Leo Oliver-Dowling, Gallagher Cyber Security Scholar.

Gallagher has announced that Leo Oliver-Dowling is the recipient of the 2021 Sir William Gallagher Master of Cyber Security Scholarship.

Started in 2015, the scholarship supports academically talented students studying towards a Master of Cyber Security at the University of Waikato.

With a strong commitment to cyber security and an ethos of giving back to its local community, Gallagher said the scholarship was created to have a positive impact on the industry through supporting the next generation of cyber experts.

“My main area of interest is cryptovirology, the study of how cryptography is used to design malicious software,” said Oliver-Dowling. “My goal is to pursue a career at the forefront of cyber security where I’m continuously learning about technology, and also helping people.

“The Sir William Gallagher scholarship has lightened my financial burden immensely, which will allow me to focus on the most important part of university – learning.”

Oliver-Dowling will receive financial support towards his postgraduate studies and industry experience through a research project at Gallagher.

“Not only is Leo a high-achieving student who we’re pleased to support, he is also deeply interested in learning about the use of complex technology, in this case cryptovirology, to help people and society at large,” Gallagher CEO and executive director, Sir William Gallagher said.