Task forces and Special interest group


The Information Security Task Force (ISTF) is a risk management strategy and functional mechanism established by the JUCC Steering Committee to address critical information security issues in the JUCC member institutions. It is a mutual trusted platform for collaborating information security (IS) incident management, sharing of IS management and technical knowledge, and developing IS staff with the necessary skill set.


Membership of ISTF comprises representatives from all JUCC Full Members and Affiliate Members. The ISTF Convenor is appointed by the Steering Committee and serves for a two-year term. Mr Kelvin Chan of The University of Hong Kong is appointed as the ISTF Convenor for the year 2021-2023.

The University of Hong Kong

Mr Kelvin Chan (Convenor)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ms Connie Law

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Carter Lau

City University of Hong Kong

Mr Alex Lam

Hong Kong Baptist University

Mr Steven Chan

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Mr Charles Choy

Lingnan University

Mr Dominic Li

The Education University of Hong Kong

Mr Kwan Tak Kwong

Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Mr Thomas Sit

Vocational Training Council

Mr Timothy Yip

University of Macau

Mr Jeff Wai (Deputy Convenor)

Tung Wah College

Mr Alex Wut

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Mr Benjamin Ma

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Mr Samuel Shum

Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Mr William Chung

Caritas Institute of Higher Education

Mr Steven Lam

Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Mr Cyrus Chan

UOW College Hong Kong

Mr Charlie Choi

Background History and Development

Information Security (IS) is a vital ingredient of any institution and has become increasingly importance and complexity. Back in 2002, the JUCC has formed a Special Interest Group on Security (SIGS), chaired by Mr. Raymond Poon (CityU), to exchange ideas on best management practices for securing IT information in a university environment. In 2009, the JUCC applied for and received a special project funding from the University Grants Committee (UGC) to establish a JUCC Information Security Taskforce of the eight UGC-funded member institutions, with the mission to promote collaboration between JUCC member institutions with respect to increasing awareness and knowledge of Information Security.

The Taskforce was formally founded in September 2009 with Dr. Jeff McDonell, (LU), served as the founding Convenor.   After the departure of Dr. Jeff McDonell in December 2009, Mr. Gerrit Bahlman (PolyU) was elected to be the Chairman of the IS Taskforce. Under the leadership of Mr. Bahlman, the project objective was successfully achieved within the agreed timelines and budget.  The rich project deliverables include a recommended Information Security Governance Structure, Risk Assessments on each of the eight JUCC member institutions, IS TrainingsIS Conferences and IS Newsletters.

After completion of the project, the JUCC Steering Committee reformed the Taskforce into a formal establishment, the JUCC Information Security Task Force (ISTF) in March 2012. Membership of the new ISTF was extended to JUCC Affiliate Members.   The ISTF has now developed into an effective platform for IS professionals of JUCC member institutions to

  • Discuss and exchange ideas on best management practices for securing IT information in a university environment; with special emphasis on Information Security Policies and Security Plans
  • Share information on security products and the experience on using these products
  • Develop, evaluate, and/or implement jointly security hardware, software, policies and guidelines