A new government body designed to provide insight and advice to around computer security was inaugurated yesterday, when Communications Minister Yunus Carrim revealed the make-up of the National Cyber Security Advisory Council (NSAC). The council of one of several bodies provisioned for under the terms of the National Cybersecurity Policy Framework, approved in March 2012.

NSAC will report to the Department of Communications, and will be independent of the other bodies set up under the policy framework. According to Carrim, it will function to bring together public and private sector experts in the field, and help disseminate best practices.

The seven member council is a diverse mix of lawyers, academics and security professionals. It will be headed by Barend Taute as chair. Taute’s day job is with government R&D body the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The vice-chair will be held by Accenture’s Ritasha Jethva.

They’ll be joined by:

  • Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor, Dr Khomotso Kganyago
  • Professor of Intellectual Property and IT at the UNISA, Tana Pistorius.
  • Attorneys Mark Heyink and Sizwe Snail
  • Fraud and Corruption specialist, Advocate Collen Weapond

Most of those on the council have served on government advisory boards in the past, including those that have advised on the Protection of Personal Information Bill.

Looking at the list, it seems like a very sensible line-up, and couldn’t be more timely given yesterday’s news about point of sale machines infected with malware.

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