Unitec hosting international cyber security conference

Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland has won a bid to bring the International Privacy, Security & Trust Conference to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time since its inception 14 years ago. It will be organised in conjunction with the University of New Brunswick.

The director of Unitec’s High Tech Transdisciplinary Research Network, professor Hossein Sarrafzadeh, said the conference, which is in partnership with the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organisation, would raise business and public awareness on cyber security issues, increase the knowledge base and contribute to the New Zealand economy.

“New Zealand is in a strong position to influence the evolution of cyber security globally,” he said. “New Zealand has an asset called ‘trust’, and security has a lot to do with trust. We could be investing and capitalising on that trust to bring more collaborative and economic benefits to the country, particularly around cloud computing.”

The theme of the conference will be what a secure New Zealand will look like in five years’ time. According to Unitec, researchers will present their experience in new and emerging cyber security technologies to help businesses and entrepreneurs identify investment opportunities and make the necessary connections to kick start commercialisation of novel solutions.

Speakers will include: IBM’s Sandy Bird, New Zealand’s manager of the National Cyber Policy Office, Paul Ash; the director of cybersecurity at National ICT Japan, Dr Daisuke Inoue; cryptology expert and honorary academic at the University of Auckland, Dr Peter Gutmann and international researchers covering operating system security, cloud security and storage, Internet of Things security.

The conference will be held 12 – 14 December. According to Unitec’s press release: “An industry-focussed summit day follows on from the conference and will include a ‘state-of-the-nation’ commentary, latest global security trends, workshops relating to cybersecurity, as well as solutions-focused exchanges about cybersecurity in New Zealand.”

However according to the conference website: “The NZ Industry Summit Day in conjunction with the 14th Annual Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust is taking place on Monday December 12, 2016.”

Details at http://pst2016.unitec.ac.nz/

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