Month: June 2015

A model for security incident response in the South African National Research and Education network

This dissertation addresses the problem of a lack of a formal incident response capability in the South African National Research and Education Network (SA NREN). The model highlights the decisions required for the business requirements, services, team model and staff, policies and processes, tools and technologies, and partners of a CSIRT respectively. Implementing this model will result in a prepared, improved and coordinated response to IT security incidents affecting the SA NREN.

Find it here.

Invitation to the SA NREN’s Mconf web conferencing service launch!

SA NREN MConfOn behalf of the SA NREN (SANReN CA and TENET), you are invited to one of two launch events for the new Mconf web conferencing service.

Together Mconf web conferencing and Vidyo desktop and room based conferencing systems will cater for the majority of virtual collaboration needs of the South African Research and Education community.

These services are being provided to enable collaboration through high quality video, audio and shared content over the SANREN Network in a simple and easy to use way.

Outlined Agenda for the events:

– Introduction to web conferencing

– Details and features of the Mconf service

– Infrastructure and support for the service at TENET

– How to access and use the service

– SAFIRE federation and other services

The sessions will include lunch and an opportunity for networking.

Please register here:

(Events are scheduled from 12pm – 4pm)

For the Pretoria event:

For the Cape Town event:

Visit the Mconf blog at and share the Mconf launch event poster. (Please post to the staff notice board)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

2015 SA NREN CSIRT Workshop

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.

Start using Mconf web conferencing! – We are in pre-production phase! (updated)

Register for this pre-production service: (If already registered – that’s great!)

(A security warning is expected as we are temporarily using a self-signed certificate – please continue to the website.)

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Look out for our Mconf launch event invitation next week – The events will take place in Pretoria (22nd July 2015) and Cape Town (23rd July 2015).

Kindly note that the Adobe Connect web conferencing service that has been hosted at SANReN will be discontinued at the end of July 2015. This service will be replaced by Mconf web conferencing hosted by TENET. This is a new web conferencing service to be added to the SA NREN portfolio of services.

Please start experimenting with the service and let us know of any problems you may be having so that we troubleshoot any issues before we launch this as a production service on 1 July 2015.

Here is an updated end user document showing you how to start your first meeting – The end user documentation will be created and updated on the Mconf SA blog ( under “Help guides”.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at KIsaac(at) or ‎patrickh(at)