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

Tech4Africa conference 2010

Posted on May 28, 2010

I just came across the website and speaker lineup for Tech4Africa. TECH4AFRICA is a web & emerging technology conference, bringing global perspective to the African context. It looks as though it will be a really great conference.

The schedule and speaker lineup are on the website.

The conference takes place in Johannesburg on the 12th and 13th August 2010 at The Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg. Directions, map etc are available on the website.

The website is a great example of how to promote a conference using new media. Wonderful to see a tech conference really using the tech available.

ZaCon II Call For Papers

Posted on May 28, 2010

Date : 9 October 2010.
Location : University of Joburg. Joburg.
Cost : The goal is to hit breakeven on the costs,  so an entry fee (if charged) will be low.

Many other conferences exist to cater either to the strictly Academic or Professional individual. We want a simple community based forum  that is completely  free of  corporate affiliation (or shilling). The intention behind this  is that the passion for the field or of sharing knowledge should  be  the primary motivation  of attending or speaking at this conference.

We aim to fulfill these objectives:
* Provide a platform for publication of infosec research
* Showcase free locally-developed infosec tools
* Support  the interaction of industry, academia and  the interested public
* Encourage discussion on infosec / hackery / sec-related-geekery at large
* Build the ZA infosec community
* Provide a platform to up-n-coming talent

Closing date for submissions is 20 August 2010.

* Site:
* Abstracts: abstracts AT zacon org za
* Organisers: people AT zacon org za
* IRC: #zacon on

Knowledge Cafe on the proposed Personal Information Protection Act and impact on CRM (Jhb)

Posted on May 27, 2010


Date: Tuesday 8 June 2010, SAP Woodmead Offices (9am – 1:30pm)

We expect the Personal Information Protection Bill enacted later this year. The purpose of this act is to define personal information, align with international laws on data protection and regulate the use of personal information. Imagine the end of cold calling. Imagine knowing your rights when your information is misused.

The Bill introduces the new office of the Information Protection Regulator and in your organisation the Information Protection Officer. Do you know what the impact of this Bill will be on CRM in your organisation? Have you done an assessment to identify the personal information stored and processed? Are you ready for information with purpose and consent?

We have the privilege of Grant Brewer’s (E&Y Advisory Services) company to unpack the Bill and provide insights in what will be expected of CRM in our organisations.

Please join us in the CRM Knowledge Café in Woodmead for a conversation on the proposed Bill and CRM.

TIME     Conversation Menu
09h00 – 09h30     Registration & Refreshments
09h30 – 10h00     Privacy Matters, Grant Brewer – Head of Strategy and IT Advisory Services – Ernst & Young
10h00 – 10h10     In the Knowledge Café, Manti Grobler – SAP CRM Solution Manager
10h10 – 10h30     Conversation on Privacy Matters
10h30 – 11h00     Feedback
11h00 – 11h20     Break
11h20 – 11h50     The 8 Core Information Protection Principles and you, Grant Brewer – Ernst & Young
11h50 – 12h15     Conversation on CRM and these Principles
12h15 – 12h45     Feedback
12h45 – 13h15     Act Readiness, Grant Brewer – Ernst & Young
13h15 – 13h30     SIG & Saphila discussion, Warren Hero – CRM Chairman
13h30     Lunch

To Register Click Here

Should you have any problems registering for this event, please forward all details to The invite is also posted on the website.

Information security and its impact upon society (Jhb)

Posted on May 27, 2010

by Prof. Vijay K. Bhargava, FRSC, FIEEE

DATE: Monday 7 June, 2010

TIME: 10h00 for 10h30 to 12h00, after which lunch will be served

VENUE: The Kerzner Building, Conference Room 1, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus (click here for a map and directions)

COST: No cost, free-of-charge

There is no point in having information unless it can be communicated from one point to another point (telecommunications) or from one time to another time (storage). In both cases, protecting information from unauthorized access, modification and disruption is critical. Cryptography is a key technology in protecting information. It was traditionally concerned with maintaining confidentiality. Recently, there has been a dramatic growth in the applications of cryptography in other areas such as commerce.

Modern cryptography can be divided into symmetric-key cryptography and public-key cryptography. In this talk, some of the current symmetric-key and public-key cryptographic techniques used in achieving information security are outlined. These include the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) which is the symmetric-key encryption standard adapted by the US government, and two well-known public-key cryptosystems, namely RSA (the initials of its inventors) and Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC).

The impact of information security upon society is then outlined. In particular, we focus on the usage of information security in Internet filtering. The Internet filtering can take place in different levels: local, organizational or national. In all these levels, the objective of filtering is to prevent or limit access to information/content that is against national/cultural values or is considered harmful for the users whether they are children or adults. Some of the current filtering techniques are outlined, as well as some of the circumventing methods to bypass it.

For catering purposes it is essential to register by latest 3 June 2010. For further information and regstration, please contact:

Monya Badenhorst, University of Johannesburg

Tel: 011 559-4743, Cell: 083 770 5902, Email:

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