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Security Congress tackles international protection issues

Tuesday, 08 December 2009

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ECU’s Security Research Centre, SECAU, hosted the annual SECAU Security Congress at the Kings Perth Hotel last week. The theme of this year’s congress was “Managing the Threat”.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Kerry Cox opened the congress, citing the importance of converging technologies, and the need to draw together cyber security with physical security.

The three-day congress drew widespread international interest, with presentations from several globally acclaimed experts.

Conference keynote Bruce Schneier flew from the United States to speak about the economic realities of cloud computing. The internationally celebrated security technologist gave a keynote address to academics and congress delegates, and then gave a breakfast address to industry professionals.

Organiser David Cook said the congress has been a tremendous success, and the overwhelming support for the broad security theme of the event had been thoroughly embraced.

“We have had international speakers fly in from the United States, India, Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Italy,” he said.

Professor Craig Valli paid tribute to the quality of submissions from delegates, and spoke of ECU’s strong engagement with the security domain.

“This year two of the three ‘best paper’ awards went to ECU staff,” he said.

“Lecturer Patryk Szewczyk won the ANZFSS Prize for the Best Paper in the Field of Digital Forensics, and lecturer Chris Bolan also won a Best Paper award for his submission on RFID Spoofing Attacks.”

The SECAU Security Congress is an umbrella for four areas of security research including Information Security Management, Digital Forensics, Information Warfare and Security and Intelligence. The Congress is organised by the SECAU Security Research Centre at ECU.

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