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The rise of industrial cybercrime complex - The need to strengthen the human firewall is Beza's calling

Beza Belayneh on SABC AM News recently

Following the recent hacking of South Africa's Road Traffic Management systems, Beza gave expert interview at South African Boradcasting Corporation (SABC) how it happened and why cyber crime is a growing threat in South Africa? What must be done to effectively combat cyber crime in SA?

Beza gave an interview to CNBC on the growing threat of cyber crime in Africa and shared insight and tips how to combat the silent epidemic that is affecting every aspect of the economy, government and citizens of South Africa

Beza on SABC tv - sharing insight on how media with Aisha Media Monitor Sunday programe reporting on cyber crime impacts general cyber risk awareness and mindset shift.


Beza's recent research based expert presentations



Beza has been selected and produced thought leadership report to UK based reputable magazine: Ethical Boardroom on “Cyber Risk in Africa”

Ethical Boardroom Magazine which has been commissioned by its readership to produce this report has an audience of 48,000 senior board executives globally which include Chairmen, CEO’s CFO’s, CRO’s, corporate/company secretaries, general legal counsels of publicly traded corporations, state-owned enterprises and large private companies worldwide.



Research & Presentation Topic

Web Application Security Testing - Nairobi

Technical training to security experts on web application hacking

2nd Annual African Cyber Conference - Gaborone

Key lesson from major hacks – Sony, Hacking Team, Ashley Madison Europe’s leading CEO, CIOs magazine selected Beza a top expert in Cyber Risk in Africa summer edition Page 136

Core Banking Solution––  Johannesburg

Big Data Analytics Driven IT Security for Banks

ISC2 Secure Johannesburg@ KPMG

Socially Engineered Trojans attacks

2nd Kuwait IT Forum – Kuwait City

Cyber Warfare – understanding the threat

Risk Frontier East Africa - Nairobi

Emerging cyber threats for business

Financial Services Board AGM– Pretoria  

Keynote cyber security threats

EuAfrica IT conference  - Brussels

The need for cyber security research funding for Africa

IT Web Security Summit 2013 –Johannesburg

Socially Engineered Trojans – Mitigation techniques

Tanzania Insurance Day – Dar Es Saalam

Cyber Risks in Africa- Managing cyber risks and overview of cyber insurance

Core Banking Solutions Conference– Johannesburg

Core Banking Systems security testing and threats

Compliance SA Annual General Meeting Keynote Johannesburg

Cybercrime compliance guide to compliance officers

Compliance SA Inaugural Conference for Public Sector  Pretoria

Protection Of Personal Information ACT and Information Security for public sector

Trustwave Cybersecurity Experts Roundtable  Johannesburg

Expert panelist for media to share cyber threats insight

Core Banking Solution Conference - Johannesburg  

Mitigating Internal Threats to Information Systems

Exciting lecture at University of Pretoria for Degree and Masters students majoring Law   

The role of lawyers in combating cybercrime in South Africa and Africa

Global Transactional Banking - Johannesburg

keynote address evolving cyber risk to global transactional banking in Johannesburg

2nd Annual Core Banking Solution conference in Johannesburg

Emerging cyber threats for core banking solutions

1st Annual African Cyber Conference - Conference Gaborone

Keynote - The weakest link in cyber security defense

Mitigating cyber threats financial intuitions are facing - Gaborone

Executive workshop for key bank decision makers

Social Media Risk Management - Gaborone

Helping banks to fight cyber risks from using social media

Media Appearance
Beza, as a continental thought leader in cyber risk, has been invited by national and international media to give expert insight on cyber risks.

  • National & International TV
    • BBC – Provided BBC expert review of AU’s continental cyber security framework
    • South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)  News – Media Monitor programme on cyber crime in South Africa
    • CNBC Africa – Bruce Whitfield Tonight Show on cyber crime
    • eTV – cyber security
    • Mail & The Guardian Online tv channel
  • Radios Beza gave expert interview
    • Classic FM 102.7 –cybercrime panel discussion  
    • Khaya FM – Interview on Sim Swap Fraud
    • Radio Cape Town - Morning Show
    • Radio 702
  • Highlight of Newspapers Beza appeared, gave interview, wrote articles, gave insight
    • – Selected by Europe as Africa’s leading cyber risk expert; written & produced thought leadership paper on “Cyber Risks in Africa” for with audience of 48,000 senior board executives globally
    • BBC online
    • Mail and Guardian – Newspaper write up, youtube, breakfast debate
    • BDLive
    • The Times – Johannesburg’s Daily
    • Daily News Durban – Durban’s Daily
    • Pretoria News – Pretoria Daily
    • Financial Mail
    • FinWeek – South Africa’s Leading Weekly
    • News24
    • Kuwait – online newspaper after presenting on Cyber Warfare
  • Beza has been interviewed and quoted by numerous digital newspapers  
  • Beza writes to well known international and national publications on cyber security

Beza B. is known as a dynamic and entertaining cyber security expert speaker and leading authority

He is particularly appreciated for his ability to explain complex emerging cyberthreats in straight forward and practical terms that can be strategically applied by both executives and general staff.

He clearly influences and guides his audiences to take action and adopt sesnsible security measures. He sees what hard core technologists can not see in business and he sees what business executives can not see in technology; be it contemporary or legacy threats.

He has written for numerous publications and frequently provided expert interviews on current security threatscape and trends to Radio, TV, magazines, online media, executive brief& forums in South Africa and around the world..







Back in 1993, Beza B, as a third year student at Andrews University, Michigan, , wrote his first paper on computer crime after extensive research and going through hundreds of pages of crime reports and news pieces(in the absence of Google and well written books on the subject) from FBI, Secret Service and Department of Justice.

Through this paper, Beza in detailed wrote a fascinating recount of various types of computer crimes, the modes operandi of computer criminals and characteristics of notable computer criminals of the time(e.g. Kevin Mitnick, Kevin Poulson).

Since then, Beza has become a notable and credible expert developing passion, skills, expertise and drive to develop a unique mix of capabilities to consult, speak and provide unique insight and holistic approach in combating cybercrime threats for over a decade. He is a CEO/Chairman of South African Centre for Information Security and co-founder of African Cyber Risk Institute - continental leader in cyber security training

Beza shares his unique insight ranging from why we have done nothing while cyber threats developing this far and what we can do as industry, government, end users and decision makers in public and private sectors to close the gap. 18 years of experience in the industry gives Beza a leading edge to contribute significantly in your effort to combat cyber crime and attain cyber resilience.

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