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IT Governance, Risk and Compliance – legal lens

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You have to:

  • practice good IT governance,
  • manage IT legal risks, and
  • comply with the IT laws, rules, codes and standards that apply to your organisation.

We can help you to do it practically and effectively. Many people are not aware of the IT laws that apply to their business or the legal aspects of IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (IT GRC). What must an organisation comply with? What should you consider? What IT legal risks should be addressed? What impact does the law have on information, communication and technology (ICT)?

Why does it matter? What could happen to you if you don’t comply?

  • Suffer reputational damage
  • Lose customers and fail to attract new ones
  • Pay out millions in damages to a civil class action
  • Be fined or face  years in jail

Attend a seminar, webinar, workshop, or executive briefing presented by an expert with practical experience.  We give examples throughout.

  • Get an overview of IT or cyber law and know what practical action to take.
  • Get expert practical legal advise and guidance, but use your resources.
  • Save time and fast track your compliance efforts whilst still applying good management principles.
  • Identify your main areas of concern.
  • Get a working understanding of the effect of IT law issues on your organisation.
  • Get a bird’s eye view and a detailed analysis of the specific practical issues that concern you.
  • Find out how to comply and implement IT laws in your organisation.
  • Find solutions to fill gaps.
  • Plan what you need to do, and when.
  • Make your compliance project a success.
  • Get up-to-speed quickly.

Public seminars

Our public seminars over the last few years were well received. We are running more public seminars from 9am to 4pm on:

One delegate is R3,990 (including VAT). Two or more qualifies for a 10% discount. We will serve lunch and refreshments. We limit delegate numbers, so bookings are done on a first come, first served basis. We aim to give practical insights that you can use to be effective. We do not give law lectures! We will refund you, if you do not think you received value.

What do we cover?

  • Laying the foundation – IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (IT GRC)
  • Why IT GRC matters
  • Exploring the link between the governance principles in King III and IT law
  • What does COBIT say about the law and compliance?
  • Compliance with IT laws
  • Consideration of IT rules, codes and standards
  • What must your organisation comply with?
  • Addressing IT legal risks
  • Who is responsible?
  • Parliament has gone mad
  • An overview of IT laws – an analogy with a plumbing system
  • The practical application of the law to real issues (things like electronic signatures, email disclaimers, social media, and cloud computing)
  • The latest developments, including recent South African case law on facebook and gmail.
  • Tips for successful projects
  • Questions you should be asking
  • The process you should follow
  • Using frameworks – like an IT Legal Framework
  • Looking at solutions – keep the end in mind
  • Some quick wins
  • Factors for success
  • Take home points and Action items


  • Know how you can monitor, evaluate, and assess compliance with external legal and regulatory requirements related to IT
  • Do a high level assessment of your organisation
  • Know which IT laws, rules, codes or standard are relevant to you
  • Identify your big issues.
  • Understand the BIG PICTURE
  • Know who is responsible and why
  • Get a working understanding of the effect of IT laws on your organisation and its businessGet an overview of IT laws, including, the ECT Act, RICA, PAI Act, and POPI
  • Become sufficiently familiar with the general content of IT laws to discharge your duties
  • Understand the context of IT laws and how they interact
  • Get our insights on running a successful project
  • Get some quick wins
  • Be aware of the lastest developments
  • See the article Are you aware of applicable IT laws for more information.

“Legal experts were brilliant” delegates at an IT Governance, Risk and Compliance conference

Course Material

We will give you:

  • a copy of our comprehensive presentation covering IT law and GRC,
  • a copy of our List of IT Laws,
  • a copy of the signed version of POPI, including a POPI word cloud,
  • our POPI Mapper – a tool to map activities,
  • access to the restricted premium content on www.michalsons.co.za,
  • a list of Action Items so that the session translates into practical action.
  • a 10% discount off the IT Legal Framework.

What sets us apart?

  • We have significant practical experience dealing with these specific areas.
  • Our sessions are interactive - you are able to ask questions, have your specific issues dealt with, and influence what gets discussed.
  • Our sessions are tailored to the attendees - we ask you questions in advance so that we know what your issues are and your existing level of knowledge.
  • We do not give sales pitches, which is unfortunately so often what speakers do at conferences.
  • We provide insight and simplify the issues, which can only be done after practically applying IT laws to real business issues.
  • We empower you and do not try to entrench ourselves in your organisation.
  • The topic gets covered more comprehensively when one person leads the discussion for a day, than many different people covering the same ground. It is not different people covering the same issues superficially in different ways.
  • We cover the same ground in one day, rather than two. This saves you time and money. We tell you what you need to know, not everything.

Who should attend? Why should they be aware of IT laws?

  • Directors (executive and non-executive, CEOs and FDs) – to discharge their legal duties and direct the course of the organisation
  • CAEs, auditors and assurance providers (internal and external) – to audit and provide assurance regards IT
  • CROs and Risk Managers – to address IT legal risks
  • CIOs and IT Managers – to manage IT
  • IT Operators – to ensure that IT operates
  • IT Security officers - to secure IT
  • Information (protection) officers – to balance access to information and protection of personal information
  • IT Governance officers and specialists – to govern IT
  • Compliance officers – to effectively comply with IT laws
  • Consultants - to advise and provide solutions on IT related issues
  • Legal advisors (corporate lawyers or in-house lawyers) – to provide good legal advice on IT issues
  • Attorneys and advocates - to provide good legal advice on IT issues

Who is the presenter?

John Giles

John is a trusted independent legal adviser, who is a practising attorney. He is currently helping many organisations comply with IT laws, rules, codes and standards, and address IT legal risks.  He has also presented over 20 times on the topic. He has 13 years of practical experience applying his knowledge to organisations to help them grow and avoid legal problems, difficulties, and disputes. He is a member of the King III IT Governance Sub-Committee.

How long is it?

It depends on the format

  • The presentation is 45 minutes.
  • The seminar and the workshop is a half or full day.
  • The executive briefing is 45 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions.
  • The webinar about 45 minutes.


If you are interested, please complete the form on the left or

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We will contact you to find out more about your requirements or send you an invoice.


Our public workshops are at various venues around the country. We choose venues that are central so you can get to it easy, that have adequate parking, good food, and that ensure you are comfortable.

We are happy to give the seminar, workshop or executive briefing at your venue. If you want a personal in-house seminar at your offices, please contact us and we will send you a quote.

Still have questions?

Click here to find out more about webinars. If you have any questions please email learning@michalsons.com.

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