Dr Rizwan Ahmad

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Dr Rizwan Ahmad



Senior Lecturer

Teaching areas

Information Security, Security Governance, Ethical Hacking, Networks, Business, IT and legal alignment for security standards, Cyber Law, Data Sovereignty

Contact details

Phone: +64 9 975 4601
Email: Click here to email Rizwan

Manukau Institute of Technology
MIT Manukau
Corner of Manukau Station Road and Davies Ave
Private Bag 94006
Auckland 2241


Rizwan Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology since 2013 and is a major contributor to the field of information security and cloud governance. 

He has more than 15 years of experience in security governance supported by his legal expertise. He is a committee member for ISO Security Standards JTC SC 27 New Zealand Standards and represents MIT in Joint Committee Australia and New Zealand of IT governance IT-030. 

Rizwan is an expert information security consultant specializing in ISO 27001, PCI DSS and enterprise security governance. Previously, Rizwan was Chairperson for the Cloud Data Governance research team of Cloud Security Alliance Global. He is also the founder and past CEO of the Cloud Security Alliance New Zealand Chapter. He has contributed research in the field of cloud security by working with international teams of Cloud Security Alliance and designing security controls. He has been involved in global research with Object Management Group, International Telecommunication Union, Common Assurance Maturity Model and Cloud Security Alliance.


Scholarly activities

Important positions held with research portfolio

  • Chairperson Cloud Security Alliance Data Governance (World) group in 2014
  • Founder and Former CEO of Cloud Security Alliance New Zealand Chapter

Industry guidance publications world

Awards and grants

  • Recipient of PhD Scholarship
  • Honorary Member of Beta, Gamma, Sigma

Industry activities

  • Conference speaker New Zealand
    • Speaker at breakfast meeting New Zealand Information Security Forum (NZISF) February 2011
    • Speaker at Cloud Services and Security Summit Auckland, May 2011
    • Speaker at NZ Cloud Computing Summit 2012 Masterclass: Overcoming security and reliability
    • Speaker at Evolve Conference Trend Micro August 2012
    • Speaker delivering Concepts of Sovereignty and Cloud user rights: Introducing four elements to secure the Cloud User in cloud computing at New Zealand Information Security Forum (NZISF), 2014
    • Speaker Delivering “Sovereignty of Data in the Cloud: Case for Data Bill of Rights” at IEEE Webinar
  • In news
  • Industry certifications
    • PCIP
    • PCI QSA
    • ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
    • ISO 27001 Master Auditor for Management Systems
    • ISO 29100 Privacy Lead Implementer
    • Lead Penetration Testing Professional

Memberships and affiliations

  • Member ISO 27000 SC 27 Committee New Zealand Standards
  • Member ISO 3850 IT-030 Joint Committee New Zealand and Australian Standards
  • Member Cloud Consumer Council
  • Member IEEE 2302 Standard for Adaptive Management of Cloud Computing
  • Honorary Member Beta, Gamma and Sigma
  • Member New Zealand Security Forum