Honorary Research Fellow Contributes to International Cybersecurity Working Group

Dr Trishana Ramluckan
Dr Trishana Ramluckan.

Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law Dr Trishana Ramluckan was recently one of only two researchers from the Global South who participated in an International Working Group event titled: Unpacking the Cyber Mercenaries.

Ramluckan was also recognised in a report published by the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace titled Taming the Cyber Mercenary Market: A Multistakeholder Blueprint Towards Increased Transparency and Cyber Stability.

She is involved in several national and international projects as well as international governance forums including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Internet Government Governance Forum (IGF) to which she contributes to high-impact societal and stakeholders community engagement and internationalisation.

Ramluckan was a mentor for the 2023 International Telecommunication’s Women in Cyber Programme designed to empower Women in the field of Cybersecurity and Governance globally.

Cybersecurity is a growing field containing multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary facets with the Global South often under-represented, receiving low prioritisation in the area of international cybersecurity compared to other nations. It is therefore important for researchers from Africa to engage in these forums to build the resilience of African countries and to foster collaboration for the mutual benefit of all nations.

Previously she collaborated with two colleagues to contribute to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report on cyber mercenaries. The cyber mercenary phenomenon is different to that of physical mercenaries as the operations and services provided often fall short of armed conflict and can be conducted remotely. The primary example of cyber mercenary activity is the Pegasus surveillance malware, which was reported to have targeted President Cyril Ramaphosa in July 2021.

In addition, Ramluckan has participated in a scoping consultative meeting hosted by the South African National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), with the top cybersecurity researchers and industry experts in South Africa looking towards developing a national cybersecurity research strategy for South Africa.

Currently South Africa has a National Cybersecurity Policy Framework but does not have a national cybersecurity strategy. Establishing a research strategy is thus crucial in the development capacity and knowledge needed to foster a sustainable national posture towards cybersecurity.

Words: NdabaOnline

Photograph: Supplied

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