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Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Vhuthu Nefale, 32, a University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg and Harvard graduate, has been involved in various innovations and new technology development with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), among other organisations.

One of the outstanding works that Vhuthu has taken a lead in is the development of a CSIR virtual security operations centre, which is a platform that allows the CISR to provide security operations capabilities for its client virtual or remotely, which is a critical part of any organisation’s security management system to actively monitor security events, including escalation of events to incidents and incident response.

The centre helps many private and public sector organisations with cost saving for operating a system while providing an opportunity of cross information sharing to improve monitoring and response. Vhuthu played a critical role in the rolling out of the virtual security operations centre by the CISR, from the strategic development to the onboarding of clients.

Vhuthu hosts different organisations, public and private, at the virtual security operations centre where he takes them through different technologies and processes on how it operates. He also presented the technology on SABC 1 where he explained how it will positively affect the country. Vhuthu also provides security consultation to other organisations, including the City of Johannesburg, the State Security Agency and the University of Venda.

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