Johann van der Merwe

Johann van der Merwe is the Security Practice Lead for Accenture South Africa. He works with private and public sector leaders on the planning and implementation of solutions in the information security, technology governance and privacy domains. Johann has over 10 years of dedicated security experience that includes local & international projects spanning cross-industries & broad technology domains.

Johann has worked with various organisations in, for example, the financial services, telecommunications, mining, retail and government sectors. He has advised organisations on information security matters in countries such as the UK, Canada, Sudan, Botswana, Namibia, Cote-d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Mauritius and in South Africa as his home country.

Johann's industry involvement includes leading South Africa at the ISO meetings on information security management. Lately, he has been involved in major revisions of the two main information security standards, namely ISO 27001 and ISO 27002.

Prior to joining Accenture, Johann was Head of Information Security for De Beers Group of Companies where he was responsible for establishing and leading the global information security function.

Johann also worked as a Senior Manager in the Advisory division of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and as a Manager in the Security & Privacy Services team of Deloitte.

Johann received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering (specialising in information security) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Johann holds the CISM and CISA certifications from ISACA.

Specialties: Information security leadership, governance, management and technical consulting in complex business and high risk environments.


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Abbreviated CV

Johann van der Merwe was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa (1981).

Education:

PhD degree in Electronic Engineering: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (2010).

MSc degree in Electronic Engineering: University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (2005).

BSc degree in Electronic Engineering: University of Natal, Durban, South Africa (2003).

Matric Certificate (High School): Grey College, Bloemfontein, South Africa (1999).

Career Overview:

Senior Manager - Security Practice Lead, Accenture (2013, September - current). 

Group Head of Information Security (Chief Information Security Officer), De Beers Group of Companies (2011, January - 2013, August). 

Senior Manager and Information Security Competency Leader, Advisory, PricewaterhouseCoopers (2008, December - 2010, December). 

Manager and Information Security Consultant, Security & Privacy Services, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche (2006, July - 2008, November).

Information Security Researcher and PhD Candidate, Meraka Institute , CSIR (2006, January - June).

Information Security Researcher, Programmer and Engineer,  ARMSCOR & UKZN (2004-2005).



Research Activities

Johann van der Merwe obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering within the communications research group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Johann performed information security and communication technology research and development under contract with ARMSCOR, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa. The research and development focused on the security of mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) and distributed communication systems. Within the information and communication technology security field Johann considered the following areas:



Reference List

During his research Johann has captured some academic security references into a database. These are in general good publications mostly in the security fields listed above. The bibtex file containing most of  the references can be downloaded here.



Publications



M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering Thesis

Key Management in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, Master of Science in Elecronic Engineering, UKZN, final version here.

The examiners for Johann's MSc Eng were were as follows:

Prof. Dr. Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Prof. Dr. Hongjun Xu, UKZN, South Africa.



Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering Thesis

Security Mechanisms for Distributed Communication Systems, Doctor of Philosophy in Electronic Engineering, UKZN, final version here.

The examiners for Johann's PhD were as follows:

Prof. Dr. Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Prof. Dr. Mukesh Singhal, The University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Currently Chancellor's Professor, School of Engineering, University of California, Merced.

Prof. Dr. Fambirai Takawira, Dean of Engineering, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Currently Head of School, Electrical and Information Engineering, Wits University, South Africa.


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