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More Cyber Security Experts Confirmed For 31c0n

By  Kordia,
 16 December 2016


The speaker line-up for New Zealand’s newest cyber security conference, 31c0n, has grown with three additional international experts confirmed to present at the event in February 2017.

Hosted by Aura Information Security, 31c0n is designed to provide those who work or have an interest in cyber security with the opportunity to hear from top industry experts from around the world, mix with like-minded people; and evolve their understanding of the cyber security landscape.

The event takes place from Thursday 23rd February to Friday 24th February, 2017, at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland.

Aura Information Security general manager, Peter Bailey, says that considering the increased focus many businesses are placing on cyber security, 31c0n provides the perfect environment for security practitioners, CISOs, CIOs and CTOs to get up to speed on what’s new in the industry.

“The rate at which this industry evolves means that all businesses need to take a proactive approach to cyber threats.

“We have worked hard to secure some of the top cyber experts in the world for 31c0n so local security practitioners can learn more about all areas of cyber security from critical infrastructure security to vehicle security, about vulnerability and exploitation research, fuzzing, defensive techniques, offensive security, cryptography and cryptanalysis – all without having to leave NZ.”


The newly announced speakers for 31c0n are: 


Michael Ossmann (USA) is a wireless security researcher who makes hardware for hackers. Best known for the open source HackRF, Ubertooth, and Daisho projects, he founded Great Scott Gadgets in an effort to put exciting, new tools into the hands of innovative people.

Ossmann focuses on SDR using the open-source GNURadio Companion GUI tool, which makes implementing a lot of cool SDR techniques as easy as dragging and dropping items into a flow diagram. 


Ravishankar Borgaonkar (UK) is a research fellow from the University of Oxford. His research themes are related to mobile telecommunication and involved security threats, ranging from GSM/UMTS/LTE network security to end-user device security.

His talk will present privacy issues in 4G cellular networks and their impact on end-users including myths about usage of IMSI catchers and how privacy of mobile subscribers can be breached at different layers of 4G networking technologies.


Jacob Torrey (USA) is an Advising Research Engineer at Assured Information Security, Inc. where he leads the Computer Architectures group. He has worked extensively with low-level x86 and MCU architectures, having written a BIOS, OS, hypervisor and SMM handler.

His major interest is how to (mis)use an existing architecture to implement a capability currently beyond the limitations of the architecture.


Other speakers confirmed for 31c0n include: 

Peter Gutmann (NZ), Computer Scientist at the University of Auckland, is interested in computer security issues, including security architecture, security usability (or more precisely the

lack thereof), and hardware security, he has discovered assorted flaws in publicly released cryptosystems and protocols.

Bryan K. Fite (USA), security practitioner, entrepreneur and Chief Information Security Officer at BT who has spent over 25 years in mission-critical environments.

Rodrigo Branco (Brazil), Principal Security Researcher at Intel Corporation in the Security Center of Excellence where he leads the Core Client, BIOS and IoT SoC Teams.

Craig Smith (USA), Research Director of Transportation Security at Rapid7. He has developed open source utilities to teach CANbus to students, and security penetration tools to uncover vulnerabilities in vehicle and diagnostic systems.


More speakers will be announced in early 2017 once the Call for Presentations has closed.

Hosted at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre, the event has just 200 tickets available at $750 + GST for the two-day conference. For more information or to buy tickets visit: and follow @31c0n for further updates.