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Unitec cybersecurity research facility a first for New Zealand

Unitec cybersecurity research facility a first for New Zealand
State of the art cloud-computing age cybersecurity technologies are on the way, following Unitec's joint venture with a Japanese institute.

Unitec Institute of Technology has partnered up with Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) for New Zealand's first cybersecurity research facility.

With cybersecurity playing an increasingly important role in the future of science and technology, the centre aims to amp up the skills of New Zealanders in this area.

Research and providing "state of the art cloud-computing age cybersecurity technologies" to organisations around the country will be carried at the facility at Unitec's Mt Albert campus. 

Hossein Sarrafzadeh, Unitec's associate professor and head of department of computing, says it'll help give New Zealand a competitive advantage in the cyberspace domain.

"Addressing anticipated skill shortages, educational needs and the need for advanced technologies is a shared responsibility of tertiary institutions, industry and government."

The facility will set up the first New Zealand-wide Darknet/Livenet station, which will monitor New Zealand cybersecurity through decentralised traffic monitoring and computing. 

An initial three-year partnership is being planned, with the aim to continue it for a further three years after that

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