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NZ Institutions at Cyber Security Forefront

NZ Security, Oct/Nov 2016

Waikato software engineering student Jeremy Symon wins Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security ScholarshipWaikato software engineering student Jeremy Symon wins Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship


International Privacy, Security & Trust Conference Conference coming to NZ

Unitec Institute of Technology has won a bid to bring the International Privacy, Security & Trust Conference to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in its 14-year history. Addressing what a secure New Zealand will look like in five years’ time is the theme of the conference, which is to be held in Auckland later this year.

Professor Hossein Sarrafzadeh, Director of Unitec’s High Tech Transdisciplinary Research Network, said the conference will raise business and public awareness and knowledge on cyber security issues, and contribute to the New Zealand economy.

“New Zealand is in a strong position to influence the evolution of cyber security globally,” said Professor Sarrafzadeh.  “New Zealand has an asset called ‘trust’, and security has a lot to do with trust. We could be investing and capitalising on that trust to bring more collaborative and economic benefits to the country, particularly around cloud computing.”

Researchers will present their experience in new and emerging cyber security technologies at the conference. It is hoped that this will assist businesses and entrepreneurs to identify investment opportunities and kick start commercialisation of novel solutions.

Conference speakers will include IBM’s Sandy Bird, manager of New Zealand’s National Cyber Policy Office, Paul Ash, Director of Cybersecurity at National ICT Japan, Dr Peter Gutmann, Dr Daisuke Inoue, and a range of international researchers covering operating system security, cloud security and storage, Internet of Things security, and health.

Following the conference, an industry-focused summit day will include a ‘state-of-the-nation’ commentary, latest global security trends, workshops relating to cybersecurity, as well as solutions-focused exchanges about cybersecurity in New Zealand.


$25,000 Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship awarded

University of Waikato software engineering student Jeremy Symon has been awarded the 2016 Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship worth $25,000.

The former Hamilton Boys’ High School student is in his fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)(Software Engineering) degree. As well as financial support, the scholarship will provide Jeremy with industry experience working on a research project at Gallagher.

According to a 5th September media release from the university, Sir William Gallagher presented the award at an official function held at Gallagher’s offices in Hamilton on 30 August.

“I was already thinking about going on to do a Masters,” said Jeremy. “But now I have this scholarship, it makes it a much easier decision and it will tie in with my work at Gallagher. I’m very grateful to them for this opportunity, and also to my lecturers from the University’s Cyber Security programme.”

“As the world moves toward an increasingly cyber environment, Gallagher understands the importance of investing in continuous research and supporting expertise in this developing industry,” stated Sir William. “Congratulations to Jeremy and we look forward to an ongoing partnership.”

Head of Cyber Security at Waikato Dr Ryan Ko says Jeremy is a well-deserved recipient of the Scholarship. “He is one of the top Honours students in the Software Engineering programme, and his team came third in the NZ Cyber Security Challenge.

“Since Waikato's establishment of New Zealand's first Master of Cyber Security programme, several alumni have benefited with very successful jobs and internships in prestigious organisations such as Gallagher, INTERPOL and Deloitte. This scholarship highlights our deep industry relationships and quality of our rigorous scientific research at the Cyber Security Lab.”

The Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship was established in 2015 to support academically talented students studying towards a Master of Cyber Security (MCS) at the University of Waikato. The value of the scholarship is $25,000 for students undertaking a 180-point MCS and $20,000 for a 120-point MCS to cover tuition fees and a stipend.

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