About Ubiquitous Security

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UbiSec is an innovative new security and privacy consultancy dedicated to delivering effective risk outcomes through evidence-based research into the evolving world of transnational cybercrime. We provide threat driven, risk focused, business lead advice and guidance to help New Zealand organisations navigate digital challenges.

Director Chris Hails (CISSP, CISM, CCSP, CRISC, CTPRP) is an Auckland, New Zealand based cybersecurity researcher seeking to reduce the emotional and financial harms caused by cyber-enabled crime and social engineering. He is a qualified journalist, project manager and information security professional and has researched an individual’s ‘Security Quotient’ score and the behavioural qualities that may pre-dispose internet users to fall victim to socio-technical attacks. His research into the human factors that impact on information security was funded by InternetNZ.

He has previously consulted at Deloitte specialising in Privileged Access Management (PAM), privacy and socio-technical security and has also worked at New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCSB.

He previously developed the ORB cybercrime reporting system at NetSafe – between August 2010 and August 2016 New Zealanders reported almost 28,500 online incidents involving the loss of more than $35m to a wide variety of cyber-enabled threat actors.

Hails was interviewed by Kordia CISO Hilary Walton and spoke about the inspiration behind research efforts to increase New Zealand’s digital safety and reduce the emotional and financial harms caused by cyber-enabled crime and social engineering:

Cybersecurity Education and Outreach

Hails volunteers on the board of the Auckland (ISC)2 Chapter to arrange monthly security events and works with groups to educate on cybersecurity risks and the importance of developing organisational security culture to ‘harden the human firewall’.

He is a member of the NZ Internet Task Force (NZITF), NZ Information Security Forum (NZISF), ISACA Auckland Chapter, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP ANZ) and the Risk Management Society Of New Zealand (RIMS NZ).

Recent writing and speaking activities have included:

Digital Safety:



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