THE 21st century Digital Challenge.
The technological advances have taken the world by storm over the past decade, witnessing the digital transformation as never before. This has given rise to the industrialisation of a type of crime where the commodity –personal information moves far too quickly for conventional law enforcement methods to keep pace.The Cyber phenomenon certainly boggles our mind. Internet safety and security doesn’t just affect government, big business, and the banking sector and law enforcers. It is becoming an important concern for the average personal technology user. Many have very little understanding of the issues and even less knowledge of the technical solutions. It is in this background that the Bridge2Africa team have organised this Tech oriented International event to articulate areas of concern and appropriate solutions.The international Cyber Convention 2017 will provide a platform to deliberate on a legal model for the development of Cyber Space and Eradication of crime.The Cyber space evolves everyday .Somehow everyday we hear of alleged international cyber-attacks of great proportions. Cyber espionage somewhere is a Cyber risk everywhere. Many experts see an inevitable Cyber war.

          DAY 1

  • Cyber Security and Small and Medium companies – a critical evaluation.
  • The Cyber Security responsibilities of the Board of Directors of a company     -the cyber buck stops at the top!
  • Cyber Security Public-Private Partnerships between the Public and Private sector. 
  •  Cyber-crime, Cyber security and the future of internet.
  •  Protecting the little guy- Cyber safety.
  • Dealing with Cyber Crime- Challenges and solutions
  • Digital privacy and the 21st century
  • Internet Jurisdiction
  • Digital best practices models for reducing cyber crimes
  • Intermediary rights and liability & their duties of data repositories.
  • Cyber crime on social media
  • Cyber Diplomacy
  • Big Data and Cyber security-Legal risks and challenges.
  • The mind boggling game: Cyber warfare and Cyber peace.





Prof SH (Basie) von Solms is a Research Professor in the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He is also the Director of the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Johannesburg (

Prof von Solms specializes in research and consultancy in the area of Information and Cyber Security, Critical Information Infrastructure Protection, Cyber Crime and other related cyber aspects. He had written and presented more than 130 papers regarding this field - most of which have been presented at international research conferences and/or published in international subject journals. In addition, he has supervised more than 120 post graduate students in the ICT field. His personal home page is at

Prof von Solms is a Past President of IFIP, the International Federation for Information Processing (

He is a Fellow of the Computer Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP).

He is also an Associate Director of the Global Cybersecurity Capacity Centre of the University of Oxford in the UK.

Prof von Solms is a member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal for Business and Cyber Security.



Mr Sizwe Lindelo Snail ka Mtuze holds a Baccalareus Legum (LLB) from the University of Pretoria, with tax law and cyber-law electives. He is a practising attorney with the law firm Snail Attorneys at Law and international co-ordinator of the African Centre for Cyberlaw and Crime Prevention based in Kampala, Uganda.


He is the author of various articles on cyberlaw in accredited and non-accredited journals both locally and internationally and has given ad-hoc lectures for the LSSA, ACFE , University of Johannesburg, Fort Hare University and University of Pretoria. He also presents papers and attends both local and international conferences. He is co-editor and author of the 3rd Edition of Cyberlaw @ SA.


He also does corporate presentations, as well as in-house workshops/training for various private companies and government institutions in South Africa and in Central, West and East Africa.


Sizwe Snail KA Mtuze is a member on the ICT REVIEW Panel of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), serving as a chair of the E-commerce Committee ( Digital Society as renamed ) within the Panel sub-committees. Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze also serves on the National Cyber Security advisory Counsel of the DPTS, and is deputy chair for the LSSA, E-Law Committee.




