Data under attack: cybercrime and data science

In this Data Science in the News webinar we explore cybercrime and cybersecurity.

Seminar Recording


  • Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen – Director, QUT Centre for Data Science


  • Mr Rob Wiggan – Associate Director, Information Security, Digital Business Solutions, QUT
  • Associate Professor Mark Burdon – School of Law, QUT
  • Associate Professor Cassandra Cross – School of Justice, QUT
  • Dr Zahra Jadidi – Research Fellow in Cybersecurity, School of Computer Science, QUT

More about the Panel Session Topics

Mr Rob Wiggan: Who wants my data? Why? and What can I do about it?

I will talk about centre around the value of the data we collect and store both directly or through business partners and why it is valuable to cybercriminals. I will then discuss some of the basic data protection mechanisms we can implement to meet some of the current threats.

Associate Professor Mark Burdon: Securing Personal Information in a Connected World

Australia’s cybersecurity framework covers different aspects of law and regulation. A key legal obligation for entities regulated by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) involves the requirement to secure personal information. However, the increasing ubiquity of sensorised data and data analytics means that the traditional concept of personal information in Australia is now being challenged. My talk will therefore highlight the complexities of defining personal information in a collected world and provide an overview of key legal issues pertinent to the future of information privacy and cybersecurity regulation in Australia.

Associate Professor Cassandra Cross: Fraud and COVID19

Dr Cross will discuss the ways in which COVID19 has impacted on fraud victimisation globally. In many ways, offenders have seamlessly transitioned their approaches to exploit COVID19 anxieties and vulnerabilities. The pandemic and associated societal changes have also radically altered the level of vulnerability of many citizens worldwide, and necessitate a revision on prevention messaging.

Dr Zahra Jadidi: Cyber-Physical Systems Security

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are integrations of computation, networking, and physical processes. Examples of CPS include smart grid and industrial control systems. This seminar will discuss CPS security vulnerabilities and threats.

More about the Moderator and Panellists

Rob Wiggan is an accomplished IT professional with over 30 years of industry experience. He has spent the last 15 years specialising in providing strategic leadership to deliver mature Information Security programs and managing secure Information Security Operations within complex working environments. He has held senior leadership roles across multiple industry sectors including banking, utilities and higher education. Since early 2018 he has held the role of Associate Director Information Security at Queensland University of Technology with responsibility for Information Security across all the business streams of Research, Learning and Teaching and corporate applications.

Mark Burdon is an Associate Professor at QUT Law. His primary research interests are privacy, information privacy law and the regulation of information security. His recent research examines the complex privacy issues that arise from the sensorisation of everyday devices and infrastructures, as outlined in his book Digital Data Collection and Information Privacy Law, published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr Cassandra Cross is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice, QUT. Her research focuses predominantly on fraud victimisation, and highlights the complexities of offending as well as the challenges that victims experience in seeking justice.

Dr Zahra Jadidi is a research fellow in Cybersecurity at Queensland University of Technology. Her research interest is the security of cyber-physical systems and the automation of security analysis.

Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen is the Director of the QUT Centre for Data Science, Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers. She is acknowledged to be one of the leading researchers in her discipline. She uses and develops new statistical and computational methods that can help to solve complex problems in the real work. She works with a diverse range of people doing outstanding things in many different areas, and making the best use of data to make better decisions


Location: Online
Start Date: 16/07/2021 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 12pm
End Date: 16/07/2021
End Time: 1pm (AEST)