Professor Chris Leckie is fighting back against denial-of-service attacks.

With over two decades’ experience researching artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining, Professor Leckie is using his expertise to improve cyber security and mitigate denial-of-service attacks, which attempt to use traffic from multiple sources to overwhelm online infrastructure and take it down.

At the upcoming Secure Utilities, Professor Leckie will give a presentation on securing critical infrastructure from new-generation distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, a common threat to communication networks.

These attacks, which grew significantly more severe in 2016, have increasingly been focused on the monitoring and control networks associated with critical infrastructure and services.

The presentation will focus on the nature of DDoS attacks and the many forms that they can take; the threats posed by DDoS attacks to critical infrastructure and utilities; current approaches to detecting, preventing and mitigating DDoS attacks; and future trends in the arms race between attackers and defenders.

A Professor with the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, and the Associate Director of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre, Professor Leckie has led research teams at Telstra Research Laboratories and National ICT Australia (NICTA).

Professor Leckie has made numerous contributions to to cyber security, with his research on AI for telecommunication applications being used develop network intrusion detection schemes designed to handle complex data streams for a range of network attacks.

Professor Leckie’s research on data mining in the areas of anomaly detection, fault diagnosis, and cyber security has formed the basis of operational systems for industry use, and has been published in more than 200 articles in leading international conferences and journals.

Prepare your defences against cyber attacks. Our event, Secure Utilities, to be held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne on 23 March 2017, will arm you with the latest thinking and technology to protect your utility’s assets and data.


Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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