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Dr Marthie Grobler

Team Leader

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An engaged and motivated researcher, Dr Marthie Grobler is passionate about making cyber security more accessible for people in the pathway of the fourth industrial revolution. Her research, management and consulting experience span multiple continents, national and state government departments, and a variety of domains linked with the digital domain.

Over the last 15 years, Marthie has worked with organisations, government agencies and education institutions around the world. From applying governance models in the digital space to teaching children in rural areas about technology, her active involvement in her work distils clients with a thorough and effective approach to maximise their cybersecurity knowledge towards practical application. She is passionate about enhancing people’s ability to use connected technology more powerfully in an ever-connected world. Her focus is on translating cyber security skills to a more digestible format that can easily be adopted by technology users.

Marthie recently completed a one-year learning and development opportunity as Deputy Research Director for the Data61's Software and Computational Systems research program. She is team leader for the Human Centric Security team in CSIRO’s Data61.

Other Interests

Marthie is keen to meet potential collaborators/co-authors, interesting people to share a story/presentation with her group of PhD students, or motivated PhD candidates with a keen interest in human centric security to supervise.

Current Roles

  • Team leader: Human Centric Security
    Leading the team in the Distributed Systems Support group focusing on human related cyber security activities

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012

    Certified Information Security Manager

  • 2010

    PhD Computer Science
    University of Johannesburg

  • 2007

    M.Sc Computer Science cum laude
    University of Johannesburg

  • 2005

    B.Sc Honours Computer Science cum laude
    University of Johannesburg

  • 2004

    B.Sc Finance (Information Technology)
    Rand Afrikaans University

Professional Experiences

  • 2021-current

    Principal Research Scientist

  • 2020-2021

    Deputy Research Director: Software and Computational Systems

  • 2017-2021

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2015-2017

    Principal Researcher

  • 2010-2015

    Senior Researcher

  • 2008-2010



  • 2018-2018

    Distinguished Visiting Research, CSIRO ResearchPlus: Grant for 3-month visit by Prof L J Camp from Indiana University, USA

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-Present

    STEM Professional in Schools partnerships

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