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Cyber Security Symposium Africa 2021

Cyber Security Symposium Africa

It was a pleasure to be part of “Cybersecurity Symposium Africa 2021” this year again. Since 2017 I truly enjoy to be part of your community.

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Building the human firewall

COVID-19 continues to impact the way organisations are functioning. While some organisations have returned full-time to the office, there are many that have either opted for the hybrid approach in that their staff can work at the office and remotely or are still working full-time remotely.

This way of working puts greater pressure on organisations to protect their networks and digital assets. It is no secret that cyberattacks are increasing and becoming more sophisticated. So, while organisations have put the necessary security measures in place, it is up to each of us to take responsibility for protecting the networks and digital assets that we use and have access to, to prevent it from being compromised.

Getting our defence line in order

Security companies have seen a definite increase in cybercriminals attacking individuals instead of organisations, except for ransomware attacks, as they know that if they gain access to a home network, they can easily access all the systems and services that it connects to.

This is why the Cyber Security Symposium Africa 2021 webinar series is placing a greater emphasis on the human firewall and ensuring that everything is done to prevent any form of cyberattacks.

CSSA 2021 will take place 10-11 November 2021. Over the two days we will have a range of security expertise sharing their knowledge and insights on a range of information and cybersecurity-related topics.

Focus areas

In line with this year’s theme, CSSA 2021 will address these topics:

For a detailed outline of each focus area, please have a look at our Speakers page.

CSSA 2021

Please save the date and look out for our invitation coming soon. Alternatively complete our early bird registration form.

  • Call for Speakers

    Complete our online form and share what your areas of interest are. We will review and contact you in due course for more information.

  • Sponsors & Exhibitors

    If you’re interested in sponsoring CSSA 2021, please contact us to find out what opportunities are available.

  • Registration

    Please complete our online form. A flat rate of R500.00 will be charged, allowing you to participate in as many of the available sessions as you’re interested in.


    Wednesday, 10 November 2021

    09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and introductions
    09:40 – 10:25 The APEC ICT Skills Framework Project – A cybersecurity perspective
    Dr Nick Tate
    10:30 – 11:15 Work from home
    Sikhumbuzo Mthombeni
    Sponsor: Dimension Data
    11:20 – 12:05 Ransomware: Proactive vs reactive response
    Dr Erdal Ozkaya
    12:05 – 12:30 BREAK
    12:30 – 13:15 Threat of the Internet (Child exploitation online)
    Captain Veronica Banks
    South African Police Services
    13:20 – 14:05 Ransomware: Before, during and after the attack
    Andrew Stone
    Sponsor: Pure Storage
    14:10 – 14:55 Inside the cauldron of fire
    Peter Allwright
    15:00 – 15:45 Hacking: How big and damaging is this wave?
    Munyaradzi Gudo & Stewart Wapwanyika


    Thursday, 11 November 2021

    09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and announcements
    09:40 – 10:25 Mitigating modern threats
    Ghamza Jacobs & Leon van Niekerk
    University of Cape Town
    10:30 – 11:15 An Honest talk with Executives on Cybersecurity, Privacy & Resilience (CPR) Risk
    Craig Rosewarne
    Wolfpack Information Risk
    11:20 – 12:05 Digital Extortion – Why ransomware persists
    Wicus Ross
    12:05 – 12:30 BREAK
    12:30 – 13:15 Managing cyber compliance when operating in a multi-jurisdictional context
    Peter Flynn – Libryo Ltd
    Sponsor: Inspired Marketing
    13:20 – 14:05 Embedding security behaviours in your organisation
    Associate Professor Jacques Ophoff
    Abertay University
    14:10 – 14:55 Transforming IT Security – Journey to SASE
    Arashad Samuels
    Sponsor: Cisco
    15:00 – 15:10 Conference closing


    CSSA2021: Get involved

    If you’re interested in sponsoring upcoming CSSA events or becoming an exhibitor at CSSA 2021, please contact us.

    Use this opportunity to raise your company’s profile.

    Sponsorship opportunity: Cyber Security Symposium Africa webinar series

    We are once again pleased to bring you another edition of the Cyber Security Symposium Africa webinar series, taking place 10-11 November 2021.

    Over the two days, we will have a range of local and international security experts sharing their knowledge and insights on our theme Building the human firewall.

    Event format

    The webinar series will once again take place via Microsoft Teams. It will entail 45-minute sessions where our speakers will highlight the work in their respective areas of expertise and provide insights and tips that attendees can adapt in their own workplace.


    We are currently in the process of inviting speakers and will announce our confirmed list via the conference website.

    Get involved

    The CSSA 2021 webinar series provides sponsors with the ideal platform to strengthen and develop relationships with the higher education sector, government, companies and organisations.

    Despite the event taking place online, sponsors will be able to

    • Share content with attendees via the Q&A functionality in Microsoft Teams. This could include snippets of information as well as URLs to more information
    • Have their logo displayed on the CSSA 2021 webinar series events page, invitations, delegate information packs and on each session’s welcome and thank you screens
    • Share promotional material via the CSSA mailing list:
      • Please note that this is only limited to one item per session
      • This will be included in the delegate thank you pack sent after each live event
      • Pre-event social media

    This sponsorship package is available at R6000.

    Should sponsors be interested in hosting a 45-minute webinar session, this is at an additional cost of R3000.

    Please contact the CSSA Conference Director, Penny Thompson, via phone 021 650 3012 or email [email protected], should you have queries or are interested in a sponsorship opportunity.

    Past events

    CSSA strives to bring together all those in the information and cybersecurity sectors to share their insights, network and identify new forms of collaboration. In the past, the event has been attended by:

    • Academics 

    • Chief Digital Officers

    • Chief Executive Officers

    • Chief Financial Officers

    • Chief Information Officers

    • Chief Information Security Officers

    • Chief Risk Officers

    • Law enforcement

    • Local, provincial, and national government officials

    • Network Administrators 

    • Network Analysts

    • Network Engineers

    • Penetration Testers

    • Policy & Decision Makers

    • Risk Analysts

    • Security Analysts

    • System Administrators


    These individuals represent the public and private sectors, higher education as well as research institutions.

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