CISO Directory 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has made people acutely aware of external threats to their normal work and home life. Many professionals have been forced to work from home offices. With this comes the realisation that traditional security measures are no longer adequate to protect against modern cyber threats.

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While in the past, the role that a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) plays within an organisation might have been under-appreciated, working from home has brought the realisation that a company’s network infrastructure is only as strong as those defending it.

Business models are changing; they have to. Many are transforming to be a hybrid of old and new technology, utilising the best of both.

Some things do stay the same, however – multi-pronged cyber attacks, for instance. The biggest headache for the CISO is probably somebody like me: working from home on a network whose perimeter might be vulnerable to an attack.

This might be a good time to consider this statement by Deloitte: “While the world is focused on the health and economic threats posed by Covid-19, cyber criminals around the world undoubtedly are capitalising on this crisis. Our Cyber Intelligence Centre observed a spike in phishing attacks, MalSpams and ransomware attacks.”

ITWeb Brainstorm has been publishing the CIO Directory for over a decade and we felt that the CISOs were finally gaining the representation and recognition they deserved in the organisation. Which is why we are very proud to bring you the CISO Directory, offering a glimpse into the world of this VIP in any business or organisation.

When the state of disaster was announced in South Africa in March, our team was already in full swing with this directory – perfectly timed to highlight the vital work being done by CISOs on the frontline.

What became very clear to us as we touched base with those profiled, was that this is an incredibly busy time for CISOs and that the relevance of this directory cannot be overstated.

In this, our first edition, we asked CISOs the following: what do they consider their number-one priority and challenge, their security strategy in relation to that, their reporting structure, and what do they believe the future of cyber security or the threat landscape will be? And, finally, what do they perceive to be the biggest cyber security threat South African enterprises face. The answers make for fascinating and enlightening reading!

It was wonderful to steer this project, which would not have been possible without the dedicated ITWeb team. I would like to thank the following for making this project a reality: Patricia Czakan, Caryn Berman, Masha Regasek, Ranka Jovanovic, Sindiso Khupe, Achante Swanepoel, Lizzie Mangwiro, Xolile Mbusi, Carmel Singh, Moréna Gaud, Adrian Hinchcliffe, our sponsors and advertisers and, of course, South Africa’s CISO community.

Happy reading!

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