06 January 2021

4 X CSIR Information and Cyber Security Internship 2021

Closing date: 10 January 2021

Location: Pretoria and Johannesburg

Description: CSIR has 4 X Information and Cyber Security Internship Opportunities within the Defence and Security Cluster. 

The purpose of the Internship is to provide graduates with an opportunity to gain practical work experience through involvement in information and cybersecurity R&D projects. 

This opportunity will allow successful candidates to be involved in the research, conceptualization, design, development, testing, and/or maintenance of cybersecurity and identity management solutions with the aim to protect overall ICT assets in the public and private sector. 

Key responsibilities:

Under focused mentorship, coaching and supervision, the Intern will be required to:

  • Conduct technical research and development on emerging information and/or cyber security systems, including identity systems (biometric systems);
  • Design, develop and/or pilot emerging information and cybersecurity technologies and related systems;
  • Assess, evaluate, and update diverse cyber security systems across multiple technology environments against vulnerabilities and threats;
  • Deploy, manage, monitor and/or operate information and cyber security systems, tools and/or devices (such as firewalls, proxies, servers, network access control, active directory and/or other related security infrastructure or tools) across different application domains;
  • Prepare, review, and publish technical reports and/or articles in local forums.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science/engineering or related fields;
  • An Honours degree in information technology, computer science/engineering or related will be advantageous;
  • Knowledge of Information and Cyber Security topics such as network security, mobile security, identity management, data security, web security, database security, governance, and/or cyber security in general;
  • Knowledge in software design and development;
  • Competency with latest programming and scripting languages such as C#, Java, Python, JavaScript, NodeJS, ReactJS, and others;
  • Knowledge in the following is essential:
  • Linux and Windows Operating Systems including Virtual Machines;
  • Computer literacy and competency in MS Office;
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to independently conduct research, capture research results and write technical reports;
  • Ability to interact with peers and superiors;
  • Ability to work across diverse information and cyber security domains;
  • Ability to solve challenging and complex technical security problems;
  • Ability to innovate and create new solutions for current cyber security problems;
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and time management;
  • Ability to work independently in a team context;
  • Ability to take ownership of own career and development;
  • Ability to work well under pressure, decision-oriented and meet deadlines;
  • Willingness to acquire new skills.


The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the Employment Equity Act of 1998. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. The CSIR reserves the right to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.