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Cybersecurity Symposium UCT 2021 – Opportunity to learn

Cybersecurity Symposium UCT

And its the time of the year , one of my favorite Cybersecurity events that I speak with proud every year : University of Cape Town Cybersecurity Symposium Africa 2020. The good news for you that it will be online this year (not free) , bad news for me is, not visiting the wonderful city Cape Town.

My day keynote “Building Culture of Cybersecurity for everyone in the Age of Cybercrime”  will be at 20 October 2020, but the event will be running from October 19-23. Below are the details for my Keynote and the full Symposium.

9: 00 AM  Cape Town South Africa  (SATS Time Zone , UTC +2)

12:00 PM  1: 00 PM    Dubai , Tel Aviv  7: 00 PM  Sydney , Australia

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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.


Cybersecurity in the times of remote working and COVID-19

The first Cyber Security Symposium Africa webinar series successfully took place 19-23 October 2020. The event, which was moved online due to COVID-19 and many individuals working remotely, focussed on Cybersecurity in the times of remote working and COVID-19.

2020 has seen a significant increase in cyber-attacks particularly targeted at remote working. Furthermore, cybercriminals are also exploiting COVID-19 by creating a range of phishing attacks to get people to share their log in details. There has also been an increase in fake news being spread and spoof websites being created aimed at getting people to take action.  UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

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Erdal Ozkaya at Cape Town university
Cybersecurity Symposium Africa

A sharper focus on cybersecurity

University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng told delegates to the Cyber Security Symposium Africa (CSSA) 2018 that the university has sharpened its focus on cybersecurity, in tune with an increase in cyber threats worldwide. The conference, held on upper campus this week, was hosted by UCT in partnership with Dimension Data and Cisco.

“Governments, institutions and companies across the world are all exposed to cyber threats. It is a reality and happens daily. To address this threat at the University of Cape Town, the UCT Council has agreed to make it a top priority at the university.

“This conference is one of our commitments to raise awareness and share knowledge about cybersecurity,” she said.

According to Phakeng, UCT was the first university in South Africa to establish a Computer Incident Response Team, in June 2016. The four-member team resides within the university’s Information and Communications Technology Services (ICTS) department.

ICTS also compiled the university’s Cybersecurity Strategy, which focuses on four components: to measure, protect, educate and respond.

Phakeng said UCT was also the first university in Africa to be affiliated with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a global umbrella organisation for computer and network systems security.

“I am proud of what we have done with regards to cybersecurity. Over time I also look forward to learning more about what other higher education institutions, government and companies are doing to address this issue,” Phakeng told the CSSA delegates.

She announced that UCT will host the International Alliance of Research Universities’ Cybersecurity Forum next year. UCT was represented at the forum this year, together with university counterparts from Singapore, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Zurich, as well as universities in Australia and South Africa.

Cyber Security Symposium Africa 2018

Global cyber-attacks such as Wannacry, have once again highlighted the need for having security measures in place to ensure that your data and organisation is secure.

With the Cyber Security Symposium Africa’s (CSSA) theme for 2018 being the Future is Now, our featured speakers, will address Gartner’s top cybersecurity trends. These include skills shortage, cloud, and a shift to detection and response.

The symposium will once again bring together those in the security field to share knowledge and ideas, and identify possible collaborations.

Please contact the CSSA 2018 organising committee via email at [email protected], should you have any questions. Alternatively, visit the CSSA website,, for the latest information, developments and news.

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 – 09:00 to Thu, 12 Jul 2018 – 17:00

New Lecture Theatre, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

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CSSA 2018 organising committee