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Michelle Govender

Senior Manager - Deloitte South Africa

We are the women in cyber. The few protecting the many. The underrepresented, who over influence. The half of the world, who see the problems differently, who solve them uniquely. We are the women in cyber safeguarding society. Protecting us all. We need more like us. We need more like you.

Michelle is a professional electrical engineer (Pr.Eng) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) endorsed by the international cybersecurity professional body, ISACA. Passionate about risk management, she has achieved a postgraduate diploma at the University of South Africa in applied risk management. Michelle leads multidisciplinary teams to deliver on Industrial and Emerging Technology cyber risk strategy. She is presently serving as a director on the Circle of Global Businesswomen (CGBW) board, where she contributes in a professional technical and leadership capacity.

Her current role in Risk advisory is to lead the development of cyber emerging technology services and solutions to help secure business and city strategy as we digitise and leverage Industry 4.0.

I chair the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Cybersecurity chapter. The chapter objective is to advance the technology and leadership in the Electrical, Electronic Engineering fraternity. We do this by sharing cybersecurity knowledge that assists with solving complex problems such as developing safe and secure Industrial 4.0 systems, smart grids and cities, control systems and process automation. Where possible I speak on panels and coach and mentor upcoming engineers in the field of cybersecurity.

Michelle believes that secure digital business is a way of life going into the future. She uses her engineering and leadership knowledge and experience coupled with her passion for understanding people’s digital behaviours to secure business. Her work experience includes power utilities; which includes nuclear power; cyber security strategy, including operating model design, culture transformation and cyber-risk management.

We need more like Michelle. We need more like you.

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