Governance & Risk Management

Profiles in Leadership: Charles Sello Kungwane

Johannesburg Cybersecurity Leader on the Importance of CISOs in Executive Roles
Charles Sello Kungwane, head of cybersecurity, city of Johannesburg

As the city of Johannesburg municipality's group head, focusing on ICT cybersecurity, audit, risk and governance, Charles Sello Kungwane is tasked with ensuring that the city achieves its goal of becoming a green, smart city to deliver economic opportunities and enable innovation while combating corruption through effective cybersecurity.

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This CyberEdBoard executive member tells ISMG, “My passion currently is more around pushing CISOs to move toward the executive side. They should be placed in a role where they directly report to the CEO. They play an innovation role and a resilience role, which is more around protecting processes that are looked over by CEOs, CIOs and CTOs."

In an interview with Information Security Media Group, as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing Profiles in Leadership series, Kungwane discusses:

  • Processes that help minimize security incidents;
  • Adopting new technologies that are customizable to meet requirements;
  • Plans to make an organization "future ready."

Kungwane has been in the cybersecurity industry for more than 14 years and is experienced in solving complex, multidimensional information technology security problems. He also provides expertise, advice and support with tactical planning and implementation of best practices to achieve efficiency and profitability targets.


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About the Author

Prajeet Nair

Prajeet Nair

Principal Correspondent

Nair is principal correspondent for Information Security Media Group's global news desk. He has previously worked at TechCircle, IDG, Times Group and other publications where he reported on developments in enterprise technology, digital transformation and other issues.




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