About the Speaker

Dr. Vrizlynn Thing received her Ph.D. degree in Computing from Imperial College London, U.K., while holding the U.K. Overseas Research Students Award and the Imperial College London, Department of Computing Scholarship concurrently. During her Ph.D. studies, she won the "Best Student Paper Award" at the 20th IFIP International Information Security Conference, and the Imperial College London "Hilfred Chau Postgraduate Award", presented to students with exceptional achievements in scholarship, for her work on adaptive detection and mitigation of network attack mutations. She was also a key research member in the European Union project "DIADEM Distributed Firewall", and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory & U.K. Ministry of Defence project "International Technology Alliance in Network and Information Science".

Dr. Thing is an IEEE Senior Member, and in the program committees of several international security & forensics conferences. She is a 3-time winner of the "Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors Award" for her inventions on cyber attack defense, network forensics and mobile device security, and a 4-time recipient of the "I2R Role Model Award". She also won the "Best Paper Award" at CYBERLAWS 2011 and SECTECH 2012, for her work on user authentication and mobile device forensics, respectively. For her significant scientific contributions to the research on cyber crime and security, she was named the "Achiever of the Year" in 2012 by I2R, A*STAR.

She is the Department Head of Cybercrime and Security Intelligence at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), and specialises in cyber crime & attack evolvement detection, cyber security, digital forensics, mobile security and security intelligence & analytics. During her career, she has taken on roles as the Principal Investigator and Lead Scientist in several collaborative projects with industry partners such as Fortune 500 companies and the government agencies. At the same time, she sits in the National Research Foundation Cyber Security R&D Programme Local Expert Panel to provide expertise and advice on critical scientific issues and emerging trends to the Executive Committee. She is also an A*STAR Graduate Scholarship Ph.D. Advisor, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore.

Talk Abstract

Cybercrime and Security Intelligence: Key Challenges and Its Future

This talk covers a discussion on how the fast paced advancement of technologies, discovery of vulnerabilities (newly introduced or lying dormant for a long period of time), and new attack means and techniques in the cyber space are leading to an ever-evolving cyber threat landscape and challenges in cyber security. Promising future directions and key focus in cybercrime and security R&D in I2R, A*STAR, are presented and discussed in this talk.