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More Speakers Revealed for 31c0n

By  Kordia,
 18 January 2017


Five more speakers have been added to the line-up for 31c0n, New Zealand’s newest cyber security conference taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 2017.

To date, 12 global and local experts are confirmed to present at the inaugural event which is aimed at providing CIOs, CISOs and security practitioners with vital information on the latest trends and threats in cyber security.
With 2017 upon us, Aura Information Security general manager, Peter Bailey stresses that now’s the time for New Zealand businesses to take cybersecurity seriously – particularly as digital threats becoming increasingly commonplace for New Zealand businesses. 
“The rate at which this industry evolves means that all businesses need to take a proactive approach to cyber threats.” 
“Business decision makers and security specialists alike will benefit from listening to top cybersecurity experts from all around the world talk about the emerging threats that have the potential to damage and hurt their business operations. These guys aren’t working in hypotheticals, but present issues that exist in the real world.”
“Best of all – people don’t have to leave the Kiwi summer and travel abroad to hear speakers of this calibre, as they so often have to do,” adds Bailey. 

The newly announced speakers for 31c0n include:

  1. Dr Oliver Matula & Chistoph K Klaassen (Germany) are IT security researchers and practitioners at ERNW, a German-based security company. They both have extensive experience on the offensive side of IT security (e.g. by means of penetration tests and research) and the defensive side (e.g. by means of consulting in large corporate environments). Their presentation is titled Doing the same thing over and over again: A Critical View on Security Products and will look at the offensive and defensive elements of corporate security.

  2. Philippe Langlois (France) is a highly regarded entrepreneur, security researcher and expert in the domain of telecom and network security. He has founded several internationally-recognised security companies and has led technical, development and research teams at Solsoft and TSTF. He is experienced in bringing technology firsts to market, including proposing Penetration Testing in France. 

  3. Edmond Rogers (USA) is a Security Engineer for the University of Illinois Information Trust Institute. Previously, Rogers worked at a Fortune 500 Investor Owned Utility in the United States where he was responsible for the cyber security of SCADA systems that operated the bulk electric system. Edmond will be discussing Armadillo 2.0 client for CyPSA (Cyber Physical Situational Awareness), a UI for Windows that provides data flow visualization similar to power flow software.

  4. Matthew Daley (NZ) is a senior consultant for Aura Information Security. He conducts security assessments across critical infrastructure environments for a wide range of industries, including banking organisations and energy providers. Matthew will be discussing service account weaknesses in companies, highlighted with real world examples and what can be done to manage risk.
Other speakers confirmed for 31c0n include: 

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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

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

  6. 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. 
  7. 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.

    Craig is also author of the hugely popular The Car Hacker’s Handbook: A Guide for the Penetration Tester
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.