Dorreen Mokoena

Doreen Mokona

What does your company do?

An Internationally renowned and multiple awards winning company with a relentless commitment to innovation and a passion for cybersecurity, we offer cutting-edge solutions to protect businesses, individuals, and governments worldwide. Empowering organizations to navigate the digital landscape with confidence, ensuring their assets and data remain secure against the ever-evolving threat landscape. Cybersec Clinique is where innovation meets security, and technology transforms the future. In an era dominated by digital landscapes and cyber complexities, our mission is clear: to empower businesses to thrive securely in the digital age through an array of services tailored to meet the evolving needs of modern enterprises. Our expertise spans across four key pillars: Cybersecurity, Software Engineering, Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) and Managed Security Services. What sets us apart is not just our expertise, but our commitment to partnership and excellence. We work closely with our clients to understand their unique challenges and objectives, providing tailored solutions that deliver measurable results and drive business value. With a focus on innovation, integrity, and excellence

What is your biggest success?

Our greatest success story isn't just about winning awards or making profit; it's about transforming lives, reshaping industries, and making a meaningful impact on society through cybersecurity, software engineering, and digital transformation.One of our proudest achievements has been our commitment to hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those who might not have traditional cybersecurity or software engineering experience. We believe that talent knows no bounds, and by providing opportunities for individuals with diverse skill sets and perspectives, we've been able to foster a culture of innovation and creativity unlike any other. Our CEO only hires from Hackathons, Datathons and Code Clinics, this is aimed at recruiting individuals with unconventional backgrounds, such as ethical hackers, cybersecurity enthusiasts, and self-taught programmers. Through this initiative, we've been able to tap into a pool of raw talent, passion, and curiosity, bringing fresh perspectives and unconventional solutions to the table.By providing comprehensive training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities, we've transformed these individuals into cybersecurity and software engineering experts, empowering them to pursue rewarding careers and make a meaningful impact in the industry.But our success goes beyond just hiring practices; it's about the social impact we're able to make through our work. Through our cybersecurity initiatives, we've helped protect vulnerable communities from cyber threats, safeguarding their digital identities and financial assets. In collaboration with non-profit organizations and government agencies, we've launched cybersecurity awareness campaigns aimed at educating individuals about online safety and privacy, empowering them to navigate the digital world with confidence. Furthermore, our software engineering solutions have played a pivotal role in driving digital transformation across industries, revolutionizing how businesses operate, engage with customers, and deliver value. From developing innovative and secure systems that improve fatalities and safety in mines, schools and government entities. Ultimately, our biggest success lies in the lives we've touched, the careers we've nurtured, and the positive change we've brought about in the world. As we continue to push the boundaries of cybersecurity, software engineering, and digital transformation, we remain committed to making a difference, one innovation at a time. Our founder and CEO, was resently recognised as Top-5 women in Cybersecurity in Africa, Beyond the award itself, this recognition served as validation of our mission to empower businesses to thrive securely in the digital age. It reaffirmed our belief that innovation, collaboration, and excellence are not just ideals but essential ingredients for success in an ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape.Looking ahead, we remain steadfast in our commitment to driving innovation, delivering exceptional solutions, and setting new benchmarks of excellence in cybersecurity and software engineering. With each success, we are reminded of the impact that our work has on the security and prosperity of our clients and the broader digital ecosystem.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Running a cybersecurity company comes with its fair share of challenges, and navigating these obstacles requires resilience, adaptability, and a strategic mindset. One of the most significant hurdles we've faced has been competing with well-established, JSE and NASDAQ-listed companies in the cybersecurity space.While these companies may have greater resources, brand recognition, and market presence, we've leveraged our agility, innovation, and customer-centric approach to carve out our niche in the industry. However, competing with giants requires more than just innovative solutions; it demands strategic planning, calculated risk-taking, and a relentless focus on delivering value to our clients. One of the key challenges we've encountered in this competitive landscape is access to operational capital. Unlike our NASDAQ-listed counterparts, we may face limitations in securing large-scale investments or accessing capital markets. As a result, we've had to be resourceful and creative in our approach to funding, exploring alternative financing options, strategic partnerships, and revenue-generating initiatives to fuel our growth and expansion. Another obstacle we've grappled with is the issue of delayed payments, which can significantly impact our cash flow and operational efficiency. In an industry where timely delivery and responsiveness are paramount, delayed payments can strain our resources, hinder our ability to invest in research and development, and impede our growth trajectory. To address this challenge, we've implemented robust invoicing processes, established clear payment terms, and cultivated strong relationships with our clients built on trust, transparency, and mutual respect. Moreover, gender biases persist in the cybersecurity sector, posing a unique set of challenges for women in leadership positions and female cybersecurity professionals. Despite the strides made toward gender diversity and inclusion, women continue to be underrepresented in cybersecurity roles, facing stereotypes, biases, and barriers to advancement. Cybersec Clinique is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, championing the talents and contributions of women in cybersecurity, and empowering them to thrive in leadership roles. While these hurdles may seem daunting, they've also presented opportunities for growth, learning, and innovation. By embracing agility, resilience, and a growth mindset, we've been able to overcome these challenges, differentiate ourselves in the market, and emerge as a trusted leader in the cybersecurity industry. As we continue to navigate the ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape, we remain committed to tackling challenges head-on, seizing opportunities, and driving positive change in the digital world.