Keynote address

Topic: Cyber Security

Speaker:  Prof Jiankun Hu
                Cyber Security Lab at UNSW, Canberra, Australia


Cyber security has been placed as Australia National Priority. Yet, we have witnessed a large scale hacking attacks on the accounts of at least 10 Australia Federal ministers including then Prime Minister over email network systems in 2011. There exists a perception that cyber security is about cryptography, and hence enormous resources have been devoted to this field. However, cyber security is a system concept: “Security strength depends on its weakest link”! Hacking might not be necessarily related to cryptography. Denial of service attacks have nothing to do with cryptography. Unfortunately such attacks are becoming more and more dominate! Interestingly security mechanisms countering such attacks rely more on data analysis/pattern recognition.
In this talk I’ll introduce cyber security research activities conducted at UNSW Canberra in addressing those issues.

Jiankun Hu is full professor and research director of Cyber Security Lab at UNSW Canberra. Prior to this appointment, he used to work in RMIT and the University of Melbourne. Prof. Hu has been awarded the prestigious German Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship and his main research interest is in the field of cyber security including access control using biometrics, anomaly intrusion detection and wireless sensor key management.
He has served as Program Chair and Symposium Chair for many international conferences including IEEE Flagship Conferences ICC and Globecom. Prof. Hu has been awarded 7 ARC (Australia research Council) grants in the field of security. He is the member of the prestigious Mathematics, Information and Computing Sciences (MIC) Panel, ERA (Research in Excellence Australia) 2012 Research Evaluation Committee (REC). Prof. Hu has publications on top venues including IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI).