STRATUS

Returning Data Control to Users

Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Trust and User-centric Services in the Cloud

Project leaders believe STRATUS will create a whole new industry and put New Zealand on the cloud security map.

About us

STRATUS, led by the University of Waikato’s Dr Ryan Ko, is a six-year, $12.2 million cyber security project, funded by Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE).

Security Technologies Returning Accountability, Trust and User-centric Services in the Cloud (STRATUS) will create a suite of novel security tools, techniques and capabilities which return control of data to Cloud computing users. The aim is to empower users to be able to control their security of their data in the Cloud and to give companies tools and services to sell.

STRATUS is executed by a team of leading Cloud security researchers and practitioners from University of Waikato, University of Auckland, Unitec Institute of Technology and Cloud Security Alliance

Research Aims and Projects

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Research Aim 1 (RA1)

Transparency and Auditability of Data Activities in Clouds
Project 1: Tracking and Reconstruction of Data Provenance
Project 2: Data Governance and Accountability in Clouds

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Research Aim 2 (RA2)

Protection of Privacy of Data During Processing and Storing
Project 3: Secure Information Retrieval/Encrypted Search
Project 4: Efficient Privacy and Utility Preserving Encryption

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Research Aim 3 (RA3)

Awareness and Response to Anomalous Data Activities
Project 5: Real-time Situational Awareness
Project 6: Effective Cloud Vulnerability Scanning
Project 7: Attribution and Revocation Actions

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Research Aim 4 (RA4)

Resiliency and Recovery of Data
Project 8: Rapid Disaster Recovery Infrastructure

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Research Aim 1 (RA1)

Transparency and Auditability of Data Activities in Clouds
Project 1: Tracking and Reconstruction of Data Provenance
Project 2: Data Governance and Accountability in Clouds

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Research Aim 2 (RA2)

Protection of Privacy of Data During Processing and Storing
Project 3: Secure Information Retrieval/Encrypted Search
Project 4: Efficient Privacy and Utility Preserving Encryption

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Research Aim 3 (RA3)

Awareness and Response to Anomalous Data Activities
Project 5: Real-time Situational Awareness
Project 6: Effective Cloud Vulnerability Scanning
Project 7: Attribution and Revocation Actions

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Research Aim 4 (RA4)

Resiliency and Recovery of Data
Project 8: Rapid Disaster Recovery Infrastructure

Leading Research Institutes and Research Teams

The University of Waikato

Dr. Ryan Ko
(Principal Investigator, RA1 Leader)
Dr. Richard Nelson
(RA3 Leader)
Abigail Koay
(Research Fellow)
Prof. Geoff Holmes
(Key Researcher)
Shane Alcock
(Research Programmer)
Dr. Vimal Kumar
(Lecturer)
Dr. Panos Patros
(Lecturer)
Aleksey Ladur
(Research Programmer)
TJ Choi
(Assistant Research Programmer)
Harpreet Kaur
(Assistant Research Programmer)

Joshua Scarsbrook
(PhD Student)
Thye Way Phua
(PhD Student)

The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland

Dr. Giovanni Russello
(RA2 Leader)
Dr. Rizwan Asghar
(Researcher)

Unitec Institute of Technology

Unitec Institute of Technology

Prof. Christian Probst
(RA4 Leader)
Assoc Prof. Marcus Williams
(Key Researcher)

Cloud Security Alliance

Cloud Security Alliance

Dr. Lee Hing Yan
Mr. Haojie Zhuang

Scholarships

  • [PDF] Funded PhD Position Position on Cloud Interference Security

Vacancy

STRATUS is on the hunt for someone who is experienced in tech and investing with a commercialisation focus to consult the research programme and compliment the work of the various tech transfer offices of Unitec, Uniservices, and WaikatoLink.
The role would be to help guide the industry and research partners towards the development of new security products.

The ideal person would:

1. Demonstratable understanding/experience of technology commercialisation from early-stage and entrepreneurial standpoints
2. Good links/networks to technology investors (NZ seed/series A scale) at least in NZ, and preferably further afield
3. Good links/networks to potential commercial founders/entrepreneurs in NZ or further afield
4. Strong governance and/or technology-oriented business skills

Funded By

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

Industry Partners

Aura Information Security
Gallagher Group Ltd
Virscient Group
Naki Cloud

Contact Us

General Enquiries
info AT stratus.org.nz

Collaboration Enquiries
Brian Cole
brian.cole AT waikato.ac.nz
Research & Scientific Enquiries
Ryan Ko
ryan.ko AT waikato.ac.nz
Marketing & Communications Enquiries
Ann Huston
ann.huston AT waikato.ac.nz
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