1 February 2019

University of Queensland experts are available to comment on various aspects of Safer Internet Day on February 5. This year’s theme – “Together for a better internet” – encourages people to create a better internet by developing four critical skills: respect, responsibility, reasoning and resilience. Journalists can contact the experts below or search by topic or name at UQ Experts.

Dr Peter Clutterbuck: Business School.

Expertise: internet security and IT networking protocols. He has investigated IT security auditing, and has held public and private sector positions in personnel, project and technology management and is an expert on spyware management and risk mitigation.

Contact: p.clutterbuck@business.uq.edu.au, +61 7 3346 8140.

Dr Micheal Axelsen: Business School

Expertise:  IT governance and internet safety. He has 15 years’ experience in Information Systems  consulting, including project evaluation, audit,  management and governance. He has conducted research in the theory of technology dominance.

Contact: m.axelsen@business.uq.edu.au, +61 7 3343 1651.

Phil Cole: Security Operations Centre, Information Technology Services.

Expertise:  cyber security industry, in particular monitoring against threats and attacks and responding to cyber security incidents (including assisting the Australian Red Cross Blood Service with its 2016 donor data breach).  He can comment on responses to cyber security incidents, threat intelligence and cyber security information sharing.

Contact: p.cole@its.us.edu.au, +61 7 3346 4538, +61 436 471 574.

Mike Holm: Cyber Emergency Response Team – Australian (AusCERT)

AusCERT is a leading Cyber Emergency Response Team which operates within a worldwide network of information security experts to provide computer incident prevention, response and mitigation strategies. Mike can speak on computer and cyber security, incident response, national security and online security.

Contact: auscert@auscet.org.au, +61 7 3365 4417.

Bek Cheb: Business Team Leader Cyber Emergency Response Team – Australian (AusCERT)

AusCERT is a leading Cyber Emergency Response Team which operates within a worldwide network of information security experts to provide computer incident prevention, response and mitigation strategies.

Contact: auscert@auscet.org.au, +61 7 3365 4417.

Dr Keith Harris: Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychology 

Expertise:  how people develop interpersonal relationships online. He contributed to the development of the Online Relationship Initiation Scale, and has researched how suicidal people use the internet for suicide-related purposes.

Contact: kharris@psy.uq.edu.au, +61 424 624 434.

Professor Ryan Ko, Chair and Director of UQ Cyber Security

Expertise: cyber security, cloud data provenance (data tracking), applied cryptography (homomorphic encryption), data visualisation and cloud computing security. Prof Ko also serves as an expert to the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, was a member of the New Zealand Cyber Security Skills Taskforce and has assisted the NZ government in cases related to the NZ Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015)

Contact: ryan.ko@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3345 1092.

Media: UQ Communications, communications@uq.edu.au; +61 7 3365 1120.