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Sandro Bucchianeri

Absa group chief security officer

Sandro Bucchianeri is an award-winning, globally experienced security executive with over two decades of cyber security experience, with the last 12 years at the executive level (CISO and CSO).In these positions, he has worked with large multi-national organisations. He has managed globally dispersed teams and successfully delivered strategic, transformational programmes virtually. Apart from his Risk & Securities and Legal & Compliance nous, he is an innovator and strategically-minded leader at heart. Sandro is innately curious and a lifelong learner. As such, he boasts a track record of continuous learning, including a list of cyber security and risk management qualifications, including an MSc in Information Security. Sandro is uniquely able to inspire the confidence of both technologists and business stakeholders equally, all the while bridging the divide between CIOs and CISOs through his pragmatic approach to risk management. As a recognised thought and transformational leader in cyber security, Sandro is called on as a speaker and collaborator across the world, and plays an integral role in the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity and the Payment Card Industry’s (PCI) Board of Advisors.


MalwareJun 18, 2021

Shoring up defences amid increasing data exposure threats

While vigilance remains everyone’s responsibility, the CSO’s role is continually expanding to incorporate a deeper understanding of the human psyche.

SecurityFeb 2, 2021

Cyber security requires non-stop learning

As new skills are critically important to remaining relevant and impactful in the cyber security space, a culture of lifelong learning must be embedded.

Cloud ComputingOct 7, 2020

Taking security along on the M&A journey

Both acquisitions and de-mergers present companies with an opportunity to revisit their cyber security landscape.


Tackling the cyber security gender imbalance

Women are underrepresented in the global cyber security profession, even though women matter in cyber security because of the way they view and deal with risk.


Can cyber skills help alleviate poverty?

The more people we equip with technology knowledge and capability, the more opportunity for employment and business growth.

MalwareMay 4, 2020

Three ways coronavirus is impacting cyber crime

Sophisticated cyber criminals are taking full advantage of the prevailing fear, uncertainty and doubt around the pandemic to gain financially.


Six steps to a seamless cloud security journey

With where we find ourselves today in relation to COVID-19, the urgency to move to the cloud has never been greater.