David Cohen

Chief Executive Officer

  • BA –  WITS University
  • LLB – WITS University

For the past 16 years David has been involved with innovation and marketing various security and analytics products both locally and on the African continent. With a special interest in intelligence building in big data, David has built a series of products tailor made for a number of industries including Intelligence, law enforcement, healthcare and auto insurance.

In 2012 David became the innovation and marketing director of Forensic Intelligence Data Solutions (Pty) Ltd (FIDS). He soon became CEO where he focused his attention on building together with the FIDS team of data scientists, actuaries, engineers and statisticians the FIDS platform for advanced analytical and statistical analysis. In 2016 FIDS merged in a joint venture with the BDO Cyber and Forensics Lab bringing in the FIDS platform as the foundation for a number of specialised analytics and big data projects with major IT security and solutions providers. David serves as a joint executive for the BDO Cyber and Forensic Lab, overseeing the following: Cyber Forensic Services; Advanced Analytics; Digital Forensic Services and Forensic Investigations and E-Discovery.

David plays a significant role in being a cyber and forensic evangelist, bringing awareness to organisations of the real threats that they need to prepare for. He has spoken at numerous conferences on a wide range of cyber and business risk issues such as: building cyber capacity and making use of cyber forensic technologies.  investigating fraud, waste and abuse in healthcare and auto insurance; data analytics in the risk environment; developing proactive credit management strategies; the use of technology in managing business intelligence; building cyber capacity and making use of cyber forensic technologies.

David is making a noteworthy contribution to business development as he is developing and supporting BDO partners in Africa to build their own cyber competencies. His business acumen and experience serves to establish and evolve businesses from the ground up to fully fledged, independent cyber practices.