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High honour for head of Waikato's cyber security lab

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Head of the University of Waikato’s Cyber Security Lab Dr Ryan Ko is one of 22 people who have been made Research Fellows by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The designation is the highest honour that can be given to a CSA research volunteer who has demonstrated significant contributions to CSA research. With headquarters in the US, CSA is the world’s leading organisation dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment.

"Thank God for this recognition. I feel humbled that our research contributions have been recognised by one of the top security consortiums in the world. I wish to dedicate this to my family, and my team-mates at the Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato."

CSA Executive Vice President of Research J R Santos says the inaugural group of Research Fellows was carefully selected.

"Volunteers are the backbone of the organisation and we rely on them for their contribution to our research. Without it, we couldn’t continue as an organisation. We’re really pleased to made Dr Ko a Research Fellow, acknowledging his contribution to our work especially in the Asia Pacific region"

Dr Ko is the co-founder and chair of the Cloud Vulnerabilities and the CSA Cloud Data Governance Working Groups. He spearheaded the formation of the CSA APAC Education Council and contributed to several key research papers. He is a subject matter expert representing CSA in the creation of the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification, and recipient of the 2012 Ron Knode Service Award. The CSA Research Fellowship Program, announced earlier this year, was established to recognise the talented and dedicated efforts of select CSA research volunteers whose work has led to ground-breaking and forward-thinking advancements for the CSA. CSA brings together the subject-matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products.

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