officer,


Shrian Ramsamuj-1

Shrian Ramsamuj

Cyber Security Professional,

Grindrod Bank

Ken Chikwanha - Standard Bank

Ken Chikwanha

Executive Head of Data Governance: Personal & Business Banking,

Standard Bank

Alex Bowdler - Aspen Pharmacare

Alex Bowdler

IT Operations & Security Manager,

Aspen Pharmacare

Zaheera Ahmed - absa logo

Zaheera Ahmed

Group Head of Privacy,


Doug Kamukapa - SARS

Doug Kamukapa

Ops Specialist: Information Security,

South African Revenue Service

Lionel Dlamini - PSG

Lionel Dlamini

Senior Security Architect,


View All CISO Africa 2020 Speakers

Why Attend CISO Africa 2020?

CISO Africa 2020 offers several practical industry case studies, including  security strategy roadmaps, developing skills best practices and driving cultural change. However, what sets the conference apart are the dedicated discussion groups, which enable the audience to interact and participate alongside carefully selected facilitators who will share their experiences in an open forum. With a number of topics selected, you will be find striking similarities across sectors and gain real practical value in sharing of ideas, challenges and advice on over-coming the most frustrating problems we all face.

These are some of the strategic focus areas covered at CISO Africa 2020:

  • Creating influence in the business as security leaders: driving security culture that works
  • Articulating business value to the board: taking security beyond scare tactics to show positive financial growth
  • Identity & Access Management: from strategy to priority access
  • Zero Trust: how is this achievable at scale
  • Meeting the skills gap in security: more security team members vs better education
  • Working with GRC: why compliance is necessary from the start
  • Cloud security strategies, practicalities and challenges
  • Making DevSecOps a reality: who, how and why to do it
  • Security automation, AI and machine learning: what is real, and what isn’t
  • Privacy, confidentiality and customer security: why we are driven by the user experience
  • Lessons learned on mitigating attacks: proactively identifying internal and external threats
  • Breaking down third party vendor risk: from contracting to brand affinity, a shared experience on choosing the right security partners
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