Leading cyber security experts will meet in Auckland next year to discuss advancement within the field as the risks of leaked data, phishing and exposure to inappropriate content poses increasing harm to economies across the globe.
The International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST) conference, which was last held in Auckland in 2016, has been secured again for New Zealand.
The PST will return to Auckland after a successful bid by Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh and Professor Hossein Sarrafzadeh, from the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) ambassador programme, the Auckland Advocate Alliance.
The New Zealand government recently launched the ‘Keep it Real Online’ campaign in an effort to keep children and young people safe online.
Professor Sarrafzadeh, a global expert on cyber security previously based at Auckland’s Unitec Institute of Technology says: “Cyber security is a hot topic across the world with a big gap in the training and technology to keep us secure. It’s estimated the cost of cybersecurity is increasing to $3 trillion, 80% of which is from organised crime.”
One of New Zealand’s foremost tech experts, Dr Mohaghegh, will lead the 2021 PST Conference in Auckland as well as speaking at Tech Week this month on a panel session around ‘Future Technology’ and celebrating women in the field.
For Dr Mohaghegh, a key component of the 2021 PST Conference will be to encourage more women to look at a career in cyber security technologies.
Dr Mohaghegh says: “Cyber security is a vital component of technology development, and with the addition of more and more smart devices entering our increasingly connected lives, there is huge potential for careers in cyber security.”
“As part of the 2021 PST Conference we are collaborating with the New Zealand Network for Women in Security and hope to encourage more women to consider this exciting and booming field.”
Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet A. Gerrard says: “It’s inspiring to see conferences like these showcase successful women in STEM. It’s so important to have all sorts of different people working in these areas to broaden perspectives and encourage innovation and new ideas.”
The PST2020 conference, scheduled to run 17-19 August in Toronto, Canada, was recently cancelled due to coronavirus.