OECD Global Forum on Digital Security for Prosperity


Ryan Ko

The University of Queensland, Australia

Chair Professor & Director, UQ Cyber Research Centre


Professor Ryan Ko is Chair Professor and Director of UQ Cyber, an interdisciplinary research centre involving 13 schools, faculties and centres at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia since 2019. For more than a decade, he has served as an expert at ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27, edited two standards in the ISO/IEC 27000 family, co-authored Australia’s SMB1001 certifiable cyber standard for SMEs, and recently co-chaired Singapore’s standards on Cyber Essentials and Cyber Trust Mark. Prior to his role at UQ, he was the founding director of the NZ Institute of Security and Crime Science from 2017 to 2019, established NZ’s first cyber security lab (CROW) in 2012 at the University of Waikato, and was commissioned by NZ’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to draft NZ’s national cyber security curriculum (NZQA Level 6). Through his academic roles, he co-founded several national and global cyber security competitions. His research interests focus on user data control, provenance, privacy, autonomous cyber, cybercrime prevention, and supply chain and organisational cyber resilience, and he has published more than 160 publications including books, patents and articles across computer science, political science, management, and criminology. His research has been cited by policy advisors across Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand, and some have been commercialised globally – helping INTERPOL attribute global cybercrime payments, the US Treasury to attribute fraud within cloud environments, and critical infrastructure providers to monitor industrial cyber threats. An experienced company director and technical expert, he has held governance and advisory roles at INTERPOL, ORCID, listed companies, start-ups, NGOs, and the governments of Australia (ACSC, TEQSA), New Zealand (DPMC, Ministry of Justice, GCSB), Singapore (Enterprise Singapore, IMDA, CSA) and Tonga (MEIDECC). He also contributed to the establishment of CERT NZ and CERT Tonga. Professor Ko has a B.Engineering (Comp. Eng’g) (Hons.), and a Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. For his contributions to his field, he has been elected Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, the Cloud Security Alliance, and the Queensland Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

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