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Jun 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.

Feb 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.

Oct 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.

Aug 7, 2020

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.

Jun 12, 2020

Can cyber skills help alleviate poverty?

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

May 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.

Sandro Bucchianeri
Absa group chief security officer

Sandro Bucchianeri is Absa group chief security officer. He grew up in the Cape Flats and, unlike many children from that area, had the opportunity later to study and work abroad. He has worked in the UK and the US, and travelled to over 50 countries across the globe in his role as a security consultant before joining Absa in 2017.

Bucchianeri has more than two decades of experience in the field of security information protection. Previous roles include group chief security officer at National Bank of Abu Dhabi and chief information security officer at Investec PLC. Earlier, Bucchianeri was CSO and global head of consulting at Sysnet Global Solutions.

He is a keen supporter of new business ventures, and is passionate about making a contribution to uplifting communities. He led Absa’s efforts in establishing the Absa Cyber Security Academy – a partnership with Maharishi Institute.

Bucchianeri is a member of a number of boards, including the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council advisory board, which also comprises representatives of Amazon, PayPal, Microsoft and Wal-Mart.

He has several international certifications in risk management and cyber security, in addition to a Masters Degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway University of London.