Year: 2018

SANReN RFP: Dark Fibre for SARAO – closed

SANReN has published a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the supply, Installation and commissioning of dark fibre infrastructure for the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) from Carnarvon to Beaufort West.

Bid Number: 3259/08/02/2019

Publish date: 11 December 2018

Closing date: 08 February 2019 at 16h30

RFP documents can be found on the National Treasury eTender Publication Portal

Compulsory briefing session: 18 January 2019 at 10h00 at the CSIR Meraka Institute, Building 43, Meiring Naude Road

SANReN Cyber Security Challenge 2018: Winners

SANReN hosted its second Cyber Security Challenge during the CHPC National Conference 2018 at the Century City Conference Center in Cape Town.

The competition was split into two rounds:

  • During the first round, students competed for placement in the final round. Over two hundred students from more than ten universities competed in the qualification round that was hosted during September and October 2018.
  • During the final round, 38 students comprising ten teams competed over a span of four days from the 2nd to 5th December 2018. Much fun was had by the students during the competition.

The following teams participated in the final round:

  • misJUDged (BRICS Champions) –  University of Pretoria
  • Down Town Cookie Factory – University of Pretoria
  • Wits Hacky Sac – University of the Witwatersrand
  • PUK3 – North West University
  • GGEZ – University of the Western Cape
  • Mirai – Rhodes University
  • Bit Phase – Stellenbosch University
  • Bureau 122 – University of Cape Town
  • NUST4 – Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Cyber Nerds – University of Botswana

The final scoreboard at the end of the 2018 competition was as follows:

Overall placement Prizes:

  • First Place: misJUDged (BRICS Champions) –  University of Pretoria
  • Second place: Bit Phase – Stellenbosch University
  • Third Place: Down Town Cookie Factory – University of Pretoria

Specific Challenges:

  • Social Engineering Challenge:
    • Muhammed Rashaad Cassim (Wits Hacky Sac – University of the Witwatersrand)
    • Senate Pearl Lekemola (Cyber Nerds – University of Botswana)
    • Zonica Lombard (PUK3 – North West University)
    • Tinashe Chitamba (NUST4 – Namibia University of Science and Technology)
  • Hash Challenge: GGEZ – University of the Western Cape
  • Hack the Server Challenge: misJUDged (BRICS Champions) –  University of Pretoria

 

Much appreciation goes to our Cyber Security Challenge 2018 Sponsors

 

 

 

For more information see Cyber Security Challenge 2018

SA NREN parallel event at CHPC National Conference 2018

The South African National Research Network (SANReN) hosted a parallel event at the CHPC National Conference 2018 on the 4th December 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town.

 

Keynotes:

Session chair: Dr Renier van Heerden

  • NRENs: The Pathways to Global Knowledge and Collaboration, Mr Michael Foley (World Bank – retired)

 

SA NREN Session:

Session chair: Dr Renier van heerden

The following presentations were made:

 

Speaker Bio:

  Mr Michael Foley has been an enthusiastic explorer of how information and communications technologies can transform education’s effectiveness and accessibility. In 1997 he was invited to join the World Bank Institute in Washington DC to contribute to the design and implementation of what became known as the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), becoming Lead Distance Learning Specialist in 2004. GDLN is a network of institutional partners in developing countries using blended learning techniques and communications technologies to share knowledge on development. The early years were based on satellite technology but as partner countries began to roll out their own fiber optic based National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), especially in South Asia and Latin America, GDLN partnerships were established with these networks. This led Michael to become a champion of NRENs within the operational side of the World Bank, raising awareness among senior management and staff about the transformational effect that NRENs could play in the integration into the global academic community of the higher education institutions in their client countries. His report on “The Role and Status of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa” was commissioned by the Bank as a guide to its own staff and to national governments, institutions, and donors.

  Mr Sakhi Hadebe is an Engineer at the South African National Research Network (SANReN) Competency Area at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) since 1 January 2013. He holds a Bachelor and Honors degree in Computer Science, both obtained from the University of Zululand. He started his career as an educator, teaching Mathematics and Computer Applications Technology from 2004 to 2005. Thereafter he worked for FNB as a Call Centre Specialist till 2007. In 2008, he completed a one-year Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) training programme in India. While in India, he was also certified as a Microsoft Certified systems Engineer (MCSE 2003) and certified on ITIL v2. He thereafter worked for SAAB Grintek Technologies as a support engineer from 2009 to 2011.

