11 August 2020

Absa Group’s cybersecurity team has been shortlisted in three categories in the 2020 Cyber Security Awards.

The team was listed as among final contenders for the ‘Not for Profit Team of the Year’ award, based on the Absa Cybersecurity Academy, an initiative with Maharishi Institute that gives marginalised youth the opportunity to become certified cybersecurity analysts.

Absa is also among the finalists in the ‘Cyber Awareness Plan of the Year’ category, based on the group’s ‘Into the breach’ campaign, a series of short, educational and entertaining videos, fronted by comedian Alfred Adriaan.

Absa Group Chief Security Officer Sandro Bucchianeri was shortlisted in the ‘Personality of the Year’ category, created to recognise thought leaders who raise the profile of cybersecurity and who helps to develop others.

The Cyber Security Awards were established in 2014 to recognise top individuals, teams and companies within the cybersecurity industry. Founder Karla Reffold, a director at UK and US cybersecurity recruitment business BeecherMadden, will be a judge in the 2020 awards.

Bucchianeri believes the recognition is in response to the emphasis Absa places on cybersecurity as a critical need as, according to the World Economic Forum's 2020 Global Risks Report, cyber-attacks are among the top ten most likely risks to occur. It also speaks to Absa's commitment to helping address the skills shortage in the cybersecurity industry, which stands at more than 3.5 million.

The winners this year will be announced on 10 September.