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Prof Jan Eloff

Jan Eloff received a PhD (Computer Science) from the Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa. He gained practical experience by working as management consultant specialising in the field of information security. Since October 2002 he is Head of Department and full professor in Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Pretoria. Prior to that he has was a full professor in Computer Science at the Rand Afrikaans University.

He is a representative from South Africa on Technical Committee 11 (Information Security) of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). In 2001 he received the IFIP Silver Core and Outstanding Services Award for his long-term services to IFIP.

He has published extensively in a wide spectrum of accredited international subject journals. Many acclaimed international and national conferences were organised and conducted under his leadership. He delivered papers at leading information security conferences on an international level.

He is an evaluated researcher from The National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa. He is a member of the Council for Natural Scientists of South Africa.

He is an annually invited guest professor at the International Institute of Management in Telecommunications, University of Fribourg, presenting a module on information security.

He advises to industry on various information security projects.


Prof Martin Olivier

Martin Olivier is a professor at the Department of Computer Science in the School of Information Technology at the University of Pretoria. In addition to normal teaching and research duties, he is the research coordinator of the School of Information Technology.

His current research interests include privacy and digital forensics as well as database, application and system security. Research Activities are carried out in the Information and Computer Security Architecture Research Group at the University of Pretoria.

He is author or co-author of more than 80 academic publications. More than a dozen students have completed their Masters or Doctoral studies under his guidance. He is a member of the editorial board of Data & Knowledge Engineering. He is also member of IFIP working group 11.3 on database and application security, IFIP working group 11.9 on digital forensics, the ACM, the Computer Society of South Africa and the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Art).

Prof Olivier holds a BSc degree in Mathematical Sciences, BSc (Honours), MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science, a BA degree in Humanities and a BA (Honours) degree in Philosophy.


Prof Hein Venter

Prof. Hein S. Venter graduated at the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) in 1996, majoring in Computer Science and Informatics. He successfully obtained a B.Sc (Hons.) degree in Computer Science in 1997. In 1999 he received the M.Sc degree (Cum Laude) in Computer Science. Since February 2000 he has been a junior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the RAU and was promoted to full lecturer in February 2002. Since February 2003 he has been a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria.

His research interests are in computer and Internet security, which include network security, Intrusion detection, information privacy, and digital forensics.

Prof. Venter has published in a number of accredited international subject journals. A number of acclaimed international and national, Computer and Information Security conferences, were attended where he presented his research papers. He is also a member of the organising committee of the Information Security for South Africa (ISSA) national conference and the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT) national conference.

Prof. Venter is also involved in consultation work from time to time, involving setting up and creating information and computer security courses for industry, as well as security consultation work.


Mr Michael Köhn

Michael Kohn holds a Junior Lecturer position at the University of Pretoria where he currently lectures undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Michael started his studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1996. He has since obtained a BMus(honors) in Music Technology and a BSc(honors) in Computer Science. He is currently busy completing his MSc in Computer Science. His interests lie in Computer and Information Security with the specific focus on forensic processes that can be used to obtain evidence. This can be presented in court with the sound backing of a rigorous process.

The title for the thesis is: "Forensic Framework for Collection and Presentation of Digital Evidence".

Michael is also part of the Information and Security Architecture Research Group, also known as ICSA. ICSA is one of the main Research Groups in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria. A number of topics that are also of interest here are Trust, Network Forensics and Privacy.

Research has also attracted interest from another angle and Michael is also completing a LLB, law degree through Unisa. He has also had papers accepted at conferences such as ISSA, held annually in South Africa.


Ms Tayana Morkel

Tayana Morkel is a junior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, University of Pretoria. She is currently busy with her MSc (Computer Science) at UP in the field of computer security. Her main research focus area is image steganography, which is also the focus of her MSc dissertation. Her research papers have been presented at a couple of international, as well as national, conferences on information and computer security

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