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Can you be ready for a breach?

By Kirsten Doyle
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If your business hasn’t been attacked yet, it's not a question of ‘if’ but of ‘when’ it will be.

ITWeb Security Summit 2021: 1-3 June

Book your seat now to get up to speed on cyber security trends, solutions and best practices – all without leaving your home or office. The event will feature more than 50 speakers, including six international keynotes, who will be sharing their knowledge and expert opinions with you.

Those who have suffered a breach understand only too well the chaos that can follow a cyber event, and how having an incident response plan in place can lessen the fallout.


An incident response plan ensures that should a security breach occur, the right personnel and procedures are in place to deal with it effectively. Having an incident response plan in place guarantees that a thorough investigation can take place to provide a targeted response to contain and remediate the threat.

Caroline Mouton, The IT Whisperer at Clearwood Consulting and Sharon Knowles, CEO of Da Vinci Forensics & CyberSecurity Specialists, will be presenting on “Cyber incident and data breach response planning – roles, coordination and engaging your staff”, at the ITWeb Security Summit 2021, to be held as a virtual event from 1 to 3 June

Mouton has a well-rounded CV with 25 years in systems development, IT service management and information governance consulting. She has worked with over 19 IT departments across four different countries. She has a BA degree in communications, an interest in business management and she was a member of the Compliance Institute of SA.

Knowles is a business leader with a background in diverse areas including digital business within both the public and private sectors. She started her career in retail as a trainee manager before moving into the digital world. She has an Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town and is busy completing a Masters of Management in Digital Business through the Wits Business School. 

During their presentation, Mouton and Knowles will discuss how to go about preparing for cyber-security incidents, as well as what an incident management and governance structure should look like.

They will also cover what a response team should look like, what cyber-incident frameworks can be leveraged, as well as ISO/IEC27701 guidelines for responding to personal information data breaches. 

Finally, they will tell delegates how to prepare staff and minimise risky staff behaviours during a breach.

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