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Winning tips for tackling the Challenge
The inaugural Cyber Security Challenge in 2014 was the catalyst for Matthew Law's cyber security career.  After winning the 2014 Challenge with his team DoubleMC, Matthew went on to do a Summer Scholarship at the end of 2014 and completed a BCMS(Hons) in 2015 with CROW.
He is now living in Oxford, United Kingdom and working as an Infrastructure Developer/'DevOps' Engineer.

Matthew Law had a plan when it came to hunting down cyber crooks - check out his Challenge winning tips here.

Visit our website for the Challenge plan of attack.
Register for the Challenge here

Support the Cyber Security Challenge and play your part in securing NZ's place in a growing industry worth US$120billion worldwide that is changing how individuals worldwide safeguard their digital world.
Contact Meena at or 07 837 9404 to find out what role you can play.


Find out if you qualify for a Challenge travel grant. The top 150 qualifiers are eligible to apply for $200 travel vouchers. The grant will be in the form of a reimbursement after the competition. Contact
Policy round presents new challenge
New to the Challenge this year is the policy-based round in Round 2.  Designed to create awareness of cyber security law, policy, governance, regulations, standards and practices, competitors will look at the holistic cyber security program from an organisation/senior management point of view.
Competitors will get a policy document with a scenario (or set of scenarios) and questions to answer. Worth 10% of the overall competition, Round 2 will identify teams who are both technically gifted and have an understanding of cyber security policy.
Read more about the background of the policy round here.

CROW success stories

Congratulations to Mark Will and Jeff Garae for Best Paper Award at the 5th International Conference on Cloud Computing Research and Innovation - a prestigious cloud computing research conference in Singapore. The pair presented the paper to the conference in April.
Check out the paper here.
CROW achieves at ISO

You may not realise it but using your computer system, mobile device or making electronic payments, will be guided by ISO SC27 standards for cyber security best practice.
Waikato University recently held the 28th International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 plenary and working group meetings and STRATUS was approved by the group to be a Category A liaison organisation to ISO.  A first for a Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment-funded project. STRATUS will work alongside the likes of INTERPOL, IEEE and several EU funded scientific projects.

Read more about the event.

Take a look at how ISO standards are developed
Getting the details right
Managing an event like the 28th International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 Plenary and Working Group Meeting requires a lot of behind the scenes work and months of planning.
The team at ForumPoint2 Conference Partners worked with CROW and the University of Waikato to ensure the smooth running of the event in which attendees from more than 50 countries were warmly welcomed to New Zealand and enjoyed interacting with their colleagues during the Meetings.
Read more
Dr Joe Burton and Dr Ryan Ko from New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science talk Ransomware and WannaCry on Stuff.
WannaCry is hitting the news for all the wrong reasons. Check out CROW head Ryan Ko's response to the media.
Ryan Ko talks to Peter Griffin about how not to get hacked. Check out the Listener article here.

A former business journalist writes about retraining in cyber security with no experience of programming or coding. Read the iNews article here.

Do businesses need to turn the cyber security problem on its head and start to think more like a potential attacker. Read more.

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