Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Looking back on 2018 and forward to great things in 2019!

As we enter a new year Telspace would like to look back on 2018 and thank everyone who made 2018 a great and exciting year. We have had the pleasure of attending a number of conferences where we were able to present, train and share ideas with like-minded individuals. This blog post provides an overview of some of the highlights this year, if we have missed anything let us know in the comments below!
We kicked the year off by hiring William Boshoff as our Chief Technical Officer (CTO), this was and still is part of our constant drive to continuously innovate and improve our services to clients. William believes that cultivating a culture of continual growth, learning and development directly translates into greater value for Telspace’s clients.
William’s experience ranges from assessing and consulting in high security environments, mostly in the finance and government sectors, through to lecturing and contributing as a subject matter expert on multiple boards.
In his spare time, William enjoys contributing to the information security community by sharing his research, mentoring and developing zero-day exploits.   
William Boshoff (Telsace Systems CTO)

Telspace has also smashed international borders and expanded internationally to the UK, Egypt and Palestine! If you are interested and PASSIONATE, we are hiring!

Local is Lekker

Telspace has always been very close to the local (South African) infosec community and we believe in giving back. In line with this Telspace sponsored BSides Cape Town 2018, where we were proud to run a “selfies for charity” fundraiser for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (@TheSADAG). 

Telspace Crew at BSides Cape Town 2018 (left to right): Manny Corregedor, Derek Scott, Ayaz Saiyed

Some “selfies for charity” at BSides Cape Town 2018

Telspace also spoke at ITWeb’s Security Summit 2018, gave training (Ethical Hacking 101) and exhibited. Our CEO, Dino Covotsos and COO, Manny Corregedor, were both part of the advisory board for 2018. The conference was well attended and had great international speakers such as Mikko Hyppönen, April Wright, Jayson Street and Rodrigo Branco who gave keynotes.

We also got the opportunity to catchup with the international speakers who are old / good friends of Telspace Systems employees and made a charitable donation to CANSA for every Telspace t-shirt that was given away to attendees that visited our stand.  We also exhibited at the Department of Defence supplier day which was well attended.

Left to right: Tarryn Hardman (Telspace Systems), Sibusiso Nxumalo (Former-Telspace Systems Employee), Rodrigo Branco (Intel), Manny Corregedor (Telspace Systems)

Left to right: Mikko Hyppönen (F-Secure), Dino Covotsos (Telspace Systems)
Manny Corregedor(Telspace Systems) giving a talk on ‘Information Security Cakes’ at the ITWeb Security Summit 2018

Telspace Systems Stand at the Department of Defence Supplier Day 2018

Going abroad!

Throughout the year we also participated in international conferences, round table events and provided comments on news stories in the media.
In addition to supporting local events, we also attended Blackhat, Defcon 26 and BSides in Las Vegas.
Our CEO Dino Covotsos also gave talks at:
  • Defcon 26 2018 – Recon Village (Las Vegas, USA)
  • Hack In The Box 2018 (Dubai)
  • Hackers to Hackers 2018, H2HC (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Dino was also listed as one of the security researchers that was thanked by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) in recognition of making Microsoft online services safer by finding and reporting security vulnerabilities. More information at:

Dino Covotsos giving a talk on Hacking the RFQ Process at Hackers to Hackers (Brazil)
Left to right: Dino Covotsos (Telspace Systems), Rodrigo Branco (Intel)

SACICON 2018 Badges

Left to right: Jayson Street, Nina Alli and Dino Covotsos at SACICON (Brazil)

Hack In The Box 2018 (Dubai)
Dino Covotsos giving a talk on Hacking the RFQ Process at Hack In The Box 2018 (Dubai)

Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone who made our 2018 year so amazing, a huge thank you to our staff, clients, employees, friends and most importantly the local Information Security community.   We wish you all the best and a prosperous year for 2019.

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