Helaine Leggat (qualified lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia) is the founder of ICT legal, risk and advisory businesses in South Africa and Australia, and the Managing Partner of the Australia Office of ICT Legal Consulting (ICTLC), a law firm with offices in Milan, Bologna, Rome, an International Desk in Amsterdam, and multiple Partner Law Firms around the world.
Together with her team she advises clients in the fields of ICT, cyberlaw and data security where she has considerable international experience in Banking, Insurance, Resources, Emergency Services, Defence, Education, Health, Utilities, Retail, Logistics, Personal Data Protection, Governance, and Telecommunications.
Helaine is an internationally experienced legal advisor to global companies and government on ICT, cyber security, personal data protection and governance. A former Director and Secretary of ISACA in South Africa, and Director of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), current Co-chair of the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN), Current Director of the Australian Critical Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (CI-ISAC), Steering Committee Member for the Active Cyber Defence Alliance (ACDA), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) and Fellow of Privacy (FIP) of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Helaine is a contributing author of the book Women in the Security Profession: A Practical Guide to Career Development. (2016 – Elsevier Science Publishing. Spring 2016. Ed. Sandi J. Davies), and of numerous articles published in Australia and internationally, on the application of national legal systems to cyberspace, ethics, and information/hybrid warfare.
Helaine regularly presents at international conferences including in Australia, China and United States and has been actively engaged in teaching and knowledge transfer for government, the private sector and academia for many years.
Together with Errol la Grange, Helaine co-founded ICT law firm, Information Legal, in 2013. Information Legal is now ICTLC Australia, part of the ICTLC global network of firms.
Helaine graduated in Law at the University of South Africa in 1990, and completed the transfer of her degree to practice in Australia through the University of Sydney in 2016.