Enhancing Africa’s Cybersecurity Posture

The THREAT 2019 summit presents a unique opportunity for researchers, industry professionals and government leaders to share ideas and best practice towards enhancing ‘Africa’s Cybersecurity’ posture. The summit will be held over two days in June 2019 and will comprise six plenary sessions in which perspectives from cybersecurity researchers, professionals and government will be shared.

About Threat

Official Proceedings

When and Where

Wednesday and Thursday
26-27 June 2019

HBConnect, Sandton.

THREAT2019 Themes

Cybersecurity is a complex global problem that requires rapid responses from organisations and governments and a proactive, holistic and flexible leadership approach. The cybersecurity discipline includes technologies, policies, procedures, practices and culture designed to secure the organisations and countries and the information it controls. This session introduces the scope of the Cybersecurity domain, illustrate the broad sociological, technical and cultural aspects of cybersecurity by introducing three key debates in the domain.

As technology evolves so does the sophistication of cyber-attacks. Cybersecurity solutions quickly become ineffective as the threat landscape evolves. Proactive cyber-defence utilising AI represents potential solutions to the evolving cyberthreat landscape. Technological advancements driven by the IoT and 4IR bring significant benefits for businesses and consumers. However, these digital disruption place pressure on cybersecurity solutions as cybercriminals exploit emerging technologies. Agile cybersecurity solutions are necessary.

Today cyber threats affect the fabric of social life, as trust, confidentiality and privacy can be trampled upon as a result of cyber-attacks. The way it affects societies, cultures, religions and demographics may differ significantly in scope and severity.

The number of firms offering digital financial services is booming with many having some level of protection and others less so. Fintech is at the forefront of the transformation in the financial industry and is transforming the way we exchange value transacting cyberspace and the security and safeguarding for ownership of assets and data is becoming increasingly important.

Legislation relating to the protection of personal information and data privacy exist or are in development in many countries. In South Africa for example the passing of the POPIA and the imminent promulgation of the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity bill provides the legislative framework for the protection of cyberspace in South Africa. Additionally, South Africa’s National Cybersecurity Policy Framework (NCPF) places obligations on sectors to create a collective capability envisaged as sector Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs). The operationalisation of these national and sector CSIRTs are the coal face of Cybersecurity. While CSIRTs are the accepted strategy for South Africa to address cybersecurity, many countries approach this differently. These methodologies are effective to different degrees. In this session these strategies and their effectiveness will be interrogated with a view to understanding their role in regulating public discourse and business behaviour.

The increasing integration of technology into the everyday lives of consumers presents prime opportunities for criminals. It is not clear whether consumers understand the security risks posed by personal and integrated computer devices.

THREAT2019 Speakers

Speaker 4

Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Minister of Communications

Speaker 4

Mark Thomas

VP Cybersecurity for Dimension Data Group

Speaker 4

Sunil Varkey

Symantec CTO & Strategist for emerging regions

Speaker 4

Professor Michael Goldsmith

Director, Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre.

Speaker 4

Mr Pradeep Maharaj

Group Executive: South African Reserve Bank

Speaker 4

Melissa Hathaway

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Speaker 4

Zubin Chagpar

AWS Head of Middle East and Africa, Public Sector Business

Speaker 4

Emilar Gandhi

Facebook Public Policy Lead for the SADC Region

Speaker 4

Dr. Kumi Naidoo

Secretary General, Amnesty International

Speaker 4

Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg

Speaker 3

Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Executive Director CSIR Modelling and Digital Science

Speaker 4

Given Shingange

Director of the Institute for Defence, Security and Intelligence. He is also the Non-Executive Director of AvumaTech

Speaker 4

Susan Potgieter

Head: Strategic Services at SABRIC

Speaker 3

Minju Oh

Master of Ceremonies

Speaker 4

Francesca Spidalieri

Senior Fellow, Salve Regina University

Speaker 3

Dr. Arif Ismail

Head of Fintech, South African Reserve Bank

Speaker 1

Danny Myburgh

Managing Director, Cyanre

Speaker 2

Pria Chetty

Founder & Non-Executive Director, Endcode

Speaker 3

Sizwe Snail

Director, Sizwe Snail KA Mtuze Attorneys

Speaker 3

Andrew Chester

Managing Director, Ukuvuma Security

THREAT2019 Schedule

Here is our event schedule

Detailed schedule will be made availible soon.


Breakfast, Tea and Coffee to be served.

Session One

The Emerging Cybersecurity domain

Session Chair: Prof. W Claassen

Research papers and panel discussion

Paper 1:Shingange and Masombuka

Paper 2:Lubua and Pretorius

Tea and Coffee

Networking Session

Session Two

Emerging technologies – emerging threats

Session Chair: Dr. K Pillay

Research papers and panel discussion

Paper 1:van Niekerk and Ramluckan

Paper 2:Phahlamohlaka


Networking Session

Session Three

Privacy, Security and the Social impact of cybersecurity, and measuring cybersecurity effectively

Session Chair: Dr. Jackie Phahlamohlaka

Keynote Lecture

Prof. Michael Goldsmith

Keynote Lecture

Emilar Gandhi

Networking Session

Cocktail Reception


Breakfast, Tea and Coffee to be served.

Session Four

Fintech and the exchange of value

Session Chair: Prof. M Maharaj

Research papers and panel discussion

Paper 1:de Villiers and Calitz

Paper 3:Ajayi and Maharaj

Tea and Coffee

Networking Session

Session Five

National, regional & international legislative frameworks

Session Chair: Dr. U Singh


Networking Session

Session Six

DFIR – Digital forensics & Incident response & Defence in depth

Session Chair: Dr. L Abrahams

Keynote Lecture

Mr. Danny Myburgh


Research papers and panel discussion

Paper 1:Akandwanaho and Kooblal

paper 2:Veerasamy

Conference awards and closing remarks

Event Venue

Event venue location info and gallery

HB CONNECT Conference and Event Centre, Sandton



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