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7th Edition

CISO Africa


26-27 October 2022
Century City, Cape Town, South Africa
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  • Day One - Wednesday 26th October
  • Day Two - Thursday 27th October
8:00am - 8:50am SAST
Registration & Networking
8:00am - 8:50am SAST
Chair's Opening Remarks
9:00am- 9:30am SAST
Presentation: Accelerating the evolution of cybersecurity: cloud as the foundational platform for transformation
  • Increasing cyber resilience for business value, CIO and CISO partnership
  • Digital assets with analytics that enhance real time threat detection capabilities
  • Automating operations for increased work productivity

       Aveena Mothilall, Chief Information Officer, Engen Petroleum

     Renaldo Jack, Head of Cyber Security, Engen Petroleum 

9.30am – 10.00am SAST
Presentation: Optimising performance with a cost-effective multi-cloud strategy
  • What are the key considerations for a successful multi- cloud strategy?  
  • Increasing your system's resilience with quicker recovery from DDoS attacks  
  • Design and deployment: determining the right cloud for the job 
10.00am – 10.45am SAST
Panel Discussion: Cloud computing and OT transformation: assessing the security implications of OT and IoT
  • How to effectively assess security implications given the increased reliance on IoT and OT 
  • What approaches to zero trust are being taken to mitigate risk as more devices are connected to the corporate network (especially with increase in WFH)?
  • Coupling IOT and OT for peak performance by monitoring hardware and software irregularities


   Prasanna Kumar Burri, Group Chief Information Officer, Dangote Group

    Daniel Adaramola, Founder, Young CISO Network; and Head, IT & Business Continuity Risk, Unity Bank Plc. 

    Devanathan Naidoo, CIO/CISO, NDC Corp 

    Vusi Sithole, DevSecOps Lead, Sasol

   Chris Gatsi, IT Governance, Risk and Compliance Specialist, SASRIA SOC Limited 

10.45am – 11.15am SAST
Networking Break
11.15am – 11.45am SAST
Presentation: What can understanding industry 4.0 do for the business?
  • Improving operational efficiencies and quality while focusing on service-based offerings and hyper-personalisation 
  • Investing in data analysis and technical infrastructure that facilitates connectivity
  • Focusing on skills and training that promote adaptability and critical thinking for increased operational excellence

    Ilona Simpson, Chief Information Officer- EMEA, Netskope 

11.45pm – 12.30pm SAST
Panel Discussion: Outpacing disruption- leveraging GRC for 360° situational awareness of risk
  • What steps are in place to ensure the continued prioritization of cyber security and data protection?  
  • Integrating 3rd party risk intelligence architecture with the ability to map assessments, policies controls, reports and processes
  • Removing IT as the bottleneck and realizing improvements in automation of workflow and self-service (password-reset, access request, etc.) 


   Joel Kazoba, Head of Cyber Security, Vodacom 

    Amenyo Lotsu, Global Lead for Information Security Governance Risk and Compliance, M-KOPA 

   Faheem Ali, Chief Risk Officer, Musoni Microfinance Ltd 

   Bramley Maetsa, Head of Delivery Enablement, Sasol

   Cyrus Kamau, Chief Information Officer: Security Policy, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) 

12.30pm – 1.00pm SAST
Presentation: Exploring how early preparedness can mitigate cybercrime in DevSecOps
  • Does a developer-first approach result in a high-quality software application and a healthy system? 
  • Hardwiring security into the process by including a sequential testing protocol 
  • Implementing a fail-fast policy over a reactive one to stay ahead of security issues  
1.00pm – 2.00pm SAST
Networking Lunch Invite-Only Roundtable


2:00pm - 2:30pm SAST


2:30pm – 3:15pm SAST
Panel Discussion: Women in cybersecurity: creating a dynamic power balance to secure the information security future
  • Understanding the imbalance and navigating the challenges 
  • In what ways can we lead, manage, and develop a secure infrastructure that creates inclusivity? 
  • Future-proofing the next generation of women in technology 


   Omeshnee Naidoo, Director: Information Systems and Technology Corporate Services, City of Capetown

   Roanleigh Thambiran, Head Retail Banking - Security, Access Bank

   Tshepiso Shabalala, Senior Manager: Cyber Security, Afrocentric

    Kgomotso Motshidi, Chief Innovation Officer, Crystal Partners & Former Managing Director, The Zora Group

3:15pm - 3.30pm SAST
Networking Break
3:30pm – 4:00pm SAST

Presentation: Securing your business for success: how SMEs can thrive in a world of escalating cyber attacks

Presentation: Overseeing a secure platform development that ensures secure business digitization

  • Developing a security strategy that helps you understand the digital assets that require protection
  • Maintaining public trust and staying compliant by implementing an incident response plan
  • Effectively identifying partners to help you deploy security information and event management (SIEM) systems
4:00pm – 4:30pm SAST

Presentation: Talent development and the demand for new skills: how to structure your team optimally

Presentation: Effective security awareness: principles for behaviour design

  • What are the best practices in attracting and retaining successful talent?
  • Selecting the acquisition process that maximizes impact and ROI for each skill
  • Tips on enhancing your team's diversity and inclusivity


    Romaric Sia, Group Chief Information Security Officer, UBA

4.30pm – 5.30pm SAST
Discussion Groups

Discussion Group 1A - How are you managing software supply chain security risks?

