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Cybersecurity Master Class

Designed for executives and senior managers in government and industry, the Wits LINK Centre's Cybersecurity Master Class provides critically important knowledge on cybersecurity matters, in an interactive online format. The master class includes lectures, problem analysis sessions and a reading guide, with no assessments.

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2022 offering of the Master Class

  • Dates: 1-4 August 2022
  • Time: 15h00-17h30 
  • Fee: ZAR10,000 + VAT per participant
  • Delivery mode: hybrid (choice of virtual or in-person attendance)

Given the real-world security challenges across the African continent, data protection, privacy and cybersecurity legislative frameworks are under development requiring cybersecurity governance compliance. The emerging cybersecurity legislative framework in South Africa demands a high level of knoweldge of the cybersecurity domain within organisations, both public and private.

Cybersecurity is the practice of making the networks that constitute cyberspace secure against intrusions, maintaining confidentiality, availability and integrity of information, detecting intrusions and incidents that do occur, and responding to and recovering from them. The cybersecurity domain encompasses technologies, policies, procedures, practices and culture, designed to protect organisations enterprise communications, systems and assets from both internal and external threats. Threats and attacks are becoming more dynamic and complex and detecting and attributing attacks and threats to malicious actors are a major challenge to cybersecurity experts. This complex global problem requires a proactive, holistic and flexible approach to cybersecurity that addresses strategy, operations and the budgets, for the protection of the enterprise information assets.

The cybersecurity mandate may fall under various roles within an organisation including the Chief Information Security Officer, the Chief Risk Officer and even the Chief Information Officer.  The role will therefore require a higher level of knowledge of the broader cybersecurity domain.

In 2019, the LINK Centre successfully launched the Cybersecurity Professional Practice and Leadership (CPPL) programme, which is an interdisciplinary course focusing on security technologies, digital innovation, national policy, standards, law and regulation. The course incorporates elements relevant to creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness and resilience. The course also focuses on developing relevant strategic responses to the security challenges posed to the digital communications ecosystem. Specifically designed to build the foundational analytical skills for the CISO and other relevant officers in this emerging field, this course is a must for any organisation.

The Cybersecurity Master Class, aimed at executive and senior management, provides all of the knowledge of the CPPL programme without the requirement for formal assessments.

Administrator: Nokhanyo Yolwa, LINK Centre,, tel: +27-71-939-8867
Convenor: Dr. Kiru Pillay,, cc:

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