Miss Thyla Van Der Merwe

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Thyla van der Merwe received a BCom in Mathematics, Statistics and Economics, a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She completed an MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway as a FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholar before embarking on a PhD. Prior to starting at Royal Holloway, Thyla spent four years at an engineering firm, Tellumat (PTY) Ltd, as part of the security team. Thyla represented South Africa on the ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 27 standards committee for five years, where her activities involved the standardisation of cryptographic mechanisms and protocols. Thyla’s primary research focus is protocol analysis and she has recently completed two industry placements at the Mozilla Corporation (USA) where her work covered both Internet and messaging protocols.

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