Discussion Group 1B - Organizing for resilience: anticipating attacks with threat intelligence

  • What are the trends in supply chain risk management?
  • What to consider when choosing components for maximum risk mitigation
  • Which best practices can organizations adopt to discover and remediate security issues?

     Justin Williams, Executive: Group Information Security Officer, MTN 

   Bramley Maetsa, Head of Delivery Enablement, Sasol 


  • How are you defining and managing “resilience” in your organization?
  • In what ways can organizations ensure business continuity and minimize the ramifications of cyber-attacks through threat intelligence
  • Why do we need to prioritize cyber resilience over cybersecurity this year?

   Muyowa Mutemwa, Senior Cybersecurity Specialist, CSIR

5:30pm SAST
Networking Drinks & End of Day 1
08:00am - 08:50am SAST
Registration & Networking 
08:50am - 09:00am SAST
Chair's Opening Remarks
9.00am – 9.30am SAST
Presentation: Reimagining the African cyber order: boosting resilience for a digital-first continent
  • Improving data protection and online privacy by fostering responsible cyber culture  
  • Incorporating cybersecurity into government initiatives to prevent and respond to cyberattacks  
  • Establishing legal frameworks that are key to regulate the use of cyberspace
  • What lessons can be learned from global cyber security trends?  

    Ayanda Peta, Chief Information Security Officer, African Rainbow Minerals 

9.30am – 10.00am SAST
Presentation: Boosting productivity with AI without compromising security
  • Investing in autonomous response tech that responds to threats in seconds  
  • Activating multi-factor authentication to prevent phishing attacks   
  • Staying ahead of the threat and increasing the proficiency and efficiency of your staff and business 
10.00am – 10.45am SAST
Panel Discussion: Enhancing your existing IT infrastructure with AI and machine learning to improve overall security
  • Investing in AI/ML skills to build custom security solutions
  • In what ways are threat actors leveraging AI/ML to strengthen and expand their attacks, and how can we use the same technologies to defend against them?
  • Prioritizing efforts, quantifying risks and visually understanding threats by relying on data-driven outcomes


    James Yogo, Head of Cyber Security, Safaricom

    Sithembile Songo, Group Head: Information Security, Eskom Holdings 

    Steve Uma, CIO & Head, Information Services and Technology, NSIA Insurance Limited 

   Ishaaq Jacobs, Chief Cyber Security Officer (CISO), Sasol

10.45am – 11.15am SAST
Networking Break
11.15am – 11.45am SAST
Presentation: Softening the blow: improving the security posture of your organization for protection from threats
  • Implementing an end-to-end security posture strategy instead of fragmented tools to combat vulnerabilities 
  • Aligning business objectives and goals to the security requirements  
  • Is automation the only key to successfully warding off hackers?  
11.45am – 12.30pm SAST
Panel Discussion: Cyber security opportunities, obstacles and best practices in Africa today
  • Identifying and addressing cyber vulnerabilities 
  • Formulating an operational coordination roadmap for cyber incidents  
  • HMI/SCADA Dangers & Cyber security Strategies
  • IoT and cyber security for smart buildings 


Faheem Ali, Chief Risk Officer, Musoni Microfinance Ltd.


  Cyrus Kamau, Chief Information Officer: Security Policy, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI)  

 Dr. Fene Osakwe, Director, Group IT- GRC & Strategy, IHS Towers

12.30pm – 1.00pm SAST
Presentation: Unified endpoint security as a shield for connected devices
  • Why do endpoints connected in a network pose such a security threat and what are the solutions? 
  • Embedding endpoint security into the network from the start to improve productivity and efficiency 
  • What measures can be taken to enhance visibility and provide protection  
1.00pm – 2.15pm SAST
Networking Lunch Invite-Only Roundtable


2.15pm – 2.45pm SAST

Presentation: Zero- trust and the convergence security driven networking

Presentation: The essentials of countering cyber security incidents: a practitioner's guide

  • How to address the most critical unit for a zero-trust security posture
  • Securing cloud-based workloads against potential targets
  • What is the impact of the convergence of networking and security on hybrid IT infrastructure?
2.45pm – 3.30pm SAST

Panel Discussion: Securing the digital economy: addressing the rising need to reinforce online privacy

Presentation: Evaluating security maturity: where are you today, where is the business heading tomorrow?
  • Modernizing cyber security infrastructure to protect the digital future
  • Leveraging comprehensive security to promote productivity and continuity
  • Adopting policies and guidelines that maximize online privacy and reduce exposure to vulnerabilities

Speakers :

   Jordan Seke, CRM Officer & CX Specialist, Wits University 

3.30pm - 4.00pm SAST
Networking Break
4:00pm - 5.00pm SAST
Discussion Groups

Discussion Group 2A - How are you budgeting for cybersecurity?

Discussion Group 2B - Will digital identity offer us greater convenience and security in the future?

  • What is the priority in your budget?
  • How are you maximizing your budget in the age of many threats and attacks?
  • How are you showing value for the tools you invested and are yet to implement?
  • What are the new approaches to digital identity and what do they promise?
  • How do we prepare for some of the potential challenges to security and usability on an operational level?


    Mandla Mbasane, General Manager: Cybersecurity, National Housing Finance 

   Jordan Seke, CRM Officer & CX Specialist, Wits University

5:00pm SAST
Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Conference