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International visitors boost cyber security links

13 November 2014

Aloysius Cheang

Heading here: Aloysius Cheang, Managing Director Asia Pacific for the Cloud Security Alliance, is visiting the university's cyber security lab.

One of the Asia-Pacific region's top cyber security researchers is bringing his expertise to New Zealand's only cyber security lab and will take part in discussions on the groundbreaking $12 million STRATUS project.

Aloysius Cheang is the Managing Director Asia Pacific for the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and actively contributes to the University of Waikato's Cyber Security Lab as a member of its Industry Advisory Group.

Promoting best practice in cloud computing security

The CSA is a not-for-profit organisation promoting best practice in cloud computing security.

While in New Zealand Mr Cheang will also give a series of public talks, plan research collaborations and contribute to the work being undertaken at the Cyber Security Lab.

That includes the early stages of STRATUS (Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Transparency and User-centric Services in the Cloud), a six-year cyber security project – funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - which it is hoped will provide a significant boost to New Zealand's fledgling cyber security industry, along with creating tools which will return control of cloud-based data to users.

Cyber security head Dr Ryan Ko says Mr Cheang's visit will provide ongoing benefits to the university and bring valuable experience to the STRATUS project.

Mr Cheang has worked with several of the largest technology companies in the world and is an active community leader, supporting many cyber security groups and organisations.

He established the Association of Information Security Professionals in Singapore, the Professional Information Security Association of Hong Kong and brought the Honeynet Project – a global non-profit security research organisation - to Asia.

Mr Cheang – who holds a BSc (Hons) and Masters in Computer Science - is also the author of several international cyber security standards.

Visiting New Zealand

He will be in New Zealand from 17-28 November and will be speaking at the University of Waikato on 19 November, in Tauranga on 20 November and at Cloud Security Alliance meetings in Hamilton (18 November) and Auckland (25 November). He will also visit companies involved in the information security industry, including Gallaghers, Aura, Wynyard, LayerX and Mako Networks.

His visit coincides with that of two Singapore cyber security researchers – Associate Professor Steven Wong and Associate Professor Peter Loh - who will be discussing exchanges and potential collaborations between the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and the University of Waikato.

SIT cyber security students are required to spend six months studying overseas and would benefit from being hosted at the University of Waikato, where some may continue their studies to complete the Master of Cyber Security qualification.