Category: Events

SA NREN parallel event at the CHPC National Meeting 2015

The South African National Research and Education Network (SA NREN) which is constituted out of a partnership collaboration between the SANReN Competency Area at the CSIR Meraka Institute and the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET), hosted a parallel session at the CHPC National Meeting 2015.

There were a diverse range of presentations at the session. The session chair was Dr. Renier van Heerden.

The following presentations were made:

  • Keynote: Leon Staphorst (SANReN CA) and Duncan Greaves (TENET): The SA NREN as an enabler of South Africa’s Research Community
  • Andrew Wilson, Lucidview: Demonstration on how LucidView uses Big Data to add more value for Security, Trending Analysis and Management
  • Johann Tonsing, Netronome: Software Defined Networking: Concepts, Rationale and Outlook
  • Erasmus Burger, University of Pretoria: Communications and fieldwork in Antarctica, from a field-based scientist’s point of view
  • Prof. Barry Irwin, Rhodes University: SANReN as a research enabler – A darknet case study
  • Roderick Mooi, SANReN CA: Big Data, Faster (aka Operating Innovative Networks)

The SA NREN is hosting a parallel event at the CHPC National Meeting 2015

The South African National Research and Education Network (SA NREN) will be hosting a parallel session at the CHPC National Meeting 2015. The theme of this year National Meeting is: Towards an integrated cyberinfrastructure.

SA NREN parallel event
Date: Wednesday, 02 Decmemebr 2015
Venue: The CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC), Pretoria, South Africa
Time: 13h30 onwards, Sessions 3A (13h30 to 15h00) and 3B (15h45 to 17h15)

For further details see:

Successful Mconf web conferencing launch events in Pretoria and Cape Town!

Mconf web conferencing was officially launched as a production level service last week at two successful Mconf web conferencing launch events. The events took place at the CSIR ICC in Pretoria, on Wednesday 22nd July 2015, and at CPUT Bellville campus on Thursday 23rd July 2015.

The event was conducted using the SA NREN’s Mconf web conferencing installation which enabled a speaker from the Mconf Technology’s web conferencing development team in Porto Alegre, Brazil to participate and present at the session.

Find the poster, agenda, presentations and handouts from the event below:

You can start using this feature rich web conference collaboration tool immediately by registering at

Below are pictures taken at the event in Pretoria:

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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!

SA NREN CSIRT Workshop, 26-27 May 2015

A Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) is “an organization or team that provides services and support to a defined constituency for preventing, handling, and responding to computer security incidents’’[1]. These incidents can include hacking, denial of service, intellectual property theft, data breaches, compromised systems, malware, etc. A CSIRT attempts to isolate, mitigate the effects of, disable and assist with recovery from these incidents. Additionally, a CSIRT can provide a number of proactive services to prevent these incidents from occurring in the first place. A CSIRT provides planned and prepared, rather than ad-hoc, handling and prevention of IT security incidents.

An SA NREN CSIRT will facilitate a coordinated response to incidents affecting the community (that is all SANReN beneficiaries and TENET customers). It can provide a central source of skills and expertise accessible by the entire community, for the community, in a cost-efficient manner. Furthermore, a coordinating CSIRT has insight that individual institutions may not have regarding the bigger picture and scope of an incident. This facilitates effective response for the whole community. Common incident prevention tasks (e.g. advisory dissemination) can also be coordinated to optimise resources. Besides acting as a centralised reporting point for the constituency, the CSIRT can also act as an intermediary to national and/or international partners as required.

The aim of this workshop is to discuss the desire for and a model of a CSIRT for the constituency of the South African NREN with the following sub-objectives:

  1. Determine the community’s support for such a team
  2. Workshop the following (as interrelated concerns):
    1. Services that the CSIRT must/should/can provide
    2. An appropriate structure for the CSIRT
    3. Staffing
    4. Funding model
  3. The formation of an establishment team (steering committee) with supporting working groups to implement the CSIRT focussing on areas such as:
    1. Policies and processes
    2. Tools and technologies
    3. Partners
    4. Legal aspects (e.g. POPI compliance)

Workshop logistics:

Venue: Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre
Date: 26 and 27 May 2015
Start Time: Day 1 – 09h30 for 10h00; Day 2 – 09h00

[1] Alberts, C., Dorofee, A., Killcrece, G., Ruefle, R., & Zajicek, M. (2004). Defining incident management processes for CSIRTs: A work in progress (Tech. Rep.). Carnegie Mellon University. (