Comrades Marathon 2012 – 15kms to go – the faces of winners

Posted on June 03, 2012

Comrades 2012

Comrades is somewhat a major event in KZN each year. Apart from being one of the biggest races in the world, it has a tradition. I recall going every year as a child to the race, a short 2km walk from our house, to support and watch the leaders coming through. I have memories of the route lined with people cheering on these amazing athletes as they came past at high speed, already having run 70km or more. The likes of Bruce Fordyce and Alan Robb. The image above is a collage of pictures I took this morning at just that spot. More of the pictures have been posted on Google Plus here.

Click through for details of who is in the pictures with links to their race details.

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Security Summit 2012 presentations now available

Posted on May 24, 2012

The IT Web Security Summit is the premier security event on the South Africa security conference calendar. IT Web has kindly made the presentations and recordings of the presentations available on their website. If you missed out or are simply looking for a re-cap of the great material, take a wander over to the ITWeb site and catch up.

This was one of the first security events that I have seen dedicate a presentation track to ERP/SAP Security. Check out the presentations by :

  • Juan Pablo Perez Etchegoyen Cyber-Attacks on SAP & ERP systems: Is Our Business-Critical Infrastructure
  • Chris John Riley SAP (in)security: Scrubbing SAP clean with SOAP
  • Ian de Villiers Systems Applications Proxy Pwnage
  • Marinus Van Aswegen Securing SAP

Link to IT Web Security Summit Downloads

Bring your own device (BYOD) : workplace mobility presentation

Posted on May 24, 2012

I was privileged to speak at this month’s ISACA KZN Chapter meeting held last Monday at KPMG’s offices in Durban. Thanks to Terence (the local chapter leader) for the invite.

My topic was around workplace mobility, focusing on implementation challenges and leanings experienced  within the workplace. For this presentation I tried something a little different, using Keynote on the iPad to develop and present the talk. This resulted in a slide deck that looks a bit different from my normal style, with far fewer words, more pictures and I hope a smoother flowing more natural presentation. At the same time, it’s probably a bit more difficult for somebody who wasn’t at the presentation to get a lot of value out of the slide deck. If you download it and have questions, please go ahead and ask. It is presented below as a PDF since so few have Keynote.

Presentation here : BYOD workplace mobility v2 (download the PDF)

ISACA Annual Conference 2010

Posted on August 30, 2010

Dates:   13 to 15 September 2010
Venue: Indaba Conference Centre, Fourways/Johannesburg

Over the last few years the ISACA SA Conference (#isaca2010) has drawn between 230 – 260 delegates. High profile local and international speakers provide delegates with insight into the latest developments in the IT, security and governance.  The 2010 conference has 3 streams of presentations and focuses on the latest strategies to address business, managerial, operational, auditing and security challenges associated with information technology and information systems. The conference topics are applicable to a wide range of attendees from CEO’s and CIO’s through security, audit, risk and IT professionals.

Follow @isacaza on twitter for #isaca2010 conference news and updates

Should you be interested in attending the conference use the online booking facility at the ISACA website or contact Nadine on

See you there for another great conference.

ZA WWW 2010 – 12th Annual conference on World Wide Web Applications

Posted on August 30, 2010

Date : 21 – 23 September 2010
Venue : Graduate School of Business, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Afria

The ZA-WWW2010 conference in Durban is multi-disciplinary event.  Researchers (academics and collueagues from industry) will represent the wide spectrum of human knowledge: with Web applications as the common denominator.

This year’s ZA-WWW conference will feature

  • Prominent keynote speakers
  • Multiple programme tracks covering e-Learning, Web development and e-Commerce
  • Peer-reviewed papers as well as invited presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Proceedings published in electronic format in the Conference’s website

Some of the speakers and topics include :

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ISPA and UniForum SA’s Annual conference, September 2010, Jhb #in

Posted on August 29, 2010

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA) and UniForum SA (the administrators) will be hosting their 9th iWeek annual conference from 15 – 17 September 2010 at Kloofzicht Lodge , Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, South Africa.

This premier event attracts speakers and attendees from a broad spectrum of the most important players in South Africa’s telecommunications industry. Representatives from Internet service providers, product resellers, network operators, telecom end-users, government, the ICT-focused legal fraternity and regulators will assemble at iWeek 2010 to discuss the latest challenges.

Read more about iweek here, take a look at the 3 day conference programme, the speakers, or head straight for registration.

I didn’t see a price anywhere, so this appears to be a free conference. Let me know if you hear otherwise.

