Auckland has won the bid to host world-leading researchers in cyber security at the PST 2016: International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST).

Auckland Convention Bureau manager, Anna Hayward, says the three-day conference will attract more than 250 delegates and inject $350,000 into the local economy.

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – worked with Unitec’s computing Head of Department Professor Hossein Sarrafzadeh to bring the conference to Auckland, using support from Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) bid fund.

“This is a great example of bringing business events into Auckland that align to ATEED’s sector priorities. Auckland has a vibrant ICT sector with more than 6700 companies, employing nearly 31,000 people, and contributing $4 billion or seven per cent of New Zealand’s GDP. The sector has grown 80 per cent in the past decade,” Ms Hayward says.

Professor Sarrafzadeh is part of the STRATUS (Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Transparency and User-centric Services in the Cloud) project. The $10.6 million Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment funded six-year project hopes to provide a significant boost to New Zealand’s fledgling cyber security industry.

“This conference will help grow the reputation of New Zealand as leaders in the field, and further strengthen international relationships in the area of cyber security,” he says.

“Since as early as 2010 cyber security has been identified as a global human capital crisis. It’s a big problem for businesses, governments, organisations, and individuals.”