Lion Rock Labs of Cyberspace Security

In recent years, HKCT Institute of Higher Education (HKCT) has integrated the five strategic positions of the Greater Bay Area as defined by the central government and the functional positions of Hong Kong and Macau. It actively participates in the teaching and research system construction of cyberspace technology in the Hong Kong and Macau regions. HKCT has successively established the "Institute of Cyberspace Technology" and the "Lion Rock Labs of Cyberspace Security" (The lab) to promote the integration of industry, discipline and research. The development of disciplines such as Cyberspace Security, Industrial Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence Engineering is emphasised in the college.

The "Lion Rock Labs of Cyberspace Security" mainly focuses on the difficult issues of discovering, warning, handling, and collecting evidence related to digital and cyber-based illegal activities. It revolves around the urgent need for accurate perception, in-depth tracing, and rapid managed to prevent and combat cybercrime. The lab aims to build a research platform for monitoring, warning, and prevention of cyber incidents, supporting the transformation and engineering of technologies and equipment in online activity tracking and tracing, and digital forensics inspection technologies.

The lab's main research areas are information and communication cybersecurity technology, including four research areas: digital forensics, cyberspace crime investigation, information system security management, and cybersecurity talent evaluation systems and certification standardization. It features the transformation of research results into service-oriented platform.

To Develop the Integrated Exchange Platform for "Industry, Discipline, Research, Application, Funding and Venture Capital"

Transformation of Research Results into Service-oriented Platform

Project 1: Cybersecurity Risks in the Digital Era in the Hong Kong Region and Legislative Responses

Project 2: Cross-border Data Security

Project 3: Cybersecurity Talent Evaluation System in the Hong Kong and Macau Regions

Project 4: Research on Cyberspace Security Control Technologies in the Hong Kong and Macau Regions

Project 5: Development of Cyber Range Offensive and Defensive Capabilities

Lion Rock Labs of Cyberspace Security Open Topics for 2024 (First Batch) - Guidelines for Proposal Submission
  1. Overall Objective:

In order to fully leverage the laboratory's role in "being based in Hong Kong, relying on the Mainland, and facing the world," and following the overall approach of "limited goals, stable support, integrated enhancement, and assisting Hong Kong," the laboratory plans to establish open topics focusing on research directions such as cybersecurity regulations and management, cryptography theory and technology, network and system security, cross-border data security theory and technology, blockchain and Web3, digital forensics and data governance, etc. The aim is to achieve significant research outcomes in these areas, addressing important scientific and technological issues faced by cybersecurity in Hong Kong. The goal is to rapidly elevate the research level of the laboratory and establish a certain level of influence in Hong Kong and across the country. Interested applicants are requested to submit the completed electronic version of the project proposal (signed by the project applicant and stamped with the official seal of the affiliated institution) to before April 20, 2024. Please indicate "Proposal for Lion Rock Labs Open Topics" in the subject line. (Application Form Template Download)

  1. Types of Topics:

Open topics mainly support research-oriented projects undertaken jointly by external high-level researchers and laboratory staff. The topics are divided into key topics and general topics, with funding ranging from HK$50,000 to 100,000 for key topics and HK$20,000 to 40,000 for general topics. The laboratory may adjust the possibility of applying for key projects to general projects of the same category based on the actual application situation and evaluation results.

  1. Key Supported Directions for this Year (First Batch):

    a. Cyberspace security regulations and management
    (1) Cross-border data security legal norms
    (2) Blockchain and Web3 legal norms
    (3) Personal information protection legal norms
    (4) Other cyberspace security regulations and management

    b. Design of teaching systems
    (1) Design of theoretical and practical teaching systems for artificial intelligence applications
    (2) Design of theoretical and practical teaching systems for blockchain and related technologies
    (3) Design of talent cultivation system and simulation SOC platform for security operation based on cyber range
    (4) Design of theoretical and practical teaching systems for master's courses in computer science (focus on cybersecurity higher education)
    (5) Other emerging technologies

    c. Cross-border data security theory and technology
    (1) Cloud computing and cloud service security
    (2) Big data security and privacy protection
    (3) Internet of Things security and reliability
    (4) Blockchain technology and its applications
    (5) Other application security theories and technologies

    d. Blockchain and Web3
    (1) Consensus mechanisms
    (2) Smart contracts and their security
    (3) Blockchain performance optimization
    (4) Cryptocurrencies and their security
    (5) Other theories and technologies related to blockchain and Web3
  1. Requirements for Topic Application:

    (1) Clearly defined research objectives, research content, and innovative points;
    (2) The execution period for both key-funded and general-funded topics is 2 years;
    (3) Completion indicators should be quantified according to the acceptance requirements of various types of topics, such as invention patents, academic monographs, top-tier journal papers, SCI or EI indexed papers, other core journal papers, awards, etc., including the expected quantity of achievements.
  1. Enquiry:

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Academic Symposium and Event

HKCT Institute of Higher Education (HKCT) and Suzhou Automotive Research Institute, Tsinghua University held the academic seminar "Exploration of Human Factors Engineering in the Field of Sports and Health - Perspective from the Application of Traditional Chinese Medicine" on 11th January, 2024. The seminar brought together medical professors, scientists, scientific research team members, sports professionals, and others to integrate knowledge from different fields and discuss human factors engineering.

