I had a remarkable time in Johannesburg South Africa this week. I worked closely with McAfee’s regional director for South Africa and Sub Sahara Africa – Craig Hockley whom I’m pictured with below. There were lots of meetings related to implementing more cost effective security solutions. Security optimization is a major driver in Johannesburg as organizations look to control costs and provide more efficient and effective security solutions with limited human and capital resources. Conversations of note with customers surrounded taking product solutions suites like endpoint security and combining them with network and data security suites for improved security and reduced cost. As I’ve stated before, the Security Connected message resonates globally, but in emerging markets, it is an absolute imperative.
From a vertical perspective – telecommunications, financial services and industries like mining (gold, platinum, diamonds), manufacturing, chemicals, and agro-processing top the ranks. South Africa has the largest telecom network in Africa with mobile penetration around 97%, a massive submarine cable capacity, and is activelymaking improvements to infrastructure projects such as high-speed trains and airports.
I presented at the historic Liliesleaf Farm. The photo of me on the phone is from the farm’s museum. This farm was a secret location for the African National Congress activists in the 1960s and is where leaders such as Nelson Mandela lived and worked in secret. In 1963 police raided Liliesleaf Farm and several members of the underground were arrested and charged with sabotage.