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Dr Ryan Ko steps down as head of Cybersecurity Researchers of Waikato

Cybersecurity Researchers of Waikato (CROW) head Dr Ryan Ko is stepping down from his position and moving to Australia to become the University of Queensland’s UQ Cyber Security chair and director.

Ko played a major part in the formation of CROW and worked with the University of Waikato to bring it to life. Ko joined the University of Waikato in 2012.

Ko has also been a driving force behind the New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge, and the government’s $12.2 million STRATUS cybersecurity project.

The STRATUS project, launched in 2014, aims to help users control the security of their data in a cloud environment without third party guarantees.

University of Waikato lecturer Dr Vimal Kumar will take Ko’s place as leader of CROW. He has previously been involved with CROW in a smaller capacity. Kumar’s expertise lies in IoT security, wireless sensor networks, cloud computing, and general cybersecurity.

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