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Professor Johan van Niekerk is a recognised expert in the areas of cybersecurity and technology enhanced learning. He holds a PhD in Information Technology and has Master’s degrees in both Information Technology and Education. He is a Professional Member of the Institute for Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (with full IP3 accreditation) and is an established researcher who has been awarded a C2 rating from the South African National Research Foundation. He has authored numerous articles in the fields of cybersecurity and education. He served on the Global Advisory Board for the Joint Task Force for Cybersecurity Education (JTF[1]) – which was sponsored by the ACM, IEEE-CS, AIS SIGSEC, and IFIP; contributed to the ACM Computing Curricula in the field of Information Security and Assurance; served as official South African representative on IFIP Technical Committee 3; and served on numerous expert panels for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


Prof VanNiekerk has broad ranging research interests in the area of Cyber security.


Professor van Niekerk has performed consultancy for various South African Government agencies.


Bangani, S., Futcher, L., and Van Niekerk J. (2019). An Approach towards Secure Programming in Undergraduate Computing Curricula. SACLA 2019 - The 48th Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers’ Association. Alpine Heath Resort, Northern Drakensberg, South Africa, 15 – 17 July 2019.

Leppan, R. G., van Niekerk, J. F., & Botha, R. A. (2018). Process Model for Differentiated Instruction using Learning Analytics. South African Computer Journal, Volume 30 (2).

Thomson. K, & Van Niekerk, J. (2018). Towards Culturally Sensitive Policy: Africanising Approaches to Prevent Social Engineering. Advanced Science Letters (Special Issue).

Von Schoultz, D., Thomson, K., & Van Niekerk, J. (2018). A Personal Informatics Approach for Internet Self-regulatory efficacy in a South African University. IFIP TC 3 – Open Conference on Computers in Education (OCCE 2018), Linz, Austria, 25-28 June 2018.


Professional Member of the Institute for Information Technology Professionals of South Africa
Member of the South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologist