UKZN Academics Present Research on Information Security
The result of investigations by two UKZN academics into the safety of personal information provided to municipal and tertiary institutions as well as to social online networks was presented at the eThekwini-University Research Symposium in Durban.
The academics were Dr Brett van Niekerk and Ms Zahra Bulbulia of the School of Management, Information and Technology and Governance.
The Symposium was a joint initiative between the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and its partnering universities aimed at creating a platform for academics, students and city practitioners to share research outputs which could be applied in areas of local government.
Van Niekerk’s paper titled: “Information Security for Municipalities and Tertiary Institutions”, explored the effectiveness of legislation designed to ensure that personal information of ratepayers, staff, and students supplied to municipalities and tertiary institutions was protected. He proposed a community-based cyber-security concept that would help protect institutions and municipal departments.
‘The proposed security system will help minimise the possibility of a cyber-attack compromising the privacy of a ratepayer’s personal information. The presentation has raised awareness about the programmes we offer at UKZN and how they can benefit the staff of the municipality and possibilities for future research collaboration.’
Bulbulia delivered a presentation which is part of her Master dissertation. It was titled: “Social Networking Privacy Issues Amongst Students and Young Employed Adults in the KwaZulu-Natal Context”.
The research aims to determine whether users’ demographic profiles determined how much information they revealed online.
‘There are a lot of privacy concerns around social networks and this research looks at whether gender profiles and race affect how people behave on social networks. I hope to further my PhD research in the information security area,’ said Bulbulia.Thandiwe Jumo