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CGF Articles & Editorials

CYBER CRIME: RANSOMWARE LURKS DANGEROUSLY WITHIN THE INTERNET (2016-05-23)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Craig Rosewarne (CEO: Wolfpack Information Risk)

It was estimated by ISACA -- previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association® -- that there could be as much as 5.4 billion internet-based connected devices by the year 2020.  And these estimates may even exceed their original projections as technology advances with its prolific and wide-spread adoption.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: CAN SOUTH AFRICA DO IT? (2016-05-09)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen

The impacts of the widely broadcasted activities that South African citizens witnessed regarding the ‘Nenegate blunder’ will be felt hardest amongst the poor, and for many years to come.  And this is with no thanks to President Jacob Zuma.

SCANT REGARD FOR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA (2016-04-18)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen

With the recent findings of the Constitutional Court pertaining to the Nkandla matter, the subject of corporate governance has intensified and the topic has featured in media headlines, talk-shows and public debates across South Africa.

CORPORATE REPUTATION: IT CERTAINLY MATTERS (2016-04-04)

By Terrance M. Booysen and reviewed by Ian Jacobsberg (Partner: Hogan Lovells)

One hardly needs any reminding of the global economic crash and its devastating effects the world experienced in September 2008.  Many businesses were brought to their knees, and countless individuals were financially ruined as a result of what could only be described as reckless trading, backed by the greed of a select group of business executives in the financial services market.

GOVERNANCE OF RISK: A CRITICAL ELEMENT FOR BOARD DELIBERATION (2016-03-15)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen

As more pressure is exerted upon organisations to demonstrate good governance across their entire operation, increasingly boards of directors are expected to possess far greater knowledge and understanding of the organisation’s business and its supply chain.

TREATING CUSTOMERS FAIRLY, OR NOT? (2016-03-07)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen and reviewed by Deon Francis (Partner: Hogan Lovells)

In today’s times, customers are very much aware of their rights. Whether or not a frustrated customer is standing in a long bank or retail outlet queue -- be this in South Africa or even in the bustle of Paris -- one is bound to hear someone shouting “customer service please!”

POOR GOVERNANCE AND LIPSERVICE CREATES UNSUSTAINABLE ORGANISATIONS (2016-02-08)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen

It is a fact; since the collapse of so many iconic organisations across the world, the subject of corporate governance has intensified.

SOCIAL MEDIA: CHANGING TIMES AND INCREASED RISK (2016-02-03)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen

Many technologists across the world were completely bewildered by the claim Gordon E. Moore made in 1965, when he boldly predicted the rate of change the world would undergo through the rapid development of technology.

POPI: THE RIGHT TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION (2016-01-26)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen and reviewed by Nicholas Hall (Associate: Michalsons Attorneys)

Last year there was a flurry of activity when it was reported that a well-known South African cell phone company closed its e-billing portal over an alleged security breach.

COMBINED ASSURANCE: DOUBLE CHECKS FOR BUSINESS REPORTING (2015-12-10)

Article by Terrance M. Booysen

Considering the heightened awareness of governance reporting and the increased accountability attached to directors; so much has changed for business leaders since the collapse of Enron and WorldCom in the United States, the HIH Insurance Group in Australia and Parmalat in Italy.