You’re Invited

DKVG & Securicom invites you to a Cyber Security Business Event.
Are you Left or Right of Boom?

11 April 2024
10:00 – 14:00 (A finger lunch is included.)
Cape of Good Hope Castle
Parking arrangements will be confirmed on confirmation of attendance.
1. Gerrie van Gaalen – Director, DKVG Attorneys
2. Igshaan Higgins - Director, DKVG Attorneys
3. Prof. Danny Myburgh - Managing Director, Cyanre
4. Richard Broeke - Managing Director, Securicom


Left of Boom vs Right of Boom

What does "boom" mean in terms of cyber security?

The “boom” is a breach, an attack, the thing data security nightmares are made of. Recently, the context for security breaches — or booms— has expanded to include those events that take place before and after an attack

What does "Left of Boom" mean in terms of cyber security?

This is a common military phrase used to describe the timeline of events before an explosion or incident – a period when you still have a chance to prepare and avert a crisis. In the cyber security world this refers to ensuring pre-emptive measures and preventative strategies against potential security breaches are in place. Effective tools and processes measuring and validating a networks' attack surface will prevent cyber incidents before they occur.

What does "Right of Boom" mean in terms of cyber security?

In U.S. military jargon, “right of boom” is the period that immediately follows an explosion or an attack. In the cyber security world this refers to Incident Response and post-breach recovery strategies.


Gerrie van Gaalen
Director, DKVG Attorneys

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Prof. Danny Myburgh
Managing Director, Cyanre

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Igshaan Higgins
Director, DKVG Attorneys

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Richard Broeke
Managing Director, Securicom

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Gerrie van Gaalen
Director, DKVG Attorneys

Gerrie grew up in Empangeni in Zululand, where he was the head boy of Empangeni High School. He obtained his B Com (Law) and LLB degrees at the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) and was admitted as an Attorney in 1997.

Between 1997 and 2004, Gerrie worked in London and Amsterdam in the Global Transaction Services division of ABN AMRO Bank. During his stay in London, he obtained his LLM (Computers and Communications Law) degree from Queen Mary College, University of London. Upon returning to South Africa, Gerrie joined Van Gaalen Attorneys in Johannesburg, where he stayed until joining DKVG in 2016.

Gerrie has extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of IT (fintech, crypto assets, NFTs, Artificial Intelligence), intellectual property, eCommerce, communications (and related corporate and commercial transactions), data protection (locally and internationally), risk management, and corporate governance.

Gerrie has shared his niche legal knowledge via numerous media articles, radio interviews, and conference addresses. He serves on the governing body of SNAP Academy, a school for children with autism and developmental disabilities. When he’s not spending time with his wife and three children, Gerrie indulges his passions for mountain biking and art.

Prof. Danny Myburgh
Managing Director, Cyanre

Danny established and commanded the SAPS National Computer Crime Investigation Unit and went on to launch Cyanre, the Digital Forensic Lab in 2002 with the aim of establishing the company as a recognised and respected role-player in the IT forensic field. Subsequently Danny also launched LexTrado EDS in 2012 and CyberCom Africa in 2016, through which the group specialises in digital forensic investigations, data fraud trend analysis, incident response, eDiscovery services and litigation support services.

During 2021, he was appointed as an Associate Professor of Practice at NWU and holds a BCom Honours degree in Information Systems – Cyber Forensics (UCT-2013) (Cum Laude) and MCom – Forensic Accounting degree (NWU-2016)
(Cum Laude).

He was inter-alia trained in computer forensics, cybercrime and hacking investigations by the FBI and the French Police and have attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre (FLETC) in the USA and obtained his qualification as a SCERS (Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist). He is also qualified as an EnCE (Encase Certified Examiner), CEDS (Certified eDiscovery Specialist) and CCBI (Certified Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Investigator).

Danny has served on many industry bodies such as:

• Chairperson of the Interpol African Working Party on Cyber Crime from 2002 until 2005 and represented Africa on the Interpol International Steering Committee on Cyber Crime.
• Chairperson of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Cyber Forensic Forum from 2011 to early 2016 and again since beginning of 2018.
• Vice-chairman of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist South Africa
• Member of the BRICS Expert Working Group on Cyber Security aimed at enhancing the coordination on Cybersecurity issues between the BRICS States.

He has been featured as expert on many media platforms and his articles can be found on multiple websites. As an avid mountain bike cyclist, Danny loves the outdoors and enjoys spending free time with his family.

Igshaan Higgins
Director, DKVG Attorneys

Igshaan is a born and bred Capetonian. He obtained his BA from the University of Cape Town and his LLB from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He has also completed various post-graduate diplomas, certificates, and specialist courses in alternative dispute resolution, insolvency law, sports management, and corporate law.

He started his legal career at UWC’s legal aid clinic, before joining Terence Rex Attorneys as a Candidate Attorney. In late 1997, Igshaan and his partner established the law firm Bardien & Higgins which merged with DKVG in a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transaction in 2007.

He has always been deeply committed to giving back to the community. Over the decades, he has led voter education programmes, worked as a lobbyist during the writing of South Africa’s Constitution, and led the rollout of Street Law offices throughout South Africa. He has served in advisory positions on entities including the Cape Law Society, the Legal Practice Council, the Western Cape Heritage Department, and the Western Cape Rental Housing Tribunal.

Igshaan is the founding member of the South African Academy for Young Leaders, a non-profit organisation which focuses on developing leadership and conflict resolution skills for young South Africans. He has a keen interest in developing community rugby, Cape Muslim and Slave Heritage, Cape Malay Choirs, and Cape Minstrels. He is heavily involved with several museums that celebrate Cape heritage.

In his free time, he is an aspiring Master Chef and the founder of the Silver Kitchen, a bespoke dining experience.

Richard Broeke
Managing Director, Securicom

Richard was born in Natal. After spending his early childhood in Cape Town, his family moved to Gauteng and he has called it home ever since.

He was involved in IT from a young age. After school, he honed in on network security realising its necessity when very few companies were getting to grips with the impact cyber security would have on us all. With duties ranging from being a lecturer to managing an IT Team responsible for Exchange for a large bank in South Africa, he found his real passion when he joined Securicom in 2006 as an Engineer. During his tenure of 18 years at the company, he has been involved in developing and marketing its end-to-end range of managed IT security solutions. He rose to the challenge of National Sales Manager for Securicom's South African and Namibian operations in 2007. Having been appointed to the executive committee in 2010, he took up the reigns of General Manager in 2014 and was appointed Managing Director in 2018.

As a qualified CISSP, he has a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years in this specialised IT sector with a specific interest in guiding companies in implementing strategic solutions to address threats associated with an increasingly connected and mobile business environment.

Richard's passion for Securicom's holistic suite of solutions is evident in his work. He believes providing comprehensive protection and intelligent monitoring for IT infrastructure, from the edge to the core, has become essential for all businesses, regardless of size. He also believes in and strives for world-class, enterprise-grade cybersecurity services that is accessible to any size business across any industry. Being a results-oriented MD, he is driven to manage costs and establish strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with users, vendors, and service providers, alike and has a strong vision and clear understanding of where the industry is going.

In 2023, Securicom launched its USA operation located in Dallas, Texas, and Richard was appointed as their Senior Cyber Security Advisor.

Leading by example within Securicom, Richard's passion for all things cyber security is tangible and greatly needed in a world that can become overwhelming if the correct guidance is not available. Besides cyber security, his passions include camping, spending time with his family and he is known to never miss a Formula One race!