Dr. Ryan Ko is a Senior Lecturer with the Computer Science department in the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and founder/ co-chair of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)’s Cloud Data Governance working group.
He is deeply interested in the research of Cloud data provenance, Cloud computing security, revolutionary cyber security techniques, and exploratory visualisations of Big Data.
Dr Ko serves on the CSA New Zealand Chapter’s Board of Directors, and was Board of Directors of Cloud Security Alliance Singapore chapter as Director of Research from 2010-2012. For his volunteer services to Cloud Security Alliance, he was recently awarded the inaugural CSA Ron Knode Service Award 2012. He also served as on the committee advising the Singapore government on Cloud Computing standards via the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).
From 2010-2012, he was a lead researcher in HP Labs’ Cloud and Security Lab and led the HP Labs TrustCloud research project, global pioneers behind end-to-end data tracking in clouds and the area of cloud data provenance. Technologies from HP TrustCloud has since been integrated with HP ArcSight, and is used in cloud infrastructures in government agencies and cloud centres from the USA and France.
Recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the IEEE TrustCom 2012 conference, Dr. Ko’s work was featured in HP Labs Annual Report 2011 for its global and social impact.
He publishes extensively in top conferences (IEEE TrustCom, IEEE ICWS, etc) and journals in cloud computing and service computing, and is also the Associate Editor of Wiley’s Security and Communication Networks, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cloud Applications and Computing. He is also founder and co-chair of the IEEE Symposium on Trust and Security in Cloud Computing (TSCloud) and technical program committee member of several conferences and workshops, including the top-tier IEEE TrustCom, IEEE ICPADS and IEEE Service Cup.
A recent work proposing the novel Kandinsky Graphs for visualizing large linked data sets won him the Best Paper Award in USEWOD 2011, part of the World Wide Web (WWW) 2011 conference.
During his PhD in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, he was the winner of the 4th IEEE Service Cup (Service Computing Competition) 2009 in Los Angeles, CA, and Singapore’s A*STAR SIMTech Best Student Award. He also served as an Editor of the ACM XRDS magazine (the student magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery) from 2008 to 2010, and together with his editorial team, he played a major role in the revamp of the magazine layout and content makeover at the ACM HQ in New York.
Dr. Ko has consulting experiences on security with several multi-national companies, and is regularly invited as speaker for academic, industry and hacker conferences on cloud security in Asia Pacific and in the United States. He holds 3 international patents on cloud data tracking and was a regular security blogger for HP.com. Ko volunteers extensively in rural computer education in Asia, and was an entrepreneur of two startups in Singapore.
His research interests are in cyber security, trust and security in cloud computing, cloud data provenance and data tracking, offensive security/ ethical hacking, large data visualisation and serious games.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.