This is the first academic conference held after the establishment of the "Joint Laboratory for Aerospace Safety and Human Factors Engineering" by HKCT and Suzhou Automotive Research Institute, Tsinghua University last year. The seminar invited Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, representative inheritor of Nanjing Intangible Cultural Heritage, Professor Zhang Gongyu, Deputy Director of the Aerospace Vehicle R&D Centre, pre-selected members of the 39th team and backup members of the 40th team of the Chinese Antarctic Research Expedition, Mr Sun Lu, as well as the Honorary Deputy Secretary General of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and the Olympic Committee, and the Chairman of The Judo Association of Hong Kong, China, Mr WONG Po Kee, as speakers. The seminar was moderated by Mr KWOK Lam For, Head of the HKCT "Lion Rock Labs of Cyberspace Security". It was attended by guests and professional athletes from various fields such as technology, sports, and medicine.

During the seminar, Mr KWOK Lam For, Head of the HKCT "Lion Rock Labs of Cyberspace Security", pointed out that in 2023, the State Council issued the "Major Project Implementation Plan for the Revitalization and Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine," accelerating the construction of the innovation and modernization project for the inheritance of traditional Chinese medicine. The development of traditional Chinese medicine technology is closely related to the research of human factors engineering. "Through the establishment of the 'Joint Laboratory for Aerospace Safety and Human Factors Engineering,' we hope to leverage the advantages of the Hong Kong region, gather high-quality resources from home and abroad, strengthen the integration and development of human factors engineering with different industries and disciplines, promote research and innovation in human factors engineering in mainland China and Hong Kong, and build a highland for research and innovation in human factors engineering."


HKCT Institute of Higher Education and Hong Kong College of Technology (HKCT) held the "Joint Laboratory for Aerospace Security and Human Factors Engineering” Plaque Unveiling Ceremony during the "HKCT Gathering 2023" on November 30th 2023. The plaque unveiling ceremony was officiated by the Honorary Chairperson of the Board of Governors of HKCT, Mr TAM Yiu Chung, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare Mr HO Kai Ming, and the Director of the Tsinghua University Suzhou Automotive Research Institute (TSARI), Mr CHENG Bo, together with the members of the Board of Governors of HKCT. They witnessed the new milestone of cooperation between HKCT and TSARI.

HKCT and TSARI previously signed a cooperation agreement to leverage their respective advantages in research directions, platforms, and technological innovation capabilities. Starting with the topic of "Safety Systems for Aerospace and Polar Vehicles' Terminal Facilities," we jointly established a collaborative institution to gradually deepen research cooperation and provide platforms for basic scientific research, technological product development, project incubation, and new industrial integration. With "Lion Rock Labs of Cyberspace Security" as the research unit, HKCT will work under the guidance of TSARI’s Aerospace Vehicle R&D Centre to jointly build the "Joint Laboratory for Aerospace Security and Human Factors Engineering" in Hong Kong. The initial construction plan of the laboratory is jointly formulated by TSARI’s Aerospace Vehicle R&D Centre and HKCT's collaborative research group.

During his speech, Director of TSARI, Mr CHENG Bo stated that TSARI is Tsinghua University's first specialized research institute dedicated to a specific industry. Based on the principles of openness, cooperation, innovation, and win-win, they jointly established the "Joint Laboratory for Aerospace Security and Human Factors Engineering" with HKCT. The joint laboratory will undertake national strategic engineering and critical missions, realising high-quality development and self-reliance in the field of vehicle and security technologies.


In response to the high attention to cybersecurity in the "Policy Address" released on October 25, HKCT Institute of Higher Education held the "Lion Rock" Symposium of Cyberspace on October 27, 2023. Professor LEI Zhibin, Secretary-General of the Institute of Web 3.0 Hong Kong, was invited as the officiating guest, along with Mr WANG Zhongru, Director of the Information Centre of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR, and several guests from the information technology and academic fields attended the event.

The Symposium themed "Digital Security and Privacy - Mainland Experience Sharing," invited 4 heavyweight experts in the field of cyberspace, including Dr. Huang Jiwu, a distinguished professor at Shenzhen University and winner of the National Distinguished Young Fund , Researcher Li Fenghua, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Institute of Information Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and expert of the State Council's Cyberspace Security Discipline Review Group, Professor Yang Tingting, a researcher at the Pengcheng Laboratory and Minister of the Ministry of Education, and Professor Sun Guozi, Director of the Institute of Data Security Compliance Application Technology at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. They respectively gave presentations on 4 topics: "Forgery of Image Evidence," "Development Trends and Applications of Data Security and Privacy Computing in the Sharing Environment," "Ten Fundamental Issues of Computing Power and Security Networks," and "Electronic Data Forensic Technology: Opportunities and Challenges."


On the day the ICT founding ceremony was held, HKCT also hosted the Symposium of Cyberspace. Numerous cyberspace specialists and scholars supported the event. Dr WEN Sheng from Swinburne University of Technology, Professor ZHANG Weizhe, Deputy Director of the New Network Department of Peng Cheng Laboratory, and Professor MA Zhuo, Deputy Director of the Scientific Research Institute of Xi’an University of Electronic Science and Technology, respectively delivered a keynote speech entitled “How can we guarantee Web 3’s future success?”, “Security risks and strategy related to internet domain names”, and “Machine unlearning mechanism and its security application”.

In addition, Professor MA Jianfeng, Director of the Department of Cyberspace Security of Xi’an University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Professor ZHANG Xiaosong, Director of the Institute of Cyberspace Security of the University of Electronic Science and Technology, Professor LI Xiaoyong, Executive Dean of the School of Cyberspace Security of Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Professor CAI Jingjing, Chairperson of Yongxin Zhicheng Technology Co., Ltd., took part in a roundtable forum on the development of the cyberspace security discipline and talent grooming. Professor DING Yong, Dean of ICT, was the moderator. All the guests in attendance praised the specialists and scholars for their professional insight that helped enhance their understanding of cybersecurity.