Cybersecurity and Information Warfare Research in South Africa: Challenges and Proposed Solutions

Abstract:

Cybersecurity is often incorrectly assumed to be a purely technical field; however, there are numerous multidisciplinary aspects, such as, for example, human factors, legal, and governance issues. The broad scope, combined with other historical or bureaucratic factors, can provide challenges to researchers and students where appropriate methodologies do not necessarily conform to traditional disciplinary norms; prejudice against research approaches can occur as a result of ‘old school thought’. This paper aims to investigate the South African national and institutional perspectives for higher education and research, identify challenges, and propose solutions to facilitate multidisciplinary research into cybersecurity and Information Warfare (IW) in South Africa.


AUTHORS

Photo of Dr. Trishana Ramluckan

University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban,
South Africa

Dr. Trishana Ramluckan is an academic and researcher in the Information Technology and Governance field and has worked in the Higher Education sector for the past 12 years. In 2017 she graduated with a Doctor of Administration degree in Information Systems & Technology and Public Administration, School of Management, IST and Governance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in international cyber law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Law. In addition, she serves on the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) working group 9.10 on ICT Uses in Peace and War and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) Research Advisory Group (RAG). She has contributed to the SABS working group for ISO/IEC standards for information security and is an ISACA South Africa Chapter Academic Advocate at UKZN. She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, the Journal of Contemporary Management, the Annual International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security and the Annual European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.

Photo of Dr. Brett van Niekerk

University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban,
South Africa

Dr Brett van Niekerk is currently a senior lecturer in computer science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and previously was a senior information security analyst at Transnet. He has 10 years’ experience in information security, cybersecurity, and information operations spanning academia, industry and civil society. He serves as secretary for the International Federation of Information Processing Working Group 9.10 on ICT in Peace and War, co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, Associate Editor for the International Journal of Information Security and Privacy, on the international advisory board for the Journal of Information Warfare, as a reviewer for multiple other international and local journal and conferences such as the International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security and the European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security. He previously served as ISACA South Africa’s Academic Relations Coordinator (2016-18) and as a contributor to the SABS working group for ISO/IEC 27000-series standards. In 2012 he graduated with his PhD and has subsequently completed two years of postdoctoral research into information warfare and critical infrastructure protection. He is an NRF rated researcher and has made over 30 presentations at local and international conferences and has published ten book chapters and over 20 journal articles. He is a Certified Information Security Manager, achieving the third highest score in South Africa in the December 2014 exam period. In 2018 he was awarded ISACA South Africa’s contribution award for his work in information security and cybersecurity.

Photo of Dr. Louise Leenen

University of the Western Cape and CAIRCape Town,
South Africa

Dr. Louise Leenen is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She worked as a Principal Researcher focusing on defence related research at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa until the end of 2018. Her areas of specialisation are Artificial Intelligence applications in Cyber Defence and mathematical modeling. She is the Chair of the International Federation for Information Processing’s Working Group 9.10 on ICT Uses in Peace and War.

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