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Cybersecurity for the CFO

Managing internal cyber security procedures and external data threats

Registration Closed

25 July 2018


Cybersecurity is a continually evolving field, with threats coming from all over the world. For South Africa, cybersecurity is high on the political agenda too, with the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill being tabled in Parliament earlier this year. Added to this are the implications of the POPI Act, which is expected to come into force very soon now that the Information Regulator has been appointed.

Data is core to the digital business – it’s intelligence that can be turned into a business opportunity but it’s also the biggest business asset and target for cyber-attacks. However, there is a shortage of comprehensive plans in place in SA currently. The reality is that data is important and protecting it is a task that can no longer be postponed. Some 52% of data that should be protected isn’t, according to the International Data Corporation.

Organisations need to become more aware of the risks and get a clearer picture of their cyber security status. This latest CFO Talks discussion will look at these risks and explain to the CFO what a cyber security strategy should look like, the various cyber security technologies available and how to implement them to maximise efficacy and usefulness.




  Registration and refreshments


  Welcome address
  Prof. Raphael Mpofu, Acting Executive Dean, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership


  Opening remarks from the Chair
  Kris Budnik, Director/Partner, PwC


  Keynote address: The role of the CFO in mitigating cyber security risks 
  Gerhard Cronje, Head: Cyber and Information Security Unit, South African Reserve Bank

09h50   Moderator: Kris Budnik, Partner/Director, PwC
  Panellists: Boland Lithebe, Managing Executive, CyberTech, Altron
  Samresh Ramjith, Partner, Cyber Security, EY
  Dominic White, Chief Technology Officer, SensePost
  Dr. Manuel Corregedor, COO, Telspace Systems
  Professor Bobby Tait, Associate Professor, School of Computing, UNISA
  Wayne Theron, Manager Information Security, BankservAfrica

 Brunch and networking

11h15  Close
Venue: Sage Conference Centre, Woodmead
Date: 25 July 2018
Time: 08:00 for 09:00 – 11:15
CFO Talks - Kris Budnik

Kris Budnik, Partner/Director, PwC

Kris is the lead partner for PwC Cyber Africa, with 20 years’ operational and advisory experience in the industry. Kris has led engagements in Information Security Architecture, Information Security Audit, Advisory and Consulting, and is a subject matter expert in IT and Cyber-Security, Vulnerability Management, IT and Security Governance, Data Privacy, as well as Systems Risk Management and ICT Compliance Management. In his professional capacity, working as a volunteer to the IT Governance Institute (ITGI), Kris has contributed to the development of the COBIT 4.1 Implementation guide, COBIT Control Practices, VALIT 2.0 as well as the VALIT Assurance guide. Kris also serves as a Board Subcommittee advisor on Cyber, as CISO, or as an advisor to the CISO, at a number of large and medium-sized retail and financial services institutions.

CFO Talks - Boland Lithebe

Boland Lithebe, Managing Executive, CyberTech, Altron

Boland is the executive in charge of Altron’s cybersecurity solutions. He is a highly experienced ICT professional and business executive. He has consulted, advised and delivered information security projects in the financial services, telecommunications, resources and retail industries over a period of over 16 years.

He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has a BSc Information Technology degree from the University of Cape Town and a BSc Hons degree in Computer Science from the University of Johannesburg. He is currently pursuing his MSc degree in Computer Science with Wits University.

Before joining Altron, Boland was a Senior Manager at Accenture, leading the Southern Africa Information Security Practice for the firm. He has also held senior roles at Oracle and PwC, amongst others.

CFO Talks - Samresh Ramjith

Samresh Ramjith, Partner, Cyber Security, EY

Samresh is a Partner, leading the EY Africa Cyber Security practice. He has over 18 years of experience in the cyber security space and has worked with large financial services, telecommunications and public sector organisations across Africa. With a career rooted in system engineering, Samresh started his career in telecommunications – implementing value added systems for the major carriers in South Africa. He was soon fascinated with the way billing systems could be subverted which has led to a further 18 years of study and work in the cyber security field across sectors in Africa. Samresh is also a frequent presenter at conferences and shares knowledge actively as part of roundtable and focused events. As the EY Cyber Security Leader for Africa, he actively engages the African market with a view to improve cybersecurity capability for the protection of public & private enterprises.


CFO Talks - Dominic White

Dominic White, Chief Technology Officer, SensePost

Dominic is the CTO at SensePost, an 18-year-old South African-born information security consultancy, specialising in penetration testing. He was previously a manager within the Security & Privacy Services division of Deloitte and holds an MSc from Rhodes University in computer security. He is actively involved in the South African security research community and has served on the technical advisory board of several conferences.

He engages in his own research and has previously published work at various prestigious international security conferences such as Defcon, Hack in the Box, 44con, Derbycon and more. He regularly speaks and trains offensive and defensive security skills to governments and private companies worldwide.


He can be found tweeting as @singe, or at the SensePost blog


CFO Talks - Professor Bobby Tait

Professor Bobby Tait, Associate Professor, School of Computing, UNISA

Bobby received his D.Com in Applied Biometric network security from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2009. At RAU/UJ he lectured on various subjects for more than 10 years, including subjects relating to network and information security and biometrics. In 2012 he accepted a position at the University of South Africa (UNISA), where he is now heading an information security research team focusing on biometrics, cloud and network security in their Computer Science department. He often speaks on radio relating to information security and general IT concerns. Bobby has presented various keynote addresses at a number of international security conferences. Bobby often acts in an advisory capacity to South African banking groups and companies in industry on cyber security. Since 2016 he has been involved with a UK-based company for establishing an EOS block producer.

CFO Talks - Wayne Theron

Wayne Theron, Manager Information Security, BankservAfrica

Wayne has extensive ICT experience built up over 36 years in the industry, working in the financial and public sectors as well as for technology and service providers. He has more than 18 years’ practical experience, specifically in the fields of information security, governance, risk and compliance management. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), as well as a certified PCI Internal Security Auditor and PCI Professional.

CFO Talks - Dr. Manuel Corregedor

Dr. Manuel Corregedor, COO, Telspace Systems

Manuel is currently employed as the Chief Operating Officer at Telspace Systems. Manuel has a passion for information security and over the years has gained a significant amount of knowledge and experience in the both the technical (operational) and management areas of information security. Throughout his career he has been involved in information security-related research, training, awareness and advisory projects targeting industry sectors, large financial/government institutions, multinational organisations and SMEs. He has overseen a large number of projects, including but not limited to: implementing an Information Security Management System (ISMS); Incident Management; assessing organisations, identifying gaps and remediating the identified gaps. He was previously a full-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), where he specialised in the fields of Software Engineering and Information Security. He currently provides specialised and tailor-made training to different teams within organisations. Manuel also facilitates and speaks at numerous conferences as well as taking part in radio interviews and forming part of specialist panels.