Consulting Architecture Seminar hosted by @ComputerSocSA & Knotion in Jhb, 29 Sep 2010 #in

Posted on August 26, 2010

Host : Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) and Knotion Consulting –
Topic : Architecture Seminar
Date : Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Venue : Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Ilovo, Johannesburg.
Cost : Members R550, Non-Members R650
Credits : 3 CPD or LLL points to CSSA members


How well is “Architecture” in its broader ICT sense, understood in your organization? Is it properly deployed and utilized from both a technical and business perspective? Knotion Consulting and Computer Society South Africa have joined forces to bring you an informative half-day seminar which will look into some of these aspects in more depth. Three exciting speakers, each a specialist in his field, will give seminar attendees numerous, thought-provoking insights into certain aspects of the worlds of Enterprise and Software Architecture.

Read more here

Download booking form here

ISACA SA Chapter meetings in October (Dbn, Jhb, Pta) #in

Posted on August 25, 2010

Three of the ISACA chapters are having meetings in October. Details are below and will be updated as confirmation of speakers is obtained. Don’t forget the #isaca2010 conference in September.

KZN regional chapter meeting

  • Date : 7 October 2010
  • Venue : PKF Offices in Umhlanga
  • Topic : To be confirmed

Pretoria regional chapter meeting

  • Date : 14 October 2010
  • Venue : To be confirmed
  • Topic : To be confirmed

Johannesburg regional chapter meeting

  • Date : 26 October 2010
  • Venue : To be confirmed
  • Topic : To be confirmed

Confirmation of attendance

As always, please confirm your attendance with Nadine on 011-803 0803 or a few days ahead of time.

Upcoming ISACA chapter meetings in East London and Jhb #in

Posted on August 13, 2010

There are two chapter meetings coming up in East London and Johannesburg in the next few days. Hope to see lots of people there. I personally hope to attend the Jhb meeting, travel plans allowing.

East London

Date: 18 August 2010 at 2:30 pm
Venue: PricewaterhouseCoopers , Palm Square office park , Acacia House , Bonza Bay Rd , Beacon Bay

1) Andrew William Mpofu will be presenting: “Information Security as a strategic business asset”
2) Chris Knox will be presenting: “Information Security Risk Assessment methodologies”
3) Networking & Refreshments


Date : 24 August 2010  5pm Registration with the event starting at 5:30pm

Venue : PriceWaterhouseCoopers offices in Sunninghill, Johannesburg

1) Jason Gottschalk will be presenting on “Access Governance – The precursor to Identity and Access Management”.

2) Gerhard Hechter, PKF will be presenting on “Taking risks cleverly / Business intelligence”


To confirm attendance to either of these meetings please contact Nadine on 011-8030803 or


Lastly, congratulations to all those who wrote and passed CISA, CISM and CISSP. I believe results for all 3 were released today.

ZaCon call for papers closes 20th August 2010 (17 days folks)

Posted on August 03, 2010

Just a reminder that the free (low cost) security conference ZaCon is being held on Saturday 9th October 2010 at the University of Joburg.

The call for papers went out some time ago and closes on the 20th August. If you are interested in attending, diarise, if you have something to share then write up that abstract and send it through.

More details here

Security and ethics presentation to UKZN MBA class – copy of presentation

Posted on July 30, 2010

On Tuesday evening (27th July 2010) I did a presentation to the University of KwaZulu Natal MBA class. The presentation was rather enjoyable (from my perspective) and with all the questions and interactions with the class we spoke for around and hour and a half or so.We did go a bit over time for the normal end time for the lecture, so thanks to the class for their patience and thanks again for you attention and questions.

Attached is a copy of the presentation for anybody who is interested.

UKZN Graduate School of Business Seminar : Spiritual Intelligence at Work

Posted on July 27, 2010

Spiritual Intelligence at Work : improving integrity, vitality and productivity

The University of KwaZulu Natal’s Graduate School of Business is pleased to advise that Dr Richard Steele will present at a forthcoming Business Seminar addressing the topic: Spiritual Intelligence at Work – improving integrity, vitality and productivity.

The word “spiritual” derives from the Latin word spiritus, which means “that which gives life or vitality to a system”. Spiritual intelligence is the ability to find meaning and purpose in life, and a way of connecting with the underlying patterns of the universe and all within it. The use of the word spiritual in relation to intelligence has no necessary connection with institutional religion.

This seminar will examine questions such as:

  • How is spiritual intelligence (SQ) different from intellectual intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ)?
  • How can we increase our integrity and vitality by connecting with, exploring, and improving our spiritual intelligence?
  • How can spiritual intelligence contribute to organisational wellbeing and productivity?

Spiritual intelligence at work provides an organisational environment based on respect for life and openness to change. Alignment of core values with business practice leads to a more emotionally healthy working environment which increases staff loyalty, motivation, creativity and productivity and adds depth to the triple bottom line principles of environmental, social and financial sustainability.

Dr Richard Steele is a homeopath in private practice and a part-time lecturer in the Department of Homeopathy at the Durban University of Technology. He graduated from UCT in 1979 with majors in English and Psychology and a teacher’s diploma. Up until 1993, when he registered at DUT for his Master’s degree in homeopathy, he was a fieldworker for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, based in Durban. In that capacity he conducted many workshops and training events related to peace, justice, human rights and non-violent direct action.

