The third seminar of the "COMP x CAA Academic-Industry Seminar Series" was held virtually on 27 April with the topic of “Cybersecurity”. Around one hundred students and alumni participated in the session. The seminar series is co-organised by COMP and the Computing Alumni Association (CAA) to encourage knowledge exchange between academia and industry.
Dr Daniel Luo, Associate Professor of COMP, started the seminar with his recent research on defending against sophisticated mobile malware. He is known for his expertise in mobile security and smart contract security in Hong Kong, and his research interests include mobile, IoT and system security and privacy, blockchain and smart contract security, as well as network security and privacy. He introduced their systems that can unpack hardened mobile malware and their proof-of-concept (PoC) tool that demonstrates how easily mobile malware can evade existing detection approaches.
The industrial speaker this time was Ms Silvia Ihensekhien, Chief Information Security Officer of ShipServ, at the same time an awardee of 2019 COMP Alumni Award and mentor from COMP. Silvia is one of the few female leaders in the shipping eCommerce industry in Hong Kong, her hands-on experience in internet security is also well recognised. She gave an in-depth introduction to ransomware - one of the most common cyber-attacks, and provided helpful advice on how to prevent ransomware attacks.
In the discussion that followed, our faculty members concurred that cybersecurity is critical and found new angles on cybersecurity applications. Dr Henry Chan, Associate Professor and Associate Head (Partnership & Collaboration) of COMP hosted the seminar and Q&A session.