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Countdown to the Challenge is on...

Preparations for the 2017 Cyber Security Challenge are in full swing with registrations open to talented young cyber sleuths - from the skilled to the novice. Designed to simulate computer-generated hackers, contestants will be engaged in a two-day virtual cyber-crime solving competition.  Engineered by some of Australasia's leading cyber security experts, the Challenge provides a link into the world of cyber security professionals -  the fastest growing IT profession in the world. Take the Challenge and find out if this is the career for you.
Read the newsletter to find out about what it's like to be a challenger, the Challenge making the news and how you can become a sponsor.

Keep posted on the latest news at the challenge website follow CROW on Facebook for updates or contact
Read more about the challenge

Register for the Challenge here
Become a Challenge Sponsor

CROW is at the forefront of research putting NZ on the cyber security map. Be part of a growing industry worth US$120billion worldwide that is changing how individuals around the world will safeguard their digital world.
The Cyber Security Challenge is one of the ways CROW promotes cyber security as a career to interested students and professionals already working in the IT arena.
You can help by providing sponsorship for the event.  We need help with catering, prizes, travel and more.  There is a link on our website to acknowledge all our valued sponsors.

Contact Meena at or 07 837 9404.


Get a feel for the Cyber Security Challenge by checking out the video from 2016.

Find out if you qualify for a Challenge travel grant. 
Contact for more information.
Read All About It
The Cyber Security Challenge makes the headlines for all the right reasons. Check out what the media have to say.
NetGuide NZ - 2017
Waikato Times - 2016
Educators NZ - 2016
Waikato Uni News - 2016

Waikato Times - 2015
Challenge talk with Jeremy

CROW Masters student 
Jeremy Symon (right in picture) is also a keen Cyber Security Challenge competitor.  His team, pictured receiving their prize, were one of the top three teams in 2016. He is hoping to put the same team together this year.
Get the inside Challenge story from Jeremy below.

Question Time
Interns Tackle Ransomware

Two new interns join the CROW lab from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore to collaborate in a project combating cybercriminals using malicious software to hold people's computer files for ransom.
They are studying the behaviour of the CryptoLocker family of ransomware, with a focus on the "Locky" ransomware as it widely affects NZ and Australia.  
Wen Liang (right) and Isaiah Wong (left) have been with the lab since March and will complete a 12-week internship.

UbiquiOS Technology are seeking Embedded Software Engineers to join the growing Hamilton-based team that is building our core platform. As part of this team youll be developing secure protocols and stacks for mass-market devices primarily in C and targeting ARM Cortex-M class microcontrollers. If youre a cybersecurity ninja with a flair for embedded software and wireless/network protocols, wed love to hear from you. To apply, please email your CV to - citing position reference DA002.

The Government's 2016 Annual Report on Cyber Security Strategy Action Plan has just been released.  Funded by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the value of STRATUS research has an impact on New Zealand’s understanding and mitigation of cyber security threats. Check out STRATUS' involvement on page 19.

CROW head lab, Dr Ryan Ko speaks to RNZ about how people can protect themselves from being monitored through smart devices around the house.
Listen here

Students urged to take a good look at cyber security as a career option. Find out more.

"A massive explosion" of ransomware has affected New Zealand businesses in the past 12 months, according to leading cybersecurity company Kordia.  Check out NZHerald for more
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