  Prof. Suné von Solms is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She obtained a Ph.D in Computer Engineering. Suné is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher. Her research interests include networks and communication, engineering education and the social and human aspects of engineering. She is actively involved in engineering and community engagement projects within rural communities. Suné is also involved in research relating to cybersecurity-related skills and competency development of engineers.

  Mr Francois Mouton is a senior information warfare researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research with expertise in the fields of social engineering, penetration testing and digital forensics. Francois graduated with an M.Sc. Computer Science, in the field of digital forensics, from the University of Pretoria in 2012. During his M.Sc. degree he also completed all the undergraduate BA Psychology modules due to his passion in the field of social engineering. He is currently pursuing his PhD Computer Science at the University of Pretoria, with a main focus on identifying and thwarting social engineering attacks. He has (co)authored several international publications, mainly on topics of digital forensics readiness and social engineering. His research has had a significant impact within the field of social engineering and he currently has an h-index and an i10-index of 9. His research in social engineering has allowed him to achieve a great understanding of the human psyche and has empowered him to perform at an international level in electronic sport. He was awarded with Protea Colours in 2016 when he was selected by Mind Sports South Africa to represent South Africa on the international stage in electronic sport. He also actively contributes back to the developing community of South Africa. He is actively involved with mentoring students at most of the South African universities and he is also continuously involved with hackathons hosted across the country. His current focus is on the development of a human psyche model that can be utilised by the general public to create both cyber security awareness and to allow them to protect themselves against cyber security threats.

SANReN Cyber Security Challenge 2018 in full swing

SANReN is hosting its second Cyber Security Challenge during the CHPC National Meeting 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town from the 02 to 06 December 2018. The Challenge is currently in full swing and competition between teams is rife.

The current ranking at 15h20 on 03 December 2018. Team MisJUDged is in the lead.

The purpose of the competition is to stimulate interest in Cyber Security in the field of network security within South African Tertiary institutions. Thus, the competition is aimed at university students who are interested in information security fields such as penetration testing, incident response, digital forensics and security training. During the competition students will be exposed to real cyber related threats.

Due to the high interest among students the competition was split into two rounds. In the first, qualifying round, students competed for placement and a chance to compete in the final round at the hosted event in Cape Town. Of the over 200 students from over ten universities that sought a place in the final round, only 40 were placed.

Which one of these teams will be crowned the winner?

  • misjudged – BRICS Champions
  • Down Town Cookie Factory – University of Pretoria
  • Wits Hacky Sac – University of the Witwatersrand
  • PUK3 – North West University
  • GGEZ – University of the Western Cape
  • Mirai – Rhodes University
  • Bit Phase – Stellenbosch University
  • Bureau 122 – University of Cape Town
  • NUST4 – Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Cyber Nerds – University of Botswana

Much appreciation goes to our Cyber Security Challenge 2018 Sponsors

 

 

 

For more information see Cyber Security Challenge 2018

Open call for e-research funding for NICIS

The National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System (NICIS) competitive research grant is now open. This grant aim is to promote research capacity development through a competitive research grant award system.

Scope
The rationale for this call is to make funds available to researchers in areas of Cyber Infrastructure (CI), including all fields of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), Humanities and the Social Sciences (SS). This funding instrument is intended to support fundamental and applied research:

  1. for the advancement of the foundational sciences and technologies for CI, which includes, but is not limited to: computational science; data science; computer science; network and storage technologies; and
  2. across a multitude of disciplines spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural and engineering sciences and beyond, which leverage CIs to achieve its multidisciplinary research goals. Projects in scope would advance and harness CI in support of the national research agenda. Hence the objectives of the National e-Research Support Programme (NeRSP) are to:
  • Drive CI research;
  • Build and support the CI capability pipeline in the country CI;
  • Knowledge generation, e.g. publications;
  • Knowledge exploitation, e.g. patents;
  • Improve SA’s international reputation in CI;
  • Develop new prototypes, demonstrators, technologies; services etc. to improve and enhance the performance of CI and CI-related capabilities in the country; and
  • Increase utilisation of the national CI currently available in the country, such as:
    • the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC);
    • the South African NREN, (SA NREN which comprises a close collaboration
      between SANReN and TENET);
    • the Data Intensive Research Initiative for South Africa (DIRISA); and
    • Tier 2 CI initiatives.

The National e-Research programme will support the following broad thematic areas of fundamental and applied research:

  • Theme A: Technologies and tools for data intensive research and for petascale data storage,
  • Theme B: High Speed, Secure Networks for Research Communities, and
  • Theme C: High-End Computing infrastructure and tools.

Further details can be found at: https://eresearch.wegrow.co.za/