Stellenbosch to host cyber warfare conference


The Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) at Stellenbosch University will be hosting an international cyber workshop later this month.

This will be held on 27 February at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study.

The project leader at SIGLA CYBER, Noëlle Cowling, highlights the fact that SIGLA places a special emphasis on cyber warfare and cyber strategy and their role in terms of development within the military and security context.  SIGLA CYBER will promote partnerships across academia, industry, and government within the Southern Africa region which aim to strengthen cyber security competencies and promote cyber security resilience.

The one day event will be led by two international experts in cyber security, Bryson Paine from the University of North Georgia (incorporating the Military College of Georgia), which is a USA Cyber Centre of Excellence, and Elmarie Biermann, Director of the Cyber Security Institute.  The focus will be demonstrating Cyber Simulation Exercises, both government-focused and business-focused, centered on possible dam breaches due to cyber-kinetic attack and disinformation/information operations.  They will also demonstrate the use of gamification to train and develop different skills sets within a cyber-operational environment.  The event will conclude with a panel discussion on building and expanding national cyber capabilities in Africa.

The workshop is followed by a two day conference “The International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Cyber Security” or ICCWS 2019, at Stellenbosch. This is being hosted by the Faculty of Military Science, SIGLA and the CSIR – the conference addresses cyber security, cyber warfare and information warfare.  Keynote speakers this year will focus on hybrid warfare, cyber crime, the role of cyber in national security and data driven cyber challenges.

For the past 14 years ICCWS has developed into an important international conference in the cyber-security field, attracting academics, military professionals and practitioners from around the world to present their research findings. The conference and programme can be viewed at