Jason is the founder and managing director of DFIRLABS. He was previously the Head of the Cyber Forensic Laboratory of the Special Investigating Unit, and prior to that he was a detective with the South African Police Service Commercial Branch. He has been a forensic investigation practitioner since 1991, and has specialised in the field of digital forensics science and cybercrime investigation since 1998. He has testified on several occasions in the South African High Court as well as the lower courts as an expert witness. He is also an active academic, trainer, researcher, and author in the fields of digital forensics and cybercrime.
He has a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science Cum Laude, a Masters of Technology degree in Forensic Investigation, a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Information Systems, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Computer Science Summa Cum Laude, and a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Policing. He is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner, a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and a Professional Member of the Institute of Information Technology of South Africa. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, the Institute of Information Technology Professional of South Africa, the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the IEEE Computer Society, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.
Presentation: THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES: Speaking Truth to Power in Cybersecurity
Cyber threats dominate the public discourse in many areas, including in organisations, where the risk posed by cyber threats have driven an interest and urgency in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is being considered at all levels and being rolled out and implemented. However, the way we approach cybersecurity is broken for many reasons. Some of these include misunderstandings of how things work, over reliance on marketers and salespersons, overuse of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt), internal politics, and so much more. It is important to strip these issues bare and confront these issues openly and honestly so that we can see what is needed to be cyber secure.