Mark consults and advises on the law relating to Information and Communications Technologies generally, and practices governing information governance, management and security. He provides advice on the implementation of Data Protection initiatives, its ongoing management and the training of boards, management and users in their respective information security and protection of personal information
Mark holds BA and LLB degrees, a Higher Diploma in Company Law and is an admitted Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa. In addition to his legal qualifications Mark has studied Information Management at the Wits Graduate School of Business and qualified in 2004 as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional. Mark has lectured on Privacy law, different aspects of ICT law and information security law and practice, to Honours and Masters Students in the computer science, commercial and legal faculties, at the Universities of Johannesburg, Witwatersrand and Pretoria.
Mark has held several public appointments:
He was a member of the South African Law Reform Commission that researched and drafted the initial Protection of Personal Information bill and advised the Joint Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Justice in finalising the bill prior to its enactment. He also led the teams considering public comment on the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and presented this comment to Parliament on behalf of businesses represented by KPMG in 2002. He has served as a member of the National Cybersecurity Advisory Committee. He was invited to serve on an “expert group” convened by the Deputy Minister of Justice to review public comment, provide further comment and assist in the redrafting of certain of its provisions of the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill.