CROW Newsletter - November/December2017
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Who has the rights to decrypt your data?

CROW's law lecturer Dr Michael Dizon, along with AProf Ryan Ko, and dean of law, AProf Wayne Rumbles are investigating whether governments or private businesses should also have the right to compel organisations to decrypt customer data in their pursuit of criminals and terrorists. A NZ Law Foundation funding due to be completed in late 2018, the team hopes their research results will provide a solid base for future policy development.

CROW and (ISC)² to provide professional cyber skills retraining and certifications for NZ
CROW became the sole NZ provider of (ISC)² training, including the gold-standard Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) training, in New Zealand. The most globally-recognised standard of achievement in the industry, CISSP was the first information security credential to meet the strict conditions of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, and a job requirement for management-level cyber security jobs in the US Federal Government. First classes start April 2018. Watch this space!
healthAlliance Cyber Security Scholarship
Check out the new scholarshipNZ$25,000 for a 180-point Master of Cyber Security (MCS) or NZ$20,000 for a 120-point MCS for domestic students intending to enrol full-time in A Semester 2018 at the University of Waikato.
Collaboration with NICT

CROW representatives – Cameron Brown, Meena Mungro and Brian Cole – recently traveled to National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo, Japan. CROW and NICT showcased their research in order to find overlapping areas for collaboration. Cameron says the intensive workshop was a success with both organisations sharing projects as well as discussing the opportunity for a researcher exchange programme. NICT is a research organisation funded by the Japanese Government and is known for maintaining Japan Standard Time. NICT also has a cyber security laboratory.
Ghost In The Shell CTF
CROW research programmer Meena Mungro was one of an elite few taking part in the international female-only CTF with Ghost In The Shell Realize Project at the CODEBLUE 2017 in Japan. The competition was based around the famous science fiction comic Ghost in the Shell written by Shirow Masamune. The ultimate goal of the Ghost in the Shell CTF is to produce highly skilled female security engineers, such as Motoko Kusanagi, the Ghost in the Shell heroine. Developed by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, a Ghost in the Shell -style CTF visualization system was used called Amateras Zero
What is Good Data?
Data Privacy Foundation (DPF) representative Dr Mark Rodrigues recently attended the Good Data conference and workshop at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The workshop, entitled “Pathways to Ethical Data: Law, norms and practices for a just digital economy and society” was widely attended by a cross section of academics, activists, government, lawyers and industry participants. READ MORE

Congratulations to our CROW Master of Cyber Security and PhD graduates! All the best for your future endeavours!

CROW head Ryan Ko was recently on the panel discussing technical aspects of encryption and stakeholders’ right to decrypt at the New Zealand Office of the Privacy Commissioner public forum. See the full discussion chaired by Privacy Commissioner John Edwards here.
Business leaders are not taking cyber security seriously enough and that poses a threat to their companies’ reputations Dr Ryan Ko tells business leaders attending CRUNCH - Crucial Conversations Over Lunch.
2017 has been a year of new and innovative developments in the fight against cyber crime, writes Liz Blythe of Russell McVeagh. READ MORE
Image result for scholarshipLooking to do a Masters of Cyber Security? You can apply for a scholarship from healthAlliance here Applications close on the 12th Feb 2018.
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