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Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato 
(CROW) Newsletter
October 2016
Inside the National Cyber Security Challenge





CROW recently hosted the third New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge and a new format allowed for an increased number of cyber enthusiasts to take on the fight against cybercrime.

At its peak the 2015 challenge had close to 150 participants and in 2014 around 70 took part.

Unlike previous years, the 2016 National Cyber Security Challenge comprised of three rounds, with the first round made available to participants online for two weeks from mid-June.

With no limit on the numbers in the first round online challenge, 267 entrants enlisted to take the first step into the world of cybercrime.
CROW assistant research programmer Cameron Brown talks us through the  structure of the new improved challenge.

Check out the full article

For more information about the 2017 New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge check out website later next year when planning begins.

Cyber word with Mickey Law
CROW alumnus Mickey Law Tsz Fung now works for Cloud Security Alliance in Singapore, the world’s leading organisation dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. Check out what makes him tick below.
Question time
PR students tackle cybercrime
University of Waikato's Department of Management Communication recently held the annual Chesterman Group Public Relations Campaigns Award evening.
Focussing on cyber-security this year, teams of students worked with InternetNZ  to design and implement a communication's campaign that supports their goals and objectives.
The winning campaign Operation Report-It, motivated people to report cybercrime through, which is funded by InternetNZ and administered and managed by Netsafe.
Check out the other teams' projects
Visit the WaiCom Facebook photo album
CROW students win top awards

CROW honours students Thye Way Phua and Jeremy Symon recently took at top awards at the Oji Fibre Solutions Engineering Design Show.
Showcasing the University of Waikato's School of Engineering's second, third and fourth-year students research projects in the form of posters, displays and seminars, the three-day event covers Chemical & Biological Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Materials & Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering.
Thye Way Phua won a $5000 for his project - Partially Homomorphic Encryption Cloud Services and Jeremy Symon was awarded School of Engineering Excellence in Software Engineering Design.

Thye Way Phua's presentation
Jeremy Symon's presentation
Cyber Security Career Opportunity

Have you got what it takes for this role?
Fletcher Building are looking for a security analyst to play a key role in defining their security operations.
Check out the job description and apply online.


Cyber-attacks on New Zealand computers and networks have more than doubled over the last five years, data released under the Official Information Act shows. Read the full story at nzherald

Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the United States - check out coverage at RNZ
Read about credit card skimming malware hitting New Zealand online stores at nzherald

NZ Tech chief executive Graeme Muller says New Zealand has an opportunity to be a world leader in cyber security management if the sector receives adequate support. Read the full story at Newshub.

Want a sure-fire well-paid job? Train to fight computer hackers. Read about the future of cyber security as a career path on stuff.

Check out the upcoming 2016 STRATUS Forum on the 5th December 2016.
Showcasing STRATUS research commercialisation.
Keynote speaker Bruce Trevarthen from LayerX will discuss how computer science innovation can be translated into real-life products.

Register now

Confronting Online Harm Together conference in November brings the best local and international experts to talk about the ways we can prevent and minimise online harm together.
Watch out for #netsafecoht on social media to get involved in the Conference discussions.

Date: 13-14 December 2016
Theme: Global Privacy Standards: Evolution, divergence and surveillance
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland

Register here
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