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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

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 

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

10.45am – 11.15am SAST
Networking Break
11.15am – 11.45am SAST
Presentation: Digital transformation: why CIOs and CISOs should join forces to drive business outcomes

For a concept that represents literally nothing, “Zero Trust” is absolutely everywhere. With digital transformation across all sectors, company sizes and geographies accelerated by the sheer necessity over the past 2 years (be it enforced lockdowns and hybrid working in response to the pandemic or dealing with supply chain disruptions and with geopolitical threat, as well as the war in the recent weeks) came the realisation of urgent need to transform security. And “Zero Trust” became the representation of the new era of business agility, powered by digital, cloud and security transformation. In this eye-opening session, Ilona will candidly address challenges, opportunities and best practices when it comes to shaping collaboration of digital technology and security functions 


    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 

   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

Invitation only Roundtable:  How to make security an enabler and growth partner for business

   Ilona Simpson, Chief Information Officer- EMEA, Netskope


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, Managing Executive, Cherubim Capital

   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

   Tamara Mkula, Business Information Security Officer, Nedbank 

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


    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 


   Celia Mantshiyane, Chief Information Security Officer, MTN

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

  Megaree Naidoo, Enterprise Architect, AVBOB

   Tim Theuri, Executive Head of Cyber Security, M-PESA Africa 


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 – 3.10pm SAST

Presentation: Let's play: Gamification in security awareness 

Presentation: Evaluating security maturity: where are you today, where is the business heading tomorrow?
  • Transforming your training experience to motivate staff and promote productivity 
  • Motivating engagement and fostering a culture of security through competition 
  • Implementing flexible and customizable training for an enhanced learning experience  


   Glen Gillis, CEO, Sea Monster Entertainment 


3:10pm - 3:30pm SAST

Presentation: Prevent, detect and restore: The contribution of Blockchain in the new realm 


   Tunde Dada, Group Head IT/BCM, Inq.Digital 



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

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