African Banking Corporation (BancABC): IT Security Specialist

Posted on :

9 Jul, 2010

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IT Jobs in South Africa

ABC Holdings Limited is the parent company of a number of sub-Saharan Africa banks operating under the BancABC (formerly African Banking Corporation) brand that offer a diverse range of financial services including personal, business and corporate banking as well as asset management, stockbroking and treasury services. Guided by its core values of professionalism, people, innovation, passion and integrity, BancABC is pursuing its vision be the preferred banking partner in Africa by offering world class financial solutions – to the benefit of all its stakeholders. BancABC is realising this vision by building profitable, lifelong customer relationships through the provision of a wide range of innovative financial products and services

BancABC has a proud heritage dating back to 1956. The Group, which has its head office in Botswana, was formed as a result of a series of mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions operating in Southern Africa. This has given the Group a strong geographical footprint as well as a sound understanding of the diverse financial markets within the region. As a result, BancABC has operations in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and a group services office in South Africa.

BancABC, previously known as African Banking Corporation, rebranded in April 2009, in line with its expansion into retail banking. BancABC’s will be opening retail banking operations across all territories by the end of 2010.

They are currently seeking for an IT security specialist.


Collaborate with the information risk group and audit group to identify, prioritise and respond to risk components, technology audits and compliance issues respectively for the technology organisation.

Develop and standardise processes and procedures relating to risk and control across the technology organisation ensuring control policies are executed upon in accordance with corporate-wide policies and external regulatory obligations.

Monitor action plans that are developed and executed to address any non-compliance with policy requirements. Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure the timely and efficient restoration / recovery of all systems in the event of natural or man-made disasters.


Effectively communicate relevant architecture and design information to superiors and peers at BancABC.

Effectively articulate the Security vulnerabilities to a level where business decision makers are able to understand these and make informed decisions to achieve the appropriate risk mitigation

Work in cross functional teams

Evoke creative and innovative thinking from team members.

Work across country boundaries to share lessons learned and best practices.

Management and Leadership

Develop a compelling, shared security vision for the team.

Ensure that appropriate training is available for technical teams.

Ensure that the team is clear on security goals and objectives.

Conduct security review meetings.

Drive and manage security project schedules.

Coordinate with outsourced engineering services, as appropriate.

Report on scheduled and product progress, related to security, on a weekly basis.


Post high school qualification

A degree in Computer Science or related

Technology knowledge and experience

Minimum of 7-10 years software security architecture and engineering required

Appropriate security certifications, such as CISSP (ISC) 2, MCSA/MCSE: Security (Microsoft), CCSP, (Cisco) and/or certifications from vendors.


Experience with security architecture related to protocols such as SNMP, HTTP, SOAP, SOA, Web Services.

Experience with secure coding practices, thread modelling, vulnerability assessment.

Experience with network and server security, including firewalls, VPN, Anti-Virus, Patch Management.


Presentation skills (persuading and influencing)

Documentation skills

Excellent communication skills (written & spoken including presentations skills)

Relationship building (networking)

Leadership skills

Problem solving skills

Analytical reasoning (including ability to work with numbers)

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