Jacques Ophoff

Senior Lecturer, PhD (Information Technology)

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I'm a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Division of Cybersecurity where I teach various security-related topics at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including security in software engineering, digital forensics, and human aspects of security.

My research focuses on all levels of cybersecurity from individual to national level. I'm particularly interested in management and human aspects of security. To date I have supervised 70+ postgraduate research projects to completion.


Module leader: Software Engineering Practice (CMP307); Engineering Resilient Systems (CMP417, CMP510)

Research interests

My research focuses primarily on information and cybersecurity. This includes a broad range of topics ranging from technical implementations, to management, and behavioural factors. Individuals are often considered to be the weakest link in security and I have a particular interest in human factors in (also called behavioural) security. Current problems I’m investigating are how to motivate secure behaviours in individuals and organisations, and understanding resistance to security recommendations. I also have an interest in the related area of information privacy.


I'm the SICSA Cyber Security research theme co-lead (2021-2022). I'm the current (2020-2023) Vice-Chair of IFIP Working Group 11.8, which focuses on information security education. I hold an Honorary Research Associate position at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I'm an Associate Editor for the Journal of Intellectual Capital (Securing the Organization's Knowledge and Information). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • Risk homeostasis and security fatigue: a case study of data specialists

    Bhana, A. & Ophoff, J., 9 Feb 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Information and Computer Security.

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  • Perceptions of beauty in security ceremonies

    Bella, G., Ophoff, J., Renaud, K., Sempreboni, D. & Vigano, L., 1 Sept 2022, In: Philosophy and Technology. 35, 3, 34 p., 72.

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  • Reducing exposure to hateful speech online

    Bowker, J. & Ophoff, J., 7 Jul 2022, Intelligent Computing: Proceedings of the 2022 Computing Conference. Arai, K. (ed.). Cham: Springer, Vol. 3. p. 630-645 16 p. (Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems; vol. 508).

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  • Relevant cybersecurity: curriculum guidance for the South African context

    Brink, R., Ophoff, J. & Ruhwanya, Z., 8 Dec 2022, ICT Education: 51st Annual Conference of the Southern African Computer Lecturers' Association, SACLA 2022, Cape Town, South Africa, July 21–22, 2022, Revised Selected Papers. Barnett, R. J., le Roux, D. B., Parry, D. A. & Watson, B. W. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 3-19 17 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS); vol. 1664).

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  • Security fatigue: a case study of data specialists

    Bhana, A. & Ophoff, J., 22 Jul 2022, Human Aspects of Information Security and Assurance: 16th IFIP WG 11.12 International Symposium, HAISA 2022, Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece, July 6–8, 2022, Proceedings. Clarke, N. & Furnell, S. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 275-284 10 p. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (IFIP AICT); vol. 658).

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    1 Citation (Scopus)