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#MyCyberWhy 24: Nobukhosi Dlamini, Eisenhower Fellow 2020, Founder, Bahati Tech and The GIFT Foundation

Welcome to “My Cyber Why”! — a glimpse into the life and work of experts from around the world who have dedicated themselves to protecting cyberspace.

There’s no shortage of scary headlines about the latest hacks and malware releases. But what doesn’t make the headlines are the inspiring stories of the people who work every day to make the cyber world a safer place. These are their stories and cybersecurity is their passion.
In each episode guests answer four questions:

Who are you?
What do you do in cyber?
Why do you do it?
How can people get involved or learn more?

Today’s guest is Nobukhosi Dlamini. Nobukhosi lives in Cape Town, South Africa and is blazing a new path for cybersecurity in the region. She founded the data protection company BAHATI Tech in 2017 where she leads operations and growth as well as being the Lead Consultant responsible for ensuring successful delivery of engagement in projects related to Cybersecurity and Data Protection (GDPR and POPIA Compliance). Nobukhosi is also a philanthropist, with a passion for Inclusion and Women Entrepreneurship. To that end, Nobukhosi founded the non-profit The GIFT Foundation to help young African Women from poor backgrounds participate in tech careers and create transformed spaces where they can grow and thrive.

in 2019, Nobukhosi was selected by the US State Department to participate in Tech Women 2019 — a five week exchange program where selected Emerging Tech Leaders from around world. And she was a 2020 Eisenhower Foundation Fellow. Nobukhosi holds a BSc Computer Science degree from University of Cape Town. She has managed technology environments in many countries in Sub Saharan Africa.

Ready to hear Nobukhosi’s #MyCyberWhy?

Nobukhosi’s #MyCyberWhy

[1:23] Welcome Nobukhosi
[1:28] Nobukhosi: tech founder, manager, entrepreneur, South African, and philanthropist
[2:40] Improving career prospects and breaking the cycle of poverty
[3:25] There’s no such thing as a typical day at a startup!
[4:40] Experiences in the Eisenhower fellowship program
[7:01] Bringing the lessons of the fellowship program to build her company
[7:37] Unexpected synergies: issues are global, security is a team sport
[8:48] Why do you do what you do?
[9:38] Having a need to build a safer world: desire to address the world’s dangers leads to a passion for security
[10:52] How can the rest of us make the world a safer place?
[11:37] Cybersecurity is a life skill, not a technology skill
[12:23] Stay alert, educate yourself and the people around you
[12:35] Thank you Nobukhosi!

Thanks for listening!

Want to get involved? Do you or someone you know have a Cyber Why? Reach out to me on LinkedIn or Twitter



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