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New cybersecurity pavilion for Securex 2019
March 2019, This Week's Editor's Pick, Cyber Security, News, Conferences & Events, Training & Education

Securex South Africa 2019 has announced that 4Sight Technologies, a subsidiary of an international holdings company focusing on investing in Industry 4.0 companies, has signed on as the official sponsor of the expo’s new Cybersecurity Pavilion.

“4Sight Technologies (previously Strategix), a member of the 4Sight Holdings Group, worked with us in 2018 to introduce the Securex Cyber Lab, which proved so relevant to many of our visitors that we’ve decided to go even larger in 2019,” says Sven Smit, portfolio director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. “This year, our focus on cybersecurity is going to be bigger, more engaged and hosted on the brand new Cybersecurity Pavilion.”

The pavilion will bring a zoned-in focus to the state of cybersecurity in South Africa, looking at the steps businesses are taking to confront the growing threats and at how companies, like 4Sight, are helping them protect their valuable business data.

“Cybersecurity is one of the largest threats any business faces in today’s digital economy and it seems local businesses are all in different spaces when it comes to prevention and management protocols,” says Deneys Minne, chief revenue officer at 4Sight Technologies.

He says that data integrity and sovereignty for a company is its livelihood, but all of this data is at risk if the organisation’s security strategy doesn’t include cybersecurity. This is most relevant when talking about big businesses that have been entrusted with personal customer information.

“Those that are aware are protective of this data, but there are a surprising number of people who don’t actually realise how prevalent cyber threats are, or how damaging they can be should they manage to break through the firewall,” explains Minne.

“Poor security practices inevitably lead to financial loss and reputational damage, which affects the entire organisation’s bottom line and credibility. Trust and loyalty are hard to replace and so taking measures to ensure best practice is now a non-negotiable.

“Our intention for the Cybersecurity Pavilion will be to offer a platform to demonstrate the types of threats we are currently facing, the challenges experienced by businesses wanting to increase security levels and preparedness, as well as the solutions available to those focusing on cybersecurity as part of their digital transformation journey.”

Aside from the existing free-to-attend Securex Seminar Theatre, visitors to the Cybersecurity Pavilion will have access to additional free talks by industry experts across a range of cybersecurity related topics, as well as one-on-one time with these speakers, who will be on-site throughout the exhibition. The talks will delve into various hot topics including ‘How to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks’, ‘A future without passwords’, and ‘Social engineering and the risk social media exposes’. Exhibiting companies on the pavilion will include AccTech Azure, 4Sight Technologies, Glovent, Ntsika Digital, DQS, and Dynamics Africa, amongst others.

Minne believes that there are sufficient solutions on the market to ensure a fair amount of protection, but says the question is whether people and businesses are making the right choices in securing themselves adequately.

“The Securex Cybersecurity Pavilion offers the platform for this type of investigation, as it will play host to a number of cybersecurity companies and experts who will be demonstrating various security solutions and apps,” adds Smit. “It is here that organisations can empower themselves to prevent, detect and respond to the cyber threats and attacks that, like it or not, businesses will be facing in the coming years,” he concludes

Securex South Africa 2019 will take place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 14 to 16 May 2019, and is co-located with A-OSH EXPO as well as – for the very first time – Facilities Management Expo 2019.

Visitors are able to register for attendance at no cost by visiting, gaining access to all three shows.

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