Don't Get Hacked: A Crash Course in Cybersecurity for Startups

Thu Jun 13, 13:00 - Thu Jun 13, 14:30

Innovation City


Join cybersecurity experts from KPMG at Innovation City on Thursday, 13 June at 1pm for an informative session on cybersecurity for startups. We'll cut through the jargon and equip you with the essential knowledge to protect your business from cyberattacks.

Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or a fresh-faced founder, this session is packed with practical tips and tricks to keep your data safe and your startup thriving.

In this session, you'll learn:

  • The importance of Cyber-Resilience (and why SA startups are so vulnerable to attack)
  • How to start your Cyber-Journey (you don’t need an “IT guy” to fortify your cyber defences)
  • The building blocks of Cyber-Security (basic principles that scale to any size)
  • Real case studies: the good, the bad and the ugly (and practical tips you can implement immediately)

Don't miss out! 


This session is perfect for:

  • Startup founders and co-founders
  • Early-stage business owners
  • Anyone who wants to learn the basics of cybersecurity

Ditch the duct tape and bubblegum approach to security and join us for a crash course that will leave you feeling confident and cyber-woke! 

Space is limited, secure your seat today!


Our team spends an immense amount of time creating and curating our weekly events. We would like to encourage a culture of commitment and follow through. Please note that participants who register but do not attend without prior notice will be blacklisted from future events.

Should you no longer be able to attend the event, please change your RSVP status, which you are able to link to on your emailed ticket.

We look forward to welcoming you to Innovation City and appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


NOTE: Innovation City members can get free access to all IC weekly events. (You will find the discount code on the IC app.)



Location: We're just off Kloof Street on Darter Road.

Traffic Alert: Please be cautious of traffic heading into town.

Parking Options:
  • Behind the Spar on Kloof Street.
  • Kloof Street and surrounding areas.
  • Parkade Kloof Lifestyle Center on Park Road.
Recommended: It's always best to use Uber for convenience.


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Gustav d'Assonville, Senior Manager
Gustav d'Assonville is a Senior Manager in KPMG South Africa's Technology Assurance unit and leads the Cyber Defence service line, which includes technical cyber assessments for large corporates in Southern Africa. He has over 17 years’ experience in the IT and Cyber Security domains and holds a master’s degree in Information Technology as well as multiple cyber security industry certifications (CISA, CISM, CISSP and ISO 27001 Lead Implementer). His industry experience includes consulting and audit engagements within the Financial Services, Banking, Energy & Natural Resources, Technology, Healthcare and Manufacturing Industries. Prior to joining KPMG, Gustav was the IT manager for a large private radiology practice overseeing IT and security operations as well as leading the transformation to a digital workflow. He is an experienced speaker on Information Security (including global congress level)  and part time lecturer in Information Security Management at Nelson Mandela University.
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Darren Lentz CA(SA), Senior Manager
Darren Lentz is a Senior Manager in KPMG South Africa’s Technology Assurance unit and leads the Cyber Assurance service line, which includes technical assessments of WebPKI Security (Web Encryption and Cryptography infrastructure) for Southern Africa. He has over 8 years’ of professional services and consulting experience and holds honours degrees in both Accounting and Computer Science. He started his career in Business and Finance managing numerous financial statement audit teams in the South African and Australian KPMG offices, across various industries including Automotive, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Technology & Communications. Darren then went on to manage Technology Assurance (IT) audit teams performing General IT Controls reviews and Cyber Security reviews. He is an experienced speaker on Information Security at a local conference level, and has performed multiple guest lectures on cybersecurity for UCT, UWC and Stellenbosch University.


Don't Get Hacked: A Crash Course in Cybersecurity for Startups
Innovation City
Darter Studios, Darter Road, Longkloof, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
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