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 has recently completed an MSc in Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London as a FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholar. Prior to starting at Royal Holloway, Thyla spent four years at Tellumat (PTY) Ltd as a security specialist and software developer. Thyla currently represents South Africa on the ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 27 standards committee where her activities involve the standardization of cryptographic mechanisms and protocols. Thyla's research interests include various topics in theoretical and applied cryptography.