As societies transform into information societies, we have witnessed widespread system interconnection, and increased dependence of individuals, organisations and countries on digital technologies and information infrastructures. While cyberspace has presented significant opportunities, our accelerating dependence on ICTs also comes with increasing security threats and risks. Our study shows that threats to cyberspace have increased dramatically over the past year, afflicting millions upon millions of cybercrime victims every day. Today, cybercrime has affected businesses in online fraud, identity theft and lost intellectual property. It affects millions of individuals and countless businesses and governments worldwide. The challenge lies in the fact that countries are not easily able to close their borders to incoming cyber threats, nor can they contain those cyber threats coming from within. Cyber security is thus a complex transnational issue that requires global cooperation and solutions which are harmonised across borders in order to ensure a safe internet for all. As the increasing proliferation of ICTs has far outpaced national and international regulations governing them, international cooperation is required, at the government level, as well as with industry, non-governmental and international organisations. Individuals, organisations and countries must take steps to adopt measures and procedures, and acquire tools to improve the way that technological and cyber-risks are managed. An appropriate legal framework is necessary in order to address a range of issues including: the problems of responsibility, consumer and child protection; the protection of privacy and property rights, as well as the territorial nature of the Internet. Furthermore, it is essential that any comprehensive approach towards cyber security takes into consideration issues such as national security, state sovereignty, the cultural heritage of nations, as well as the protection of critical infrastructure, systems, networks, goods and values, and the safety of individuals.

             DAY 2

  • Child safety and crimes against the innocent online.
  • Legal and Cyber security challenges-Dark hole or a new paradigm.
  • Round table discussion on Cyber law, Safety initiatives on cyber space.
  • Internet Governance – Breakthroughs and setbacks
  • Information sharing, Cyber security- Legal, policy and digital challenges.
  • Role of South Africa in influencing the global Cyber order.
  • Surveillance, interception and blocking
  • Cyber threats to consumers: online fraud
  • Safeguarding the Banking and financial sector
  • Digital innovations, Mobile games – safety
  • Ransomware, Malware and Botnets: criminal tendencies, crime tools and legalities.
  • Capacity building, Cyber security, professional training on related Cyber challenges.
  • Cyber Forensics and related legal issues
  • Globalisation of Cyber terrorism, Cyber Radicalisation and extremism.
  • Fraud management: Digital best practices for reducing crime.


DR Kishor Krishnan Nair is a CSIR senior researcher in information security. His main research interests include the security aspects of smart cards, biometrics, Internet of Things, payment systems, wireless protocols, and small-footprint embedded devices.

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Nair gained extensive industrial experience of more than 15 years on various embedded platforms and wireless protocols used in the financial payment and smart card domains. His main research interests at the CSIR include the security aspects of smart cards, biometrics, Internet of Things, payment systems, wireless protocols, and small-footprint embedded devices.

Kishor obtained an MEng in computer engineering from the North-West University in 2009, researching intrusion detection in Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and a PhD in computer engineering from the North-West University in 2016, focusing on an approach to authenticate magnetic stripe bank card transactions at point-of-sale terminals.

Academic qualifications: 

  • BEng (Computer Engineering), Barkatullah University, India, 1998
  • MEng (Computer Engineering), North-West University, 2009
  • PhD (Computer Engineering), North-West University, 2016


Professor Elmarie Kritzinger -Elmarie joined the University of South Africa’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology in 2000 and currently holds the position of Associate Professor in the School of Computing. She obtained her PhD in Information Systems at the tender age of 29 and was awarded the “Youngest PhD” at the University of South Africa in 2008. Since obtaining her PhD, Prof Kritzinger has established herself as a mature researcher and has published in accredited national and international journals, contributed to a chapter in a book and presented at peer-reviewed conferences. Although her research focuses primarily on Information Security (Cyber) Awareness and Education, Elmarie is cross-disciplinary skilled in the fields of information systems and computer science.

Founding member and project leader of a Cyber Awareness Project within the School of Computing at UNISA, Elmarie’s aspiration is to provide school children in South Africa with a cyber awareness workbook to enrich their knowledge and ensure they are cyber safe. This project is multi institutional with partners in industry, academia, government and public sector. “It is as a result of my funding partners such as the NRF (Thuthuka) and Microsoft (South Africa) that this project is now a reality”. As part of her corporate citizenship, Prof Kritzinger has successfully organized colloquiums and workshops on key discussions relating to cyber awareness and have been an invited as speaker for a number of workshops and conferences on the topic of Information Security Awareness and Education.

A number of Master’s and Doctoral students are currently under Elmarie’s supervision within this project.