In light of the evolving information security threat to the higher education and research community, SANReN and TENET invited CIOs and IT Directors from universities and science councils in South Africa to participate in a two-day facilitated workshop to explore the establishment of a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) for the South African NREN. This workshop was held from 26-27 May at Kopanong and included nearly 60 participants from 13 universities and 4 science councils served by the NREN.
The attendees indicated that the risks were real, the timing was right and an overwhelming majority supported the establishment of a basic NREN CSIRT capability. The workshop therefore concluded with an unanimous decision to put forward a business case to institutional decision makers for conditional approval of funding for the activity. Watch this site for future updates and see the services page for more CSIRT information.