Our Advisory Board provides high-level intellectual and strategic guidance to the team. It is designed to assist in driving unbiased yet knowledgeable dialogue on the constantly evolving infosec industry. The board members provide insight into the latest trends, breaking news, topical and relevant topics, as well as who the experts are both locally and internationally, on behalf of the Summit, and offer guidance into the overall structure, layout and programme development.

We are enormously grateful for their ongoing guidance and support.

The 2018 Advisory Board Members

Manuel Corregedor, COO, Telspace Systems Manuel Corregedor Chief operating officer, Telspace Systems
Chief operating officer, Telspace Systems
Manuel Corregedor, COO, Telspace Systems

Manuel Corregedor is COO at Telspace Systems. He has a passion for information security and, over the years, has gained significant knowledge and experience in both the technical (operational) and management areas of information security.

Corregedor has been involved in information security related research, training, awareness and advisory projects throughout his career, targeting industry sectors, large financial/government institutions, multinational organisations and SMEs. He has overseen a large number of information security projects, including but not limited to the following:

  • Implementing an information security management system;
  • Incident management; and
  • Assessing organisations, identifying gaps and remediating the identified gaps.

He was previously a full-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, where he specialised in the fields of software engineering and information security. He provides specialised and tailor-made information security training to different teams within organisations. Corregedor also facilitates and speaks at numerous conferences, as well as partaking in radio interviews and forming part of specialist panels. He has done a significant amount of research in the area of malware and anti-malware techniques. He holds the following degrees from the University of Johannesburg: BSc IT, BSc honour's in IT, and an MSc IT in the field of information security. He is currently completing his PhD in computer science in the field of information security focusing on malware. He also holds a number of information security related certifications.

Dino Covotsos, Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems Dino Covotsos Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems
Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems
Dino Covotsos, Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems

Dino Covotsos is founder and CEO of Telspace, a 100% South African-owned IT security firm, which started in 2002. Covotsos has many years of experience in the information security sector and has been involved in hundreds of information security projects worldwide. He is also a presenter at well-known local and international conferences, and is heavily involved in the security community worldwide. Covotsos is on the advisory board for the ITWeb Security Summit and has several industry certifications, such as the OSCP and OSWP.

Keiran Dennie, Senior team leader, Sensepost Keiran Dennie Senior team leader, Sensepost
Senior team leader, Sensepost
Keiran Dennie, Senior team leader, Sensepost

Keiran Dennie is a senior team lead at SensePost, a 17 year old information security consultancy based in SA and UK. Keiran graduated from UCT with a Masters' degree in Computer Science, specialising in Information Security. He has experience as a security consultant for a number of years and has branched out into providing a number of training courses, including leading SensePost's internship programme.

Winston Hayden, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC Winston Hayden Cyber security and enterprise risk management, Old Mutual
Cyber security and enterprise risk management, Old Mutual
Winston Hayden, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC

Winston Hayden is a recognised industry leader in the field of IT governance, risk, cyber security, compliance, privacy, assurance and service management. He is a former president of ISACA South Africa (the largest association representing IT governance, risk and security professionals in SA). During his tenure as president, the chapter was recognised as the Best Chapter Worldwide. Hayden has contributed towards various IT governance publications, most notably the King III Report on Corporate Governance and the COBIT 5 Governance Framework. Hayden is also a member of the South African National Standards ISO Development Workgroup for IT Governance (ISO-38500) and IT Service Management (ISO-20000).

Dr Jabu Mtsweni, Research Group leader for Cyber Defence, Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR)
Dr Jabu Mtsweni Research Group leader for Cyber Defence, Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR)
Research Group leader for Cyber Defence, Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR)
Dr Jabu Mtsweni, Research Group leader for Cyber Defence, Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR)

Dr Jabu Mtsweni has research interest and technical expertise in Internet of services, software and firmware reverse engineering, malware analysis, threat intelligence, Web security and general cyber warfare. He has over 13 years’ academic and industry experience and has published over 38 peer-reviewed conferences and journal papers/articles both in local and international forums. Mtsweni has also publicly presented and actively contributed at various technology forums over the years, such as at TEDx, SADC Cybersecurity Conference, IST-Africa, South African Institute for Computer Scientists, International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, and Information Technologists and International Information Security South Africa Conference. Mtsweni is also a co-organiser of Random Hacks of Kindness (Pretoria) and a member of the Suganang Foundation, focusing on human capital and capacity development in the ICT space. Over the years, Dr Mtsweni has received a number of research and excellence awards for his work, leadership and community engagement.

Nithen Naidoo,  CIO and co-founder, Snode Nithen Naidoo CIO and co-founder, Snode
CIO and co-founder, Snode
Nithen Naidoo,  CIO and co-founder, Snode

Nithen Naidoo, CIO and co-founder of Snode, has over 12 years of experience providing cyber security services in numerous countries, including the US, UK, Germany, the UAE, Nigeria, Vietnam and Egypt. He has been invited to speak at various conferences, such as The International E-Crime Forum, Information Security South Africa, Microsoft Security Conference and the ITWeb Security Summit.

Marc Silver, Head: Information Security, Discovery Holdings (PTY) Ltd Marc Silver Cyber security manager, Investec
Cyber security manager, Investec
Marc Silver, Head: Information Security, Discovery Holdings (PTY) Ltd

Marc Silver has been working in the information security field for roughly 15 years. With a strong background in *nix systems administration and development, Silver now heads up information security at Discovery, where he and his dedicated teams are kept away from direct sunlight.

Grant Thompson, General Manager Information Security Operations, MTN Group Grant Thompson General Manager Group Security Operations, MTN
General Manager Group Security Operations, MTN
Grant Thompson, General Manager Information Security Operations, MTN Group

Grant has over 16 years' experience in the Information Security industry and has been involved in security projects in Africa and Europe. His career spans various industry sectors including Financial Services, Internet Service Providers, Telecommunications and numerous disciplines such as Product Development, Architecture, Consulting, Incident Response and Forensics. He holds the following degrees/certifications BSc in Information Technology Management, National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, CISSP, SCF, GSEC, GCFE, CCNP Security, CCDA, CCSE.

Keitumetsi Tsotetsi, consultant, PwC Keitumetsi Tsotetsi Cyber security risk assurance consultant, PwC
Cyber security risk assurance consultant, PwC
Keitumetsi Tsotetsi, consultant, PwC

She takes part in cyber maturity assessments and advisory, user awareness programmes, penetration testing and social engineering for industries including financial services, public services, telecommunications, logistics and mining.

Tsotetsi is also a technologist at Geekulcha, which is a hub for young IT professionals to collaborate in developing IT solutions that provide efficiency in the business environment. She is responsible for Geekulcha's technological architecture, corporate identity and governance.

Maganathin Marcus Veeraragloo, Chief advisor, information security, Eskom Maganathin Marcus Veeraragloo Chief advisor, information security, Eskom
Chief advisor, information security, Eskom
Maganathin Marcus Veeraragloo, Chief advisor, information security, Eskom

A proactive, analytical and conscientious enterprise architect, enterprise security architect and solutions architect with over 20 years' IT experience in the education (North West University), insurance (Discovery Health), banking (Standard Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria, African Bank in Nigeria, BANKSERV), telecommunications (Cell C), public sector (The Department of Trade and Industry, Small Enterprise Development Agency), energy utility (Eskom), water utility (Rand Water), IT consulting (T-Systems South Africa and ATOS) industries.

Veeraragloo has a BSc honour's degree in computer science, and certification ranging from TOGAF, SABSA and ITIL.

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