Dr Jacques Ophoff

Senior Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cybersecurity

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+44 (0)1382 30 8169


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.

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


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.

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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). 

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Dr Lynsay Shepherd

Dr Lynsay Shepherd

Division of Cybersecurity | Senior Lecturer

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Mr Jamie O'Hare

Mr Jamie O'Hare

Division of Cybersecurity | Lecturer

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