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The Public Technologist

Issue 09, H2 2020

If nothing else Covid-19 has given usthe opportunity to do something wewouldn’t normally do.
What has been referred to as the ‘newnormal’ will become the ‘norm’.Now is thetime to reinvent, rebrand, and rebuild as weuse it as a catalyst for innovation. We havethe opportunity of re-setting operations asthe world around us changes
In taking action, we create results, andit’s about developing an innovative gameplan for success in real time, opening upbetter ways of working to unlearn, relearn,and break through.
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By thinking strategically we will comeout stronger on the other side.
The response to the Covid-19 pandemichas accelerated digital transformation and amplified the associated challengesfor senior decision makers – especiallychallenges around governance, remoteworking, and cyber security. Prior to thepandemic, digitalisation was identified asa pillar that will support the future digitaleconomies in South Africa. The NationalDevelopment Plan 2030 published in 2012emphasises how ICT will underpin thedevelopment of a connected informationsociety and a vibrant knowledge economythat is more inclusive and prosperous.
As South Africa moves into the next phaseof Covid-19 how is the Public Sector goingto tackle the new cyber security challenges?We have had the work from home scenario,but how will cyber security in the Public
Sector be affected if it adopts a semi-remoteworking environment between working athome and the office. How will this impacton cyber security as employees move theircomputers between more secure cyberdefences at the office and the not so secure cyber defences at home?How is it copingwith educating its employees working fromhome in the importance of cyber securityand how to ensure they do not fall victim tophishing attacks among others?
How does the Public Sector CIO expecttheir relevant sector to change goingforward? Will it be much different fromhow it was in 2020? How are you going toensure it does not affect service deliverybut improves it? What key lessons have youlearnt this year that can and will assist youmoving forward in 2021 and beyond, whichcan also be shared with other departmentswithin the Public Sector?
All this and more are discussed in thisissue.

Happy reading!

Simnikiwe Mzekandaba
Editor

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