Advisory Board

Kris Budnik, Director, PwC Africa Kris Budnik Director, PwC Africa
Director, PwC Africa

Kris is the lead partner for PwC Cyber Africa, with 20 years' operational and advisory experience in the industry. Kris has led engagements in Information Security Architecture, Information Security Audit, Advisory and Consulting, and is a subject matter expert in IT and Cyber-Security, Vulnerability Management, IT and Security Governance, Data Privacy, as well as Systems Risk Management and ICT Compliance Management. In his professional capacity, working as a volunteer to the IT Governance Institute (ITGI), Kris has contributed to the development of the COBIT 4.1 Implementation guide, COBIT Control Practices, VALIT 2.0 as well as the VALIT Assurance guide. Kris also serves as a Board Subcommittee advisor on Cyber, as CISO, or as an advisor to the CISO, at a number of large and medium-sized retail and financial services institutions.

Kris Budnik, Director, PwC Africa
Dino Covotsos, Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems Dino Covotsos Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems
Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems

Dino Covotsos is the founder and CEO of Telspace Systems, a 100% South African-owned IT security firm, which started in 2002. Dino has many years of experience in the information security sector and has been involved in hundreds of information security projects worldwide. He is also a well-known presenter at international conferences, including Hack in the Box, Sector, H2HC, Defcon (Recon Village) and many more. Dino is also passionate about the information security community and is involved various community-based projects. He has several industry certifications, such as the OSCP, OSWP and CREST CRT.

Dino Covotsos, Founder and CEO, Telspace Systems
Gerhard Cronje, Head: Cyber and Information Security Unit, South African Reserve Bank Gerhard Cronje Head: Cyber and Information Security Unit, South African Reserve Bank
Head: Cyber and Information Security Unit, South African Reserve Bank

Gerhard has more than fifteen years of experience embedding information security and information risk in organisations. Gerhard holds a B.Com Honours degree in Informatics as well as the CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, CIPT and CRISC certifications. His experience includes heading up Information Risk (focusing on information security) at a large retail bank and IT Governance (including information security) at a stock exchange for a number of years. Gerhard currently heads up the Cyber and Information Security function for the South African Reserve Bank.

Gerhard Cronje, Head: Cyber and Information Security Unit, South African Reserve Bank
Kirsten Doyle, consulting editor, ITWeb Kirsten Doyle consulting editor, ITWeb
consulting editor, ITWeb

Kirsten Doyle has been involved in the ICT and information security arena for 20 years, working in various media and marketing roles. For the last 12 years, she has been an editor and journalist at ITWeb where she has covered information security extensively. In addition, she edits a weekly security newsletter for ITWeb, writes features and a security roundup month for Brainstorm magazine each month, and works closely with events, to sure each of ITWeb's events are well covered.

Kirsten Doyle, consulting editor, ITWeb
Winston Hayden, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC Winston Hayden Independent Management Consultant and Advisor
Independent Management Consultant and Advisor

Winston Hayden is a recognised industry expert in Information Security, Risk, Governance, Compliance and Assurance. Winston has over 20 year’s hands-on experience in the IT industry, across various sectors. He has worked with institutions such as Old Mutual, PWC, Nedbank, Zurich Insurance, Alexander Forbes, Telkom, Dimension Data, Anglo Platinum, EDS, Foster-Melliar, Analytix, Abbey National Bank UK, Gensec Bank, Hollard Insurance, the Auditor General of South Africa & the United Nations. He is a former President of ISACA South Africa and has been involved in the development of various international publications including COBIT and KingIII. Winston was also a member of the South African National Standards ISO Development Workgroup for IT Governance (ISO-38500) and IT Service Management (ISO-20000).

Winston Hayden, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC
Craig Rosewarne, Managing director, Wolfpack Information Risk Craig Rosewarne Managing director, Wolfpack Information Risk
Managing director, Wolfpack Information Risk

Craig is the MD of Wolfpack Information Risk - a South African firm established in 2011 that specialises in cyber threat intelligence, research, training, awareness and advisory services. A community of 9000+ information and cyber security specialists subscribe to their regular community updates. Craig has over 18 years of management experience in the fields of IT & cybersecurity. He is frequently invited to speak at events or provide opinion pieces via TV, radio and print/online media. His qualifications include an MBA, CISSP, CISM, CVE, ISO 27001 Lead Implementer & Auditor, ISO 27035 Lead Incident Response Professional, Certified ISO 27005 Risk and COBIT & ITIL trainer.

Craig Rosewarne, Managing director, Wolfpack Information Risk
Wicus Ross, Lead Researcher, SecureData Wicus Ross Lead Researcher, SecureData
Lead Researcher, SecureData

Wicus is currently the Lead Researcher at SecureData Labs. He is tasked with investigating industry events and trends, with the single purpose of understanding how these may affect business. Wicus uses his understanding and knowledge to advise customers and threat detection/hunting teams on the appropriate response given the threat or trend. His insights are often used to create new detection processes or tools. Wicus' current role builds on over a decade of experience working as a software developer at an e-commerce technology vendor. Wicus is a regular speaker at conferences and he enjoys conveying complicated technical concepts in ways that the audience can relate to. He is a graduate of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Wicus Ross, Lead Researcher, SecureData
Dominic White, Chief Technology Officer, SensePost Dominic White Chief Technology Officer, SensePost
Chief Technology Officer, SensePost

Dominic is the CTO at SensePost, an 18-year-old South African-born information security consultancy, specialising in penetration testing. He was previously a manager within the Security & Privacy Services division of Deloitte and holds an MSc from Rhodes University in computer security. He is actively involved in the South African security research community and has served on the technical advisory board of several conferences. He engages in his own research and has previously published work at various prestigious international security conferences such as Defcon, Hack in the Box, 44con, Derbycon and more. He regularly speaks and trains offensive and defensive security skills to governments and private companies worldwide. He can be found tweeting as @singe, or at the SensePost blog http://www.sensepost.com/blog

Dominic White, Chief Technology Officer, SensePost

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