ITx Innovation Days Speakers

Keynotes and Speakers for 2021 ITx Innovation Days

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Prashant Khanna

Prashant Khanna is a Senior Lecturer at Wintec, Hamilton. He has over 25 years of industry experience in diverse roles related to managing large teams in communications and IT. His interests, besides taking classes on Cybersecurity and Forensics at the postgraduate level Big Data at undergraduate levels include the handling of CRM data hygiene issues for organisations, and the resolving data overload problem facing NZ organisations today. His research focuses on Data Privacy and the emerging threats in the delivery of projects while working in the gig economy.

Web Technologies Paper Presentations

Friday 1:10pm - 2:10pm, (CITRENZ 4 Room)

1.10 - Forming Team for Cybersecurity and Cyber-Forensics operations

1.40 - Power Supply Dynamics for Outdoor IoT Sensors

Forming Teams for Cybersecurity and Cyber-Forensics operations using individual profiling
Prashant Khanna with Chris Baker

Cybersecurity is, by nature, an interdisciplinary topic at an individual level and multidisciplinary one at a team level. This is showcased on numerous occasions by the responses seen to increasingly complex level of attacks that have emerged in the last two years. Responses to such attacks are often managed by a team of people within organisations/companies/governments and private institutions dedicated to handling cyber incidents. These teams normally consist of several “domain experts” who excel in their specific field of knowledge, have specific personal traits and working habits. Team formulation exercises within organisations that conduct cyber operations are often driven by assumptions that they face ever present, intelligent, evolving and adaptive adversaries, suitably governed and managed. It is valid to assume today that the adversaries are both human as well as machine assisted algorithms. The combination of such variables poses interesting challenges to cohesive team formation to address cyber operations.


Power Supply Dynamics for Outdoor IoT Sensors
Steve Cosgrove and Mathew Way

The term ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) describes a growing network of Internet connected devices of various types, used in all areas of 21st century life. Many of these devices are sensors, predominantly commercial products that are used by the million, in situations like car parking or street lighting (IEC, 2016).
This paper considers power requirements of those sensors that are in challenging situations. In particular, they might be in locations that are special by being remote, sensitive, out of digital communication range, in harsh environmental conditions or similar circumstances.
New Zealand has a high-profile campaign to substantially reduce the number of introduced predator species in our country (www.pf2050.co.nz PFNZ2050). This organisation is Government funded to provide a range of solutions to contribute to these aims. There have already been significant examples of regeneration and recovery of native flora and fauna.