Our Mission

The Cybersecurity Researchers of Waikato - CROW – are dedicated to user-centric research with the ultimate aim of giving data owners control over their own data. By 2018, CROW aims to be one of the top cyber security labs in the Asia Pacific Region.

Successful research outcomes will allow people to take charge of their own cyber security through the use of simple and easy to understand tools. This is also likely to generate important exports for the New Zealand economy. With our increasing reliance on Cloud technology and the continued growth in the use of mobile devices to access the internet, traditional cybersecurity approaches are becoming less effective. By using the Cloud, data users are relinquishing control of their data to third parties such as Cloud service providers. Users of cloud computing services have no way of knowing who has touched their data, the exact number of copies made of files, or whether their sensitive data is actually being deleted from Cloud systems.

To address this, CROW focuses on six major research directions:

Provenance

Provenance

Hardware Security

Hardware Security

Security Visualisation

Security Visualisation

User Centricity

User Centricity

Security Economics

Security Economics

Tools and Datasets

Tools and Datasets

Together, these directions enable the control of data to be returned to its owners and users. The outcomes of this research will reduce the reliance on third-parties and on relationships based simply on trust, which are found in many cyber security contracts today. Through the creation of authoritative security data sets which will enable this emerging cybersecurity research, we will continue in our quest to return control of data to users. Together with New Zealand industry partners, multi-national companies and international consortia such as the Cloud Security Alliance, the lab also works on discovering and disclosing vulnerabilities that present dangers to both data systems and networks and aims to create techniques that effectively eradicate the effects of new-generation malicious software.

CROW is also actively engaged in teaching the Master of Cyber Security degree and also offers papers in the areas of Computer Networking, Carrier and ISP Networks, Cyber Security and Cloud Computing Technologies and Security.

If you’re interesting in joining our team or working with us, please contact us at info@crow.org.nz