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Cyber Security news and features

The expanding role of cyber in national security

Line of Defence Magazine, Winter 2018

Dr Bryson Payne of the Center for Cyber Operations Education at the University of North Georgia writes public and private will need to work together if we are to survive the next generation of cyber-enabled hybrid conflict.

Opinion: Let’s talk about the elephant in the room

New Zealand Security Magazine, August 2018

NZSM editor Nicholas Dynon does his due diligence on media-reported claims that Chinese tech and security manufacturers build products that spy on behalf of Beijing. They’re accusations, he writes, that smell just a little off.   

Maximising security analyst capability with artificial intelligence

NZ Security Magazine, Apr-May 2018

John Martin is Senior Security Architect & Security Practice Leader at IBM New Zealand and President of the New Zealand Chapter of ISC2. He spoke to NZSM about how ‘new collar’ recruitment, micro-skills training and AI can solve the cyber skills shortage.

Enhancing cybersecurity through talent management

Line of Defence Magazine, Autumn 2018

Nick Nelson of Massey University’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies, argues that maintaining cybersecurity includes both tech as well as human factors – this means that recruiting and retaining the ‘right’ people can make all the difference.

NZDF and Cyber Warfare: Offence, Defence and Deterrence

Line of Defence, Spring 2017

We ask Dr Joe Burton, Senior Lecturer in political science and public policy at Waikato University, about how New Zealand is positioned in relation to cyber warfare and find that among the challenges there are opportunities.

The Internet of Things and the hackable home

NZ Security, June/July 2017

The smart home is taking off, but connecting your espresso machine to the internet is not without its risks. In an age where cyberattacks on power stations can cause power blackouts across cities, are homes at risk of becoming a new target of cybercrime? 

New Zealand lacking true dialogue on cyber security

NZ Security, Feb/Mar 2016

December’s NZ Security covered cybersecurity expert Andrew Colarik’s presentation to the Future NZ Forum in Auckland’s last November. Here, we catch up with Dr Colarik to talk about what needs to happen to make New Zealand truly cyber resilient.

New Zealand needs a cultural shift to keep data safe

NZ Security, Dec 2016 / Jan 2017

November 10th saw the staging of Massey University’s Future NZ Forum on Cybersecurity, held at Auckland’s Aotea Centre. NZ Security was there to hear from Dr Andrew Colarik, a cybersecurity expert with the university’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies.

NZ Institutions at Cyber Security Forefront

NZ Security, Oct/Nov 2016

International Privacy, Security & Trust Conference Conference coming to NZ and UNITEC, and Waikato University software engineering student takes out $25,000 Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship.

Australia's cyber security capabilities slammed

NEWS: NZ Security, February 2016

A new report, Australia Rearmed: Future Capabilities for Cyber-enabled Warfare, claims that Australia’s response to the emerging importance of cyberspace in future war has been slow and fragmented.

Australian Signals Directorate Tips for home users

NEWS: NZ Security, February 2016 

With Safer Internet Day just gone, it’s as good a time as any to review one’s personal IT security practices. And as good a guide as any is the Australian Signals Directorate’s Top Security Tips for the Home User. Read more

NZ and Australia seek two-way street on cyber threats

FEATURES: NZ Security, Oct 2015

Increasing cooperation between government and businesses in relation to cyber security is a trend on both sides of the Tasman; both governments realising the weakest link in the security chain could end up being an SME. Read more

Experts point to payment systems threats in 2016 

NEWS: Dec 01, 2015

Among the 14 key areas of threat identified in Intel Security’s recently released 2016 Threat Predictions report was that of payment systems, and in particular the proliferating scourge of online credentials theft. Read more

UK cyber competency scheme now available to Kiwis

NEWS: NZ Security, December 2015

A new pilot offers NZ IA professionals assessment against CESG standards. Two roles are being offered as part of the pilot – Security and Information Risk Advisor (SIRA) and IA Architect. Read more

Security concerns shouldn’t stop SMEs going online

FEATURES: NZ Security, October 2015

According to the latest MYOB report, losing access to data, having business information hacked and foreign government surveillance are among the concerns of New Zealand’s small-to-medium enterprises. Read more

Data encryption politics keep transactions vulnerable

FEATURES: NZ Security, April 2015

FREAK is the most recently uncovered security flaw threatening millions of Internet users. It is also a sobering reminder of the extent to which state espionage has shaped and continues to shape cyberspace. Read more

Security research moves offshore because of TICSA

FEATURES: NZ Security, April 2015

The Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act (TICSA), which was put in place under urgency last year, has prevented research and investment into what is arguably the next generation of new technology. Read more

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