Learning to outwit cyber crooks at Waikato
As technology outpaces laws around the world and cyber criminals create havoc from the safety of their laptops, a new University of Waikato degree will lead the way in security, intelligence and crime-prevention.
Political Science and Public Policy Programme and New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science senior lecturer Dr Joe Burton is currently helping develop a Master of Security and Crime Science (MSCS), which will start in Semester A next year.
Designed to teach students how to manage real-world crime issues and develop analytical and creative methods to improve security in an ever-changing society, the degree will catapult students into careers such as intelligence analyst, senior law enforcement officer, senior policy adviser, crime data scientist, analyst specialising in emerging security challenges, organised crime, cyber crime and counter-terrorism.

Data Privacy Foundation: A Rosetta Stone
A one-stop shop for data privacy laws, the Data Privacy Foundation provides a free and easy to use data privacy reference matrix representing all major cloud-hosting countries in the world.
CROW success stories
CROW student Alan Tan just became the first PhD scholar from the CROW lab. He joined the lab in 2013, one year after it was established by CROW head Ryan Ko at the University of Waikato. His research topic, which looks at reconstructing data provenance from log files, was recently defended and with a  just few minor finishing touches Alan is looking forward to a career in research, either in academia or in industry. The fast-paced and constantly changing world of IT meant Alan's PhD research was continually evolving but he says keeping in touch with the new technology and ongoing research is vital to keeping his work relevant and accurate. Keen to stay in New Zealand, Alan loves the Kiwi work environment and lifestyle. Alan obtained his Honours and MEng in Computer Science from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to joining CROW, he worked for HP Labs in Singapore, researching Big Data analytics and data visualisation.

In photo from left Chief Supervisor AProf Ryan Ko, Alan Tan, Data61 principal research scientist Surya Nepal & University of Otago computer science senior lecturer David Eyers.
CROW research success 
Congratulation to Anthony Meehan and Mariah Atutahi for clinching Best Project Award and Best Project Award (Runner Up) for the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Honours Student Research Conference 2017.  
Anthony's Best Project topic was Homomorphic encryption for deep learning and Mariah's  project was about applying data mining to detect drug transactions and stolen items on Facebook's buy and sell page.
Great work by co-supervisors Ryan Ko, Nigel McCarter and Harris Lin and student Mark Will.
CROW students have won awards in three of the past four years.

TedX talk with Ryan
"Returning Control of Data to All Users" - if you'd like to catch Ryan Ko's talk at TEDxRuakura watch the live recording from 5.04.50
Democracy and the Internet
During an election year, the Internet’s potential as a tool for citizen-led democracy, campaigning, activism and potentially even voting becomes more important than ever.  Ryan Ko tackled this topic at the recent InternetNZ Speaker Series event, Democracy and the Internet.
Check out Ryan and the other guest speakers here.
CROW news
CROW head Ryan Ko talks to National Business Review about how the arts could plug the skills gap for ‘new collar’ jobs - read his views and more
On a recent New Zealand-Australia delegation to Israel, CROW head Ryan Ko took a look at how that country has commercialised its cyber security sector - read more.
Ransomware attacks--and defenses against them--are evolving fast, but enterprises still struggle to keep up - check out what's new in Ransomware.
Many of us work hard to keep our online information safe but most times our personal data is hacked from behind the firewalls of the companies we do business with - read more of the Forbes story.
The government recently announced that from next year, computational thinking and "designing and developing digital outcomes"will become part of the core curriculum for all Kiwi kids in their first 10 years of school - read the NZHerald article.

The government issues cyber-warning to Kiwi businesses - read the full article here.
Save the date
Save Friday, October 13 and check out the annual STRATUS forum at MBIE, 15 Stout Street, Wellington.
Registrations open soon.
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