Cyber security to be under the spotlight at AAD 2018


One of the new features at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition to be held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in September will be seminars, and one of the topics under the microscope will be cyber intelligence and warfare.

The AAD organisers said the cyber security symposium is aimed at enhancing cyber awareness and capabilities for managers, personnel and contractors from the defence and related service industries (including vested SMEs and supply chain providers), IT service providers at State and SOE level, military personnel and government officials.

The symposium will take place in Hangar 5 at Waterkloof on 20 September 2018 – AAD starts on 19 September and concludes on 23 September.

The keynote addresses will be delivered by Dr Moses Khanyile, non-executive director at Armscor, who will cover the role and importance of cyber capabilities within the South African Defence Industry, Prof Elmarie Biermann, director of the Cyber Security Institute, who will cover the role of cyber threat intelligence, and Eric Bowens from Fujitsu UK, who will talk about providing essential security capabilities to protect valuable information assets.

A panel discussion on the cyber threat landscape and cyber threat intelligence will be headed by Elmarie Biermann, Christi Mayherry, from LAWtrust Information Security Solutions, Christo Boshoff, from Cybereye, and Zane Cleophas from Security and Defence Technology Consulting. Topics under view will include an outlook of the private and defence industry threat landscape; the shortage of cyber security professionals and underspending on information security; government/academic/private sector partnerships in securing South Africa’s cyber space and cyber cooperation within Africa; gathering and analysis for both offensive and defensive purposes; and the possibilities and challenges of Big Data.

A second panel will look at the nature of the new battle space and be headed by Noelle Cowling (Stellenbosch University), Johan Hefer (SANDF), Abel Esterhuyse (Stellenbosch University) and Justin Westcott (Cyber Security Institute). It will look at cyber weapons development; maximising cyber warfare capabilities for increased military power projection; hybrid warfare and emerging threats; and the Internet of Things in the battlefield.

One of the other seminar topics at AAD will be “The Future of Drones”. The seminars are scheduled to run over the three trade days, i.e. 19 to 21 September. For this reason, AAD offers a number of small theatres with seating capacity of 50 for presentations, product launches and media briefings, which are ideal at a venue like Waterkloof.

Given the importance of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in both the military and commercial spheres, and at the behest of UAV manufacturers, AAD 2018 will once again feature a dedicated UAV pavilion.