Date: 19 August 2010
Time: 16h30 (1 hour)
Cost: R100.00 pp
Venue: GSB, UKZN Westville Campus

To Book Contact:
Ms Debbie Main: 031 260 1627,

Visualising twitter at Conferences / Interacting with the web

Posted on July 25, 2010

The ISACA South Africa Annual conference is coming up in a few months and I though it would be pretty cool if we could have some kind of real-time visualisations of what the twitterverse (or net) was saying about the conference.

So this morning I was reading up on how best to do this and the first article I came across was 5 Ways to Visualize Twitter at Events which was on the Event Manager Blog :

This starts by answering the questions “A lot of fuzz is being made about if tweets should be displayed at events or not. The answer is simple, Yes! And in a fancy way.” and then proceeds to list 5 options for methods/tools that can be used to achieve this, and gives some pro’s and con’s for each.

Based on this article and the followup comments I whipped through the tools to see what might be suitable and jotted down some of my own thoughts. These are still fairly preliminary and I need to do some more investigation into features being offered and the overall robustness of the solutions.

The 4 tools I took a look at were : visibletweets, wiffiti, twazzup and twitterfountain

The tool we use (if the concept is approved)  would probably run from a laptop with a projector attached and run in an unattended fashion. I wanted to be able to select a few keywords / #hashtags, have some kind of title (or instruction) on the page, be able to add a custom background, and have cool visualisations of the results. I suspect the display is also going to have to run over a 3G connection at the conference, so it will also need to be reasonably bandwidth friendly, but that will have to be tested at a later stage.

My thoughts based on this rough criteria for each of the  options is briefly noted below :

Visible Tweets ( Sample link

  • Supports multiple keywords, tags, and exclusions
  • 3 visualisation options suited for conference projections (looks great) and full screen operation (unattended)
  • builds tag cloud which displays between tweets
  • displays profile picture of tweeter
  • simple to setup and custom URL
  • No header option or custom background
  • Doesn’t seem to support twitpic or other picture services
  • Can make use of TidyTweet service to have filtered/moderated tweets (and prevent profanity/embarassment), $10 /month for non-personal use

Conclusion : Fairly good option, quick and easy to set up, would be better with a bit more customisation and twitpic support

Wiffiti (   sample link

  • Allows custom background to be uploaded
  • Custom title can be set
  • Does censorship (can set rating level)
  • Allows multiple tags
  • Can use pictures from flickr with tags
  • Displays tweets with profile picture, tags and location
  • Accepts mesages directly from website
  • Accepts SMS however is USA based short message code, not clear if could get a South African number
  • Easy to set up, however required signup to “publish” the screen and save it
  • Visualisation looks pretty good with multiple messages onscreen at once, full screen option

Conclusion : Very professional looking service, definitely one that could do the job.

Twazzup ( Sample Link

  • looks good in a browser for individual use but doesn’t seem suitable for conference projection
  • breaks the page up into different sections giving Highlights, Community Influencers, Live pictures, News, Twitter stream.
  • No custom headers or backgrounds
  • Seems to displays pictures (twitpic etc)
  • Lists common links

Conclusion : This is great way to get a view on a topic, but not for conference projection

Twitterfountain ( Sample link

  • does pictures in background, tweets scaled flying into background
  • gives twitter profile picture, name, tweet
  • link to blog top right (cant seem to remove)
  • banner across top (defaults to twitterfountain) and can be customised / removed
  • options for how messages animated
  • background image allowed
  • can change size of tweets and how they are displayed
  • fullscreen option
  • The URL generated for the fountain doesn’t contain all of the settings so these would have to be set up again each time

Conclusion : Also a viable option, not quite up to wiffiti, and I prefer the visualisation of visibletweets (although twitterfountain has far better customisation and does support the custom backdrops and banner whereas visibletweets doesn’t)

Summary (for now)

Each of these products is great in its own right, having a time and place where it may be the most suitable. For the conference I would tend to think either visibletweets (using tidytweet) or wiffiti would be the best options, though twitterfountain still needs a bit more investigation. More to come later.

ISG (Whitehat) Durban June meeting : Information Warfare

Posted on June 13, 2010

The details for the next ISG Durban (White Hat) meeting :

Title: Information Warfare
Speaker: Brett van Niekerk
Date: 17 June 2010
Time: 18:30
Venue: Elephant Room, M Block, UKZN Westville Campus

If you have any problems or need help getting to the venue, email or drop me a mail and I will provide you with whatever details you need.

To get to the Elephant Room, first follow the map to get to M block, then go through the door to the right, in front of you there will be the access the LANs (light blue turnstiles and a door), the door will be open, go through and listen for the voices :)

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