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BECSA FunctionS:

Centurion:
Date: 01 March 2017 (16:00 for 16:30) (Cocktail Function)
Venue: Protea Hotel, Centurion, Corner Gordon Hood and Hendrik Verwoerd Avenues, Centurion (Next to Centurion Lake Shopping Mall) 
Speaker: Steve Whitehead (Managing Member EDS) will discuss ‘Counterintelligence – What Motivates Employees to Do the “Wrong” Thing’.

BECSA members attend free. Guests and non-members is R195.00 per person at the door.
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Cape Town:
Date: 10 May 2017 (16:00) (Cocktail & Networking Function)
Venue: The Vines Restaurant, Sanlam Building, Bellville, Cape Town
Speaker: Pieter Scholtz (T-Systems) – Malicious Cyber Attacks Explained

BECSA members attend free. Guests and non-members is R150.00 per person at the door.
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Feedback BECSA BRIEFINGS:

BECSA hosted a breakfast function on 26 March 2014 at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. The guest speaker was Mark Heyink from E-Commerce Legal Risk Management. The title of his presentation was “Privacy is impossible without Security”. Mark spoke about the importance of a balance between privacy and security, the legal obligation to provide information security, compliance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Bill and showed that privacy and security is a Big Issue.

The function was well attended and Mark had to respond to a number of questions dealing with the Protection of Information Bill. Bruce Robertson (Chairman of the Security Association of South African – SASA) won the business card draw and received a complimentary subscription to the CI Centre database Spypedia. See http://www.cicentre.com/?page=membership_features

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BECSA hosted a cocktail function on 04 September 2013 at the Protea Hotel Waterfront in Centurion. The function was attended by 32 members, senior executives and guests. The guest speakers at the cocktail function were Dr Alapan Arnab and Professor David Taylor. They spoke about the concept of “Active Defense”. Practically all commercial businesses rely on passive cyber defense. Companies’ information assurance strategies are dependent on a combination of software, business processes and human resources. The idea of an active defense is well-established at an international level in reducing crime. The idea of moving from passive cyber defense to active defense might include bringing down the servers hosting IT facilities that are used by organised crime gangs in other nation states. The entertaining and provocative presentation covered both the legal (South African view) and technical aspects of active defence - what it means and what the challenges and pitfalls are. If you attended and would like to receive a pdf copy of the presentation please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nine new members received their membership certificates.

BECSA Cocktail Function


BECSA held its first event in Durban on 11 July 2013. The cocktail function at the Hilton Hotel was well attended. Steve Whitehead, BECSA Chairman introduced the association and did a presentation “Counterintelligence – “Supporting Security and Business Continuity”. Information theft and business espionage inflicts costs on companies that range from the loss of unique intellectual property to financial outlays for remediation. The protection of business information touches on many functions or aspects of business. It involves everyone in an organisation and everyone is responsible for it. However many have little or any concept of what is required. The presentation provided the attendees with the insight to understand business counterintelligence and how it differs from other streams of information management and security practices.


Henry Peens of Yelloworx was the guest speaker at the recent BECSA breakfast function that took place on 12 April 2013 at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. His presentation “Cyber Threat Landscape and Latest Trends” was well received. An article about the presentation and the function is available here.

Three new members received their membership certificates. The breakfast function was well attended by role players from various industries.


BECSA Executive Committee member Pieter Scholtz was the guest speaker at the BECSA cocktail function that was held on 6 February 2013 at the Cape Sun Hotel. The topic of his presentation was “Cyber Awareness”. The presentation dealt with the threats against modern systems, examples of cyber attacks and warfare, “going back to basics” some statistics, and a realistic overview of this modern threat.  Please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to receive a copy of the presentation.


BECSA Chairman Steve Whitehead was the guest speaker at the BECSA cocktail function that took place on 30 January 2013 at the Protea Hotel Waterfront in Centurion. The topic of his presentation was “Business Counterintelligence- Enhancing Business Continuity & Supporting Security”. The function was well attended and new members received their membership certificates.


