CROW newsletter - September 2017
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STRATUS: Merging Research and Business 
Register for the STRATUS Forum

University of Waikato Research Projects Manager Brian Cole is the man behind the scenes managing the STRATUS relationships both internally and externally.
Projects like STRATUS thrive on the interchange between research and business and Brian says these working relationships bridge the gap between the concept and the commercial reality.
"This means that each party plays it's part in the development of tools/solutions and brings its resources to bear to create something of value."
For the upcoming STRATUS forum on Friday, October 13, Brian is bringing the pieces of the event puzzle together working alongside the researchers on consultancies and international work like ISO SC27.  
He says projects like STRATUS allow companies to be more future focused and provides oportunities for ground-breaking research to become a reality.
"They (businesses) can put resources towards new ways of doing things to stay ahead of the field," he says.
"Research is incredibly important to all fields but particularly for ICT as there is much to be gained and lost... there are new ways of doing things that are created by these technologies and a lot of that will be based on the cloud technologies STRATUS aims to protect."  

Check out what makes Brian tick

Gallagher has been with the STRATUS project from the outset, supporting the application to MBIE and has been on the Industry Advisory Group (IAG) since the project started.
Gallagher's software development manager Andrew Scothern sits on the IAG and says STRATUS is important to Gallagher because the company strongly believes in being innovative. 
"Cloud services are enabling many new products and services and adding value to consumers and enterprises in ways no one has thought about before," he says. "Security and privacy are key to establishing trust and building a respected brand in this area. Being involved in the STRATUS project gives us the opportunity to be part of the development of interesting ideas that may provide us with unique selling points in the future."
 Gallagher has also supported CROW in other ways hiring two CROW graduates as well as participating in all of the Cyber Security Challenges. "This relationship is helping us to further strengthen our internal cyber security skills," Andrew says. "We take great pride in building high quality products which won't let our customers down. Cyber security is an essential part of this. As a company that produces physical security products it is critical that they be secure from cyber threats."


CROW Flying the NZ Flag
While the newest fear might be a “Cyber 9/11” or  “Digital Pearl Harbor,” what might policymakers do the day after a crisis? The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is an annual cyber policy competition for students across the globe to compete in developing national security policy recommendations tackling a fictional cyber catastrophe. 
Coached by Ryan Ko and New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science senior lecturer Dr Joe Burton, a CROW team will take on the 9/12 challenge in Sydney, Australia recently. CROW will be the only team from New Zealand. 
The cross disciplinary team, Thye Way Phua, Jeff Garae (both computer science students), Vienna Tse (law) and Adelaide Roza Marie (political science) wiil join forces to fight to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyse the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests.
Watch the video about the Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12- Student Challenge.
ZX at  Defcon
Our partners ZX recently returned from Defcon in Las Vegas. Check out the video of Dave from ZX talking about his research into GPS spoofing attacks with the Hak5 team.

Check out the graduate opportunities at PwC NZ

Find out if the right job is waiting for you here.

Datacom is on the look out for recent graduates and experienced It professionals.
CROW News 

CROW head AProf Ryan Ko recently spoke at the 3rd INTERPOL Digital Security Research seminar. The seminar brings together experts from the private sector and academia in order to address cybersecurity issues and technology responses to cybercrime, integrating both physical and digital technologies.


CHCon for security professionals and hackers in Christchurch from October 26-28.

NZ's community infosec conference bsides in Wellington from November 23-24.
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