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Thursday Live Webinar: Elf Eldridge on Cybersecurity in the new normal

9 April 2020: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Live Online
(Connection details will be emailed to all registered attendees shortly before the webinar)


NOTE: Pre-registrations are now CLOSED.

BUT you can still join the webinar by clicking here shortly before 4pm


Each Friday of Level 4 lockdown ITP will be hosting the brand new ITP Friday Live webinar. This week, due to Easter, we're running it on Thursday.

This week's session features a tech news roundup with the full TechBlog team, followed by a great talk and Q&A session with Dr Elf Eldridge from CyberToa on keeping safe online while working from home. You don't want to miss it.

These Level-4 weeks are long and times are tough. So grab a beer, wine or juice and finish your week off right with this informative and entertaining session, delivered live online nationwide.


4.00pm: TechBlog Panel Chat

The Friday Live webinar will kick off with a chat with ITP's awesome TechBlog team, giving a quick roundup of this week's big stories on TechBlog and elsewhere.

The TechBlog team includes:

The team are a "who's who" of tech journalism in New Zealand over many years. They know their stuff and between them have edited or covered tech for many household name publications in NZ.

ITP CEO Paul Matthews will facilitate the session and put your questions to the team.


4.20pm: Elf Eldridge - Cybersecurity in the "New Normal"

When the country was thrust into remote working en masse, some of the bad guys saw it as a big opportunity to target systems that might not be as secure in the ensuing chaos. 

A lot more attention was also put on online collaboration tools by both attackers and defenders. For example, this led to discovery of some potential exploits in remote working darling Zoom and a realisation that it wasn't as secure as first thought. And Zoom wasn't the only one.

So how do we keep ourselves safe - while staying connected - when working remotely? 

Security expert Dr Elf Eldridge from CyberToa will talk us through the social and technical exploits that we're seeing (or are likely to see) and outline steps we should all be taking to ensure our data and systems are as safe as possible in the new normal. 

About Elf Eldridge

Elf is a consultant for security consultancy Cyber Toa. Previously he taught computer science, engineering, physics and mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington from 2013-2017 after obtaining his PhD through The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.


4.40pm: Q&A with Elf Eldridge

ITP CEO Paul Matthews will put your questions to Elf Eldridge - ask him anything about his talk, or life, the universe or everything.


5.00pm (ish): Go and enjoy your weekend!

You've earned it.


Connecting in 

We'll be using Zoom's Webinar Edition for this session, so if you haven't used Zoom before we suggest trying to join 5 minutes early to download the software.

The use of Zoom for webinars

We've been watching closely the developments in relation to Zoom and other videoconferencing software.

Having taken advice, we are informed that our use case isn't affected by the issues that have been uncovered to date. For example, our webinars aren't confidential (in fact they're freely available, live), we don't enable chat functions, and none of the other issues affects us at this stage.

While we are concerned and are actively evaluating alternatives, we'll be continuing to use Zoom in the meantime for non-confidential use cases. Those who hold concerns can still access the webinar using the web browser version, or via the ITP Facebook page (albeit without Q&A).


NOTE: Pre-registrations are now CLOSED.

BUT you can still join the webinar by clicking here shortly before 4pm


While the ITP Friday Live webinar is open to anyone in tech, future sessions may be limited to ITP members only.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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