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Evolution of a MBIE Trans-Tasman Cyber Security Research Programme

Cyber security threat resilience tools

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Thu 19 May 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM




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Evolution of a MBIE Trans-Tasman Cyber Security Research Programme

Discover how the Cyber Security Research Programme can help organisations to be more resilient against cyber security threats.

The panel will be chaired by Carolyn Algar (CIO at ESR) and will include the following panelists:

Dr Vimal Kumar, University of Waikato and PI of the Artificial Intelligence for Human-Centric Security Project Associate professor

Julian Jang-Jaccard, Massey University and PI of the Artificial Intelligence for Automating Response to Threats Project Professor

Steven Galbraith, University of Auckland and PI of the Post-Quantum Cryptographic Schemes Project

Associate Professor Giovanni Russello, University of Auckland, Director of the Cyber Security Research Programme

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Giovanni Russello

Director of the Cyber Security Research programme

Dr Giovanni Russello is an Associate Professor and the Head of the School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Giovanni is directing the Cyber Security Research Programme, a multi-million project funded by MBIE to improve the cyber security stance of NZ and increase the collaboration between NZ and AU researchers. He is the founding Director of the Cyber Security Foundry, the first New Zealand multi-disciplinary center in Cyber Security aiming at improving the collaboration between industry and academia. Between 2013 and 2014, he was the funding CEO of a startup targeting the smartphone security market.

He received his M.Sc. (summa cum laude) degree in Computer Science from the University of Catania, Italy in 2000, and his Ph.D. degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2006. He did his postdoc in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, UK.

His research interests include human-centric cyber security, policy-based security systems, privacy and confidentiality in cloud computing, smartphone security, and applied cryptography.

He has published over 140 research articles in these research areas and has two granted US patents in smartphone security.

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Steven Galbraith

Professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland

Steven Galbraith is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland. He has a doctorate in number theory from the University of Oxford and he worked for over 10 years in the acclaimed Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London. Steven is a leading researcher in the mathematics of public key cryptography, especially elliptic curve cryptography and lattice-based cryptography. He has served on the board of directors of the International Association of Cryptologic Research, published a major textbook in the mathematics of cryptography, and given many invited lectures at cryptography conferences.

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Vimal Kumar

Senior Lecturer, Head of the Cyber Security Lab at The University of Waikato

Vimal Kumar is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato where he leads the Cyber Security Lab (CROW). He works broadly in the area of cybersecurity and collaborates with many national and international researchers on various government and industry funded projects. Notable projects he is working on currently are AI for Human Centric Security and Cyberdipomacy. He is also the convenor of the Master of Cyber Security program at the University of Waikato which attracts many domestic and international students and a member of the Institute for Security and Crime Science.

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Julian Jang-Jaccard

Associate Professor and the Head of the Cybersecurity Laboratory, Massey University

Julian Jang-Jaccard received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Sydney, Australia. She is currently an Associate Professor and the Head of the Cybersecurity Laboratory, Massey University, New Zealand. She has published more than 70 papers in the leading conferences and journal venues, including IEEE and ACM. Her research interests include cybersecurity, intrusion detection, anomaly detection, artificial intelligence, data anonymization, and privacy-preservation techniques. She is a recipient of many multi-million dollar research awards both from Australian and NZ governments/industries while collaborating with the top international ICT companies and universities around the world.

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Carolyn Algar

Cyber Security Advisory Board Chair, Head of Technology at Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

Caro is a senior IT professional with experience in public and private sector organisations.  She is currently the Chief Information Officer at ESR – Science and Research, with prior key positions including the Chief Information Officer at Z Energy.  Caro has spent most of her career in technology, with many years spent in software in New Zealand, Australia, and America.  Caro is passionate about the use of technology to change lives for the better, with special interests in mentoring, cyber security, and environmentally friendly IT practices.  Caro currently mentors through Springboard Trust and chairs the Advisory Board for the Cyber Security Research Programme with the University of Auckland.  Caro has a master’s degree from Victoria University in Information Management.   

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