The University of Waikato has created professorial role to focus on risk assessment research and delivery, in partnership with Aura Information Security, a division of Kordia, and is looking for someone to fill the position.
The role of the appointee will be to identify cyber threats and prevent potentially catastrophic breaches and the university says: “The search is underway for exceptional candidates to fill the Aura Professor of Cyber Security position.”
The University says it has an international reputation for security research through the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science and its role in the joint Centre for Evidence Based Policing in Wellington. It also offers master’s degrees in security and crime science and cyber security.
Vice-chancellor Neil Quigley said academics must work with industry to grow New Zealand’s cyber security capability. “Increasing the focus on the latest in risk assessment with a high-calibre appointment will contribute to the research and teaching already being done at Waikato, as well as changing the cyber landscape,” he said.
Aura’s general manager Peter Bailey said constant cross-pollination of ideas between academic institutions and commercial business was essential to keep ahead of the rapidly evolving cyber security landscape, and the collaboration represented a unique opportunity to bring these two approaches together.
According to its web site Aura Information Security consists of “a team of highly-skilled and renowned information security professionals spanning Australia and New Zealand,” that offers “a wide range of services and level of support for government, corporates and medium –sized businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand.” It was formed in 2001 and acquired by Kordia in November 2015 for $10m.