The keynote speaker at the BECSA function that took place on 6 November 2012 at the Vines Restaurant, Sanlam Head Office in Cape Town was Christopher Shearer. He is a PhD student, concentrating on knowledge security, at the University of Stellenbosch. His PhD topic is “Modelling Knowledge Security: Knowledge Security as a Knowledge Management Problem”. He has spent the last eighteen months in the United States. During his time abroad, Christopher worked and studied at the University of Washington’s Centre for Information Assurance and Cyber Security under the supervision of Dr Barbara Endicott-Popovsky.

He also gained valuable experience working at the City of Seattle’s Office of Information Security under the direction of Michael Hamilton. Christopher is passionate about all issues relating to security and hopes to continue with his security career upon completion of his dissertation during 2013.

Christopher’s presentation “Business Counterintelligence – A Sustainable Practice” can be viewed here.


Briefings were held on Thursday 20 September 2012 at the Sandton Sun and on 21 September 2012 at the Cape Sun Hotel.

BECSA is a professional South African association for individuals with an interest in countering corporate espionage and who recognise the uniqueness of the task to safeguard information in the business environment

The theme of both briefings were “Saving Jobs: Protecting Our Information, Protecting Our Company, Protecting Our Employees”

Steve Whitehead, the BECSA Chairman gave a broad overview of the vision, mission, objectives and BECSA’s value proposition for members. He explained that BECSA stands for the following:

  1. The promotion of the importance of business espionage countermeasures in South Africa;
  2. To increase the awareness, knowledge and appreciation of the methods and aims of this profession;
  3. To encourage the use of business espionage countermeasures in South African business;
  4. To provide leading edge programmes, publications and research;
  5. To develop and implement education and development designs that fulfil the professional needs of members;
  6. To establish interaction and communication among members with other industry groups and with all parties involved in the protection of information in the business environment; and
  7. To acquire and disseminate among the members information regarding education, training and career opportunities.

BECSA has formed strategic alliances with the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre), Washington DC and the Espionage Research Institute International (ERII), Washington DC, USA.

Steve Whitehead, J.D. LeaSure and David G. Major

J.D. LeaSure, Director of the Espionage Research Institute International (ERII) gave an overview of ERII and their interest and research into technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) and Cyber TSCM.

David G. Major, President of the CI Centre gave the keynote address. His presentation dealt with the “Importance and Value of Counterintelligence in the Business World”. He spoke of today’s threats against business information and provided a worldwide espionage review focussing on corporate espionage. He highlighted the Chinese espionage threat to businesses and presented statistics of cases and individuals in the USA involved in economic espionage since 1995. There has been a sharp increase in cases and arrests since about 2009. Economic espionage is a crime in the USA. The US government adopted the Economic Espionage Act in 1996 empowering the FBI to help American businesses.

South Africa has no espionage or economic espionage laws. Major gave a few basic lessons that South Africa businesses can apply to safeguard their intellectual property and corporate “jewels”.

New members received their membership certificates. Business cards draws were held in Johannesburg and Cape Town and two lucky attendees each won a year’s free subscription to the CI Centre’s database called Spypedia. The subscription prizes is worth R 3 000.00 each. BECSA registered members will qualify for a 25% discount on the annual subscription fee to the CI Centre’s database. The database holds information on all spy cases from about the 1950’s including recent economic espionage cases. It is valuable resource for all who is responsible for the protection of information in their organisations.

Excellent refreshments were served at both venues. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network with the speakers and other attendees.

The presentations are available to the attendees in pdf. format. Please send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an electronic copy of the presentations.

J.D. LeaSure receiving his honorary membership certificate

David G. Major receiving his honorary membership certificate

Last Updated (Thursday, 02 February 2017 23:43)

 
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BECSA formed strategic partnerships with the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre) and the Espionage Research Institute International (ERII) both from Washington DC, USA.

 

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