The New Zealand Information Security Forum has been launched as an independent organization in 1995. Since 2001 it has operated as a Special Interest Group of the New Zealand Security Association.
Members of the NZISF work as independent consultants, members of divisions responsible for information security, academics, students and journalist, all of them interested in information security issues.
The objectives of the NZISF are to:
- Bring together a group comprising individuals, organisations and students who are interested in exchanging ideas, studying and promoting awareness in their workplaces, organisations they belong to and in the general community about Information Security
- Organise or coordinate with other groups to organise seminars and workshops throughout New Zealand for the purpose of promoting information security principles, and furthering knowledge of the subject
- Publicise Information Security related activities within New Zealand and globally by forming relationships with the media, individuals, companies and other organisations
- Provide a resource for individuals, organisations and students with preferential focus
- Liaise with individuals, organisations and students interested in Information Security within New Zealand and globally
- Attendance at regular Forum meetings
- Fee reductions when attending Forum and NZSA sponsored seminars
- Attendance at functions organised by the sponsoring organisations or organisations that the Forum may have an affiliation with
- Opportunities to share ideas with other members of the Forum
- A regular Forum and NZSA newsletters
- Access to information resources, materials, products and services available to the Forum at preferential rates
At present NZISF is organizing or taking part in the following functions:
Organised on the second Thursday of every month, except January. The breakfast sessions are held at Owen glen Building, the University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Rd, CBD, Auckland, start at 7.30am.
Each session includes a cooked breakfast, 50 min presentation related to information security followed by a discussion.
Announcements are distributed through internet only.
If you think that you could offer an interesting presentation contact Lech at firstname.lastname@example.org
More details in the “NZISF Meetings” and “Next meeting” sections.
All information about these functions is distributed through internet only. NZISF members pay the attendance fee the same as the regular NZSA members.
Functions organised in conjunction with other organisations or endorsed by NZISF; advertised separately.
Currently, NZISF are endorsing the following meetings/conferences:
- IT Security Forum
- OWASP NZ Day
New Zealand Information Security Forum (NZISF) cordially invites you and your friends to the October 2018 breakfast meeting:
Thursday, 11th October 2018
7:30 am, be on time, please!
Seminar Venue: The University of Auckland School of Business, Owen Glen Building, 12 Grafton Rd, CBD, Auckland.
Breakfast: OGGB Building, Level 1, Cafe
Presentation:OGGB Building, Case Study 1, Level 0
NZISF, NZSA and IITP members – $30
Students – $15
All others – $ 35, Cash or cheque, no credit cards.
Alternatively, credit my (i.e. Lech Janczewski) account at: BNZ, Auckland Branch, No: 02 0159 0235063 00. Please put the note with the payment: “NZISF October your name” and send me an email about the payment.
Topic: Teaching and Learning Cyber Security: Engaging Students Using Novel Assessments
Teaching and learning cyber security techniques can be challenging due to the complexity associated with building secure systems. The major issue is these systems could easily be broken if proper protection techniques are not employed. This requires students to understand the offensive approaches that can be used to breach security in order to better understand how to properly defend against cyber attacks. In the talk, we’ll discuss a novel approach to teaching and learning cyber security using an innovative assessment task that engages students in both software obfuscation and reverse engineering of obfuscated code. Students involved in the activities gain an appreciation of the challenges in defending against attacks. Our results demonstrate a positive change in the students’ perception during the learning process..
Presenter: Rizwan Asghar
Muhammad Rizwan Asghar is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. In 2018, he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching.
Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at international research institutes including the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) at Saarland University in Germany and CREATE-NET (an International Research Centre) in Trento Italy.
He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Trento, Italy in 2013. As part of his Ph.D. programme, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), California, USA. He obtained his M.Sc. degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands in 2009 and carried out his research as a Master Thesis Student at the Ericsson Research Eurolab, Germany. During his career, he also worked as a Software Engineer at international software companies..
This meeting of the New Zealand Information Security Forum is proudly sponsored by:
NZISF is a Special Interest Group of the NZ Security Association.
Car park under Owen Glen Building accessed from Grafton Road. Take lift to Level 1 (Not P1) then enter the building.