TwelveDot is very humbled to be asked to have our Managing Director, Faud Khan, be a panelist on a webinar primarily focused on Africa and industry impact of COVID-19.  The general direction of the webinar shall be from a “leadership, strategy and operational level” with regards to CIOs role in normal times vis – a – viz the new normal defined by COVID – 19. What is expected to be the CIOs role in the present and the future and what does COVID – 19 impact portend for Africa in terms leveraging technology to leapfrog Africa and solving its peculiar challenges. Are there any positives for Africa?

Lets hope so, as Africa has developed a strong momentum of growth in the ICT sector and findings ways to recover quickly and continue to grow GDP and multiple sectors. Understanding how to manage the recovery is going to be key to stabilizing the economy.

We hope you can join us. Please use the following link: CIOAFRICA to register for this online event.


After the discussion this morning and questions received I wanted to provide some additional closing thoughts.

  1. Companies of all sizes will have to look at operational models and then derive threat models from each one. This is going to have to consider the assets both company owned and that of their staff.
  2. SMBs are going to have think about governance much sooner and implement a framework to identify and mitigate risks.
  3. Your staff will become a bigger target and will make some decisions that are not risk based. i.e. use or lack there of a home router with advanced security features or not setup in “default state”.
  4. Having insecure IoT devices on the same insecure network will provide for a pivot point for compromised devices.
  5. Devices will be left unattended and connected to corporate resources, this is where IPS, access controls, and laptop session timeouts will become important.
  6. Making sure you understand the regulatory requirements for data breach of PII in your jurisdiction of operation.
  7. Reporting structure for incidents from both staff, customers and partners needs to fully documented an all parties made aware to roles and responsibilities.

Thanks for those of you who attended and all the security questions. The video of the session will be made available.

Update June 27, 2020: Please find a follow-up article on CIO Masterclass session held last month. There were lots of questions during the sessions and it was great to see the attendees actively participating in the discussion. It can be found here https://techeconomy.ng/2020/06/how-cios-handle-impact-of-covid-19-from-data-centre-banking-aviation-manufacturing-to-cyber-security-vi/


Yesterday, we officially launched CSA P125 Technical Committee on  Operational Technology Functional Safety and Security. This group is compromised of experts who represent organizations in multiple sectors and from both Canada and the United States. Our mandate is primary ensure that both international and regional standards of interest are adopted in both countries.

As our standards will be published under Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) they will recognized in both of these markets. As we look forward to providing both vendors and organizations options for selecting and implementing standards and certification options that will reflect a commitment to secure products and solutions by these vendors.

As the co-Chair to this group, I am very fortunate to be in such great company and expertise. As the editor of T200, I am humbled by the expertise we will have available to make our standard reflective of industry needs and requirements. I am looking forward to building relationships with the new members in the years ahead.

As with all new journeys, this one is even more special due to many of the critical aspects of the technologies we are dealing with. Getting to discuss so many new use cases and sectors it the best part of the job. There are so many cool projects and technologies that the layman just never sees but ensuring that many aspects of society continue to operate normally. This group is going to be there to set the bar for security in OT technology.