CROW Newsletter - October 2017
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STRATUS Forum 2017
From left Vigilance CEO Sam MacGeorge, Gallagher's CEO/Chair Sir William Gallagher and  InPhySec Consulting Partner Jonathon Berry
Over 60 people attended the third STRATUS forum held at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) in Wellington recently.
A six-year, $12.2 million cyber security project, STRATUS is funded by MBIE and led by CROW.
Involved with STRATUS since August last year, guest speaker Vigilance CEO Sam MacGeorge spoke about the value of STRATUS and the company's SaaS payments system that streamlines the payment approval process workflows and provides a higher level of robustness around the protection of an organisation's cash. 
He says as an early stage company with global ambitions, his company understands that research projects like STRATUS are a key component to becoming best of breed and remaining leaders in their field.
“In the short-term STRATUS provides problem-solving assistance to help us go faster and longer term it keeps us at the front of what we do.”
For Vigilance, Sam says, the STRATUS forum provides validation for what they already do and the direction they are headed, national and international exposure and relationship building with potential industry partners.
“To be the best of the best and to continually innovate you have to do research, it's not always easy with commercial pressure and finite resources but if you don't have an element of research in what you do then it's unlikely that you will remain a leader in what you do,” he says.
STRATUS would like to thank the representatives from the following businesses and organisations VigilanceNZRS Ltd, Catalyst IT, MBIE, REANNZDelta Insurance, PwC, CERT NZ, ZX Security, Cloud Security Alliance, Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Spectral Solutions, Ministry of Primary Industries, I S Assurance Services, ATEED, WNT Ventures, SSS - IT Security SpecialistsDefence Technology Agency, Deloitte, GCSB, NZ Law Foundation, Digital Journey, Quantum Security Services, Innovation PartnershipDatacom, New Zealand Defence Force, Department of Internal Affairs, Federation of Women's Health Councils Aotearoa-NZ, InPhySec and NakiCloud.
Special thanks to guest of honour Sir William Gallagher, guest speakers Sam MacGeorge from Vigilance and Ryan Eagar from NakiCloud and STRATUS MC Trevor Drage.
From crime busting to cyber security
Former head of Singapore’s Central Police Division intelligence unit Brian Ong took time out from his busy crime busting life to add cyber crime fighting to his CV.
The Division oversees Singapore’s central business district and other special areas such as Little India, Little Thailand and Little Myanmar. 
In New Zealand since the beginning of the year, Brian recently submitted his Master of Cyber Security thesis and returns soon to Singapore to resume work with the police. 
Find out what made him embark on his cyber security journey.
Data Privacy Foundation (DPF) team presented its vision, mission and objectives at the 6th Asian Privacy Scholars Network (APSN) International Conference held at the University of Hong Kong recently. The response to  DPF's presentation and subsequent discussions with leading global privacy scholars validates  DPF's goal  to create a data privacy framework applicable to all countries in the world, and tools and techniques that support data privacy and has led to a series of new research initiatives being launched.
READ MORE from the team
CROW cyber security consulting
Having established a reputation as the leading cyber security experts in New Zealand, CROW is now working with New Zealand businesses on improving their cyber security policies. CROW assistant research programmer Cameron Brown has recently led the way collaborating with local Hamilton company CTEK, with the aim of reviewing CTEK’s current security policies and comparing these policies to the ISO 27001 standard. Cameron will help CTEK find any potential threats or weaknesses and provide them with a detailed report of recommendations to address any issues. 
For more information about collaborating with CROW contact Brian Cole
Cyber 9/12 lessons
 9/12 team from left Adelaide Roza Marie, Joe Burton, Thye Way Phua, Vienna Tse and Jeff Garae
New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science senior lecturer Joe Burton and CROW head Ryan Ko coached a cross-disciplinary team of Waikato university students - Thye Way Phua, Jeff Garae (both computer science students), Vienna Tse (law) and Adelaide Roza Marie (political science) - who participated in the cyber 9/12 student challenge at the University of Sydney, Australia.  This was a two-day event run by one of the world’s most renowned think tanks (the Atlantic Council) and provided an opportunity for Waikato staff and students to engage with leading academics and policy officials, including Australia’s ‘Cyber Ambassador’ and the heads of two of Australia’s leading cyber security government agencies.
What's on
Check out the upcoming short course on Cyber Security and Modern Business presented by CROW head AProf Ryan Ko in December. An interactive course covering cyber security concepts, risk management and prevention, cyber policy for your business and more. Register here.
Apply for the New Zealand Institute of Security and Crime Science's Master of Security and Crime Science at Waikato University starting in 2018 and learn how to manage real-world crime issues and develop analytical and creative methods to improve security in an ever-changing society. Find out more

CERT is once again launching Cyber Smart Week running from November 27 to December 3. Keep an eye out on CERT's website for more information about how to be cyber smart.
CROW news
CROW head AProf Ryan Ko recently presented to the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Privacy workshop at the University of Hong Kong - on Data Privacy and Surveillance.
CROW assistant research programmer Meena Mungro heads to Japan for the SECCON CTF for GIRLS in CODE BLUE in November. Entry onto the highly sought after international female-only cyber security competition is tight with only 30 being selected worldwide.

CROW academics Sivadon ChaisiriVimal Kumar and Ryan Ko recently published a one-stop book covering a wide range of issues on data security in Cloud Computing ranging from accountability, to data provenance, identity and risk management.entitled Data Security in Cloud Computing. Available here 

CROW research fellow Dr Harris Lin has been invited to give a guest lecture on Cyber Security at the New Zealand Defence College in February. This lecture will help NZDF officers understand some of the challenges in an interconnected world. 
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