Official Proceedings ISBN: 978-0-620-83179-6

26-27 June, Johannesburg

HBConnect, Sandton. About The Event

Enhancing Africa’s Cybersecurity Posture

The THREAT 2019 summit presents a unique opportunity for researchers, industry professionals and government leaders to share ideas and best practice towards enhancing ‘Africa’s Cybersecurity’ posture. The summit will be held over two days in June 2019 and will comprise six plenary sessions in which perspectives from cybersecurity researchers, professionals and government will be shared.

About Threat

When and Where

Wednesday and Thursday
26-27 June 2019

HBConnect, Sandton.

Registration Fees

Before the 30 April 2019

Standard registration: R5500
Academic staff: R5000
Verified Student: R4000

After the 30 April 2019

Standard registration: R6000
Academic staff: R5500
Verified Student: R4500

Register Here.

THREAT2019 Themes

Legislation relating to the protection of personal information and data privacy exist or are in development in many countries. In South Africa for example the passing of the POPIA and the imminent promulgation of the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity bill provides the legislative framework for the protection of cyberspace in South Africa. Additionally, South Africa’s National Cybersecurity Policy Framework (NCPF) places obligations on sectors to create a collective capability envisaged as sector Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs). The operationalisation of these national and sector CSIRTs are the coal face of Cybersecurity. While CSIRTs are the accepted strategy for South Africa to address cybersecurity, many countries approach this differently. These methodologies are effective to different degrees. In this session these strategies and their effectiveness will be interrogated with a view to understanding their role in regulating public discourse and business behaviour.

It is internationally acknowledged that end-user security awareness is a critical factor in ensuring an acceptable cybersecurity posture for organisations. The rapid expansion of access to high-speed always-on networks to an expanding base of unskilled users creates a serious problem for cybersecurity practitioners. Massive training and skills development and awareness initiatives are essential to address this problem.

The borderless nature of cybercrime makes prosecuting cybercriminals extremely difficult. There continue to be attempts at international treaties to police cyberspace, but with limited success. A discussion of international cybercrime incidents in relation to their prosecution will be discussed in this session.

Today cyber threats affect the fabric of social life, as trust, confidentiality and privacy can be trampled upon as a result of cyber-attacks. The way it affects societies, cultures, religions and demographics may differ significantly in scope and severity.

As technology evolves so does the sophistication of cyber attacks. Cybersecurity solutions quickly become ineffective as the threat landscape evolves. Proactive cyberdefence utilising AI represents potential solutions to the evolving cyberthreat landscape. Technological advancements driven by the IoT and 4IR bring significant benefits for businesses and consumers. However, these digital disruption place pressure on cybersecurity solutions as cybercriminals exploit emerging technologies. Agile cybersecurity solutions are necessary.

The increasing integration of technology into the everyday lives of consumers presents prime opportunities for criminals. It is not clear whether consumers understand the security risks posed by personal and integrated computer devices.

THREAT2019 Speakers

More to follow.

Speaker 4

Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Minister of Communications

Speaker 4

Zubin Chagpar

AWS Head of Middle East and Africa, Public Sector Business

Speaker 4

Mark Thomas

VP Cybersecurity for Dimension Data Group

Speaker 4

Melissa Hathaway

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Speaker 4

Dr. Kumi Naidoo

Secretary General, Amnesty International

Speaker 4

Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala

Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg

Speaker 3

Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Executive Director CSIR Modelling and Digital Science

Speaker 4

Prof. Bruce W. Watson

Speaker 4

Mr Pradeep Maharaj

Group Executive: South African Reserve Bank

Speaker 3

Dr. Lucienne Abrahams

Director, LINK Centre

Speaker 4

Emilar Gandhi

Facebook Public Policy Lead for the SADC Region

Speaker 3

Dr. Arif Ismail

Head of Fintech, South African Reserve Bank

Speaker 1

Danny Myburgh

Managing Director, Cyanre

Speaker 2

Pria Chetty

Founder & Non-Executive Director, Endcode

Speaker 3

Sizwe Snail

Director, Sizwe Snail KA Mtuze Attorneys

Speaker 3

Andrew Chester

Managing Director, Ukuvuma Security

THREAT2019 Schedule

Here is our event schedule

Detailed schedule will be made availible soon.


Tea and coffee to be served.

Session One

Cybersecurity, Privacy and the emerging legislative framework

Session Chair: Prof. W Claassen

Keynote Lecture

Melissa Hathaway

Keynote Lecture

Prof. Bruce Watson

Research papers and panel discussion

Tea and Coffee

Poster Session

Session Two

Cybersecurity skills, training and awareness

Session Chair: Dr. L Abrahams

Keynote Lecture

Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Keynote Lecture

Zubin Chagpar

Research papers and panel discussion


Poster session

Session Three

Legal and legislative frameworks to combat international cybercrime

Session Chair: Dr. K Pillay

Keynote Lecture

Ms Pria Chetty

Research papers and panel discussion

Focused workshop session

Cocktail Reception

Event Venue

Event venue location info and gallery

HB CONNECT Conference and Event Centre, Sandton


Technology Partner

Travel Partner

Marketing Partner