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Dr. Francois Mouton is an Associate Professor in Cyber Security at Noroff University College based in Oslo, Norway. His fields of expertise are social engineering, penetration testing and digital forensics. Francois graduated with a PhD Computer Science, in the field of social engineering, from the University of Pretoria in 2018. The focus of his PhD was on techniques on identifying and thwarting social engineering attacks by altering the human psyche. During his academic career he has also completed all the undergraduate modules provided at University of Pretoria for both psychology and accounting. He has (co)authored several international publications, mainly on topics of digital forensics readiness and social engineering. His research has had a significant impact within the field of social engineering and he currently has an h-index and an i10-index of 9.

His research in social engineering has allowed him to achieve a great understanding of the human psyche and has empowered him to perform at an international level in electronic sport. He was awarded with Protea Colours (South African National Colours) in 2016 when he was selected by Mind Sports South Africa to represent South Africa on the international stage in electronic sport. He also actively contributes back to the developing community of South Africa. He is actively involved with mentoring students at most of the South African universities and he is also continuously involved with hackathons hosted across the country. His current focus is on the development of a human psyche model that can be utilised by the general public to create both cyber security awareness and to allow them to protect themselves against cyber security threats.

Research Interests

Dr. Mouton’s research interests are largely in the area of how the human psyche could be altered to thwart cyber security related threats. He also has research exposure in digital forensics, wireless sensor networks, research ethics, security automation and penetration testing. Other key areas that he is looking to expand into include cyber security awareness and education. Consultancy, Commercial Work and Industrial Connections

Dr. Mouton has performed consultancy and training at various companies in South Africa. He was employed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Warfare, which is South Africa’s leading research institute, for over 7 years. During this time he was responsible for several security audits and secure development projects for the South African National Defence Force. He was also employed as a senior manager for one of South Africa’s leading Incident Response teams during 2019.

Recent Publications

Masango, Mfundo, Francois Mouton, Palesa Antony, and Bokang Mangoale. “An Approach for Detecting Web Defacement with Self-healing Capabilities”. In: Transactions on Computational Science XXXII: Special Issue on Cybersecurity and Biometrics. Ed. by Marina L. Gavrilova, C.J. Kenneth Tan, and Alexei Sourin, pp. 29–42.

Mouton, F., A. Nottingham, L. Leenen, and H. S. Venter. “Finite State Machine for the Social Engineering Attack Detection Model: SEADM”. In: SAIEE Africa Research Journal 109.2, pp. 133–148.

Mouton, F., L. Leenen, and H. S. Venter. “Social engineering attack examples, templates and scenarios”. In: Computers & Security 59, pp. 186–209.

Mouton, Francois, Mercia M. Malan, Kai K. Kimppa, and H. S. Venter. “Necessity for ethics in social engineering research”. In: Computers & Security 55, pp. 114–127.

Malan, M. M. and F. Mouton. “Protecting e-mail anonymity with an Anonymizer Bouncer”. In: Journal of Information Warfare 11.3, pp. 39–50.

Oosthuizen, R., L. Pretorius, F. Mouton, and M. M. Molekoa. “Cyber Security Investment Cost-Benefit Investigation Using System Dynamics Modelling”. In: 14th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, pp. 304–314.

Mouton, F., M. Pepper, and T. Meyer. “A Social Engineering Prevention Training Tool: Methodology and Design for validating the SEADM”. In: Twelth International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance. Ed. by Steven Furnell and Nathan Clarke. University of Plymouth, pp. 1–12.

Mutemwa, M. and F. Mouton. “Cyber security threats and mitigation techniques for multifunctional devices”. In: 2018 Conference on Information Communications Technology and Society (ICTAS), pp. 1–6.

Bell, L. K., F. Mouton, and T. Meyer. “Mobile on-board vehicle event recorder: MOVER”. In: 2017 Conference on Information Communication Technology and Society (ICTAS), pp. 1–7.

Mouton, F., A. Nottingham, L. Leenen, and H. S. Venter. “Underlying finite state machine for the social engineering attack detection model”. In: 2017 Information Security for South Africa (ISSA), pp. 98–105.

Mouton, F., M. Teixeira, and T. Meyer. “Benchmarking a mobile implementation of the social engineering prevention training tool”. In: 2017 Information Security for South Africa (ISSA), pp. 106–116.

Mouton, F., L. Leenen, and H. S. Venter. “Social Engineering Attack Detection Model: SEADMv2”. In: 2015 International Conference on Cyberworlds (CW), pp. 216–223.

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ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 IT Security Techniques Member

BRICS Security Specialists Advisory Panel

IFIP Technical Committee 9 on ICT and Society: Member of WG 9.10 – ICT Uses in Peace and War