Mike Silber, General Counsel and Group Head: Regulatory, Liquid Telecom

Mike Silber

General Counsel & Group Head: Regulatory, Liquid Telecom

Mike is a South African lawyer and of Group Head Regulatory of the Liquid Telecom Group. He has been involved in a number of local, regional and international fibre deployments in some of the most challenging environments. Mike has served on the Boards of a number of Internet Infrastructure related entities, including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the South African Internet Service Providers’ Association, the FTTX Council Africa, the .za Domain Name Authority and the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa and the Governance Committee of the African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC).

Mike Silber will be speaking on the following topic:

Panel discussion Assessing SA's national cyber risk 'thermometer' - what is our national risk level and how prepared are we in the case of an attack?

The probability and impact of cyber-attacks was rated as the top man-influenced risk facing countries and organisations in the recent 2018 World Economic Forum Global Risks Landscape report. The health, safety, security, economic well-being of citizens, effective functioning of government, and perhaps even the survival of the industrialised world, relies heavily upon interconnected critical systems. A country may experience widespread disruption or even loss of human life if these systems become inoperable. South African organisations responsible for critical infrastructure need to have a consistent and iterative risk-based approach towards identifying, assessing and managing cybersecurity risk. During this facilitated discussion, Craig will engage with key public and private sector stakeholders to discuss:

  • The current cyber risk challenges facing SA
  • Who are the main public and private institutions accountable at a national level?
  • What is the current state of our country's readiness to mitigate these threats?
  • Proposed initiatives and timelines and possible opportunities for joint public/private partnerships

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