Susan Potgieter, Head: Strategic Services, SABRIC

Susan Potgieter

Head: Strategic Services, SABRIC

Susan heads up Strategic Services at SABRIC, a non-profit company created by the banking industry to support them in their fight against organised crime. She has been instrumental in visioning and facilitating the implementation of multiple interbank crimecombating initiatives including the establishment of Banking industry CSIRT as the first private sector CSIRT in South Africa.
She regularly engages with key stakeholders in government and the private sector to explore opportunities to collaborate with the banking industry in the fight against crime. Susan represents SABRIC and its members on various forums and participates in several national initiatives aimed at creating cyber resilience in the financial services sector.
An attorney by profession, Susan holds a LLM in Corporate Law and has worked with the banking industry in various capacities over the past 28 years.

Susan Potgieter 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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