Government's Cyber Security Strategy

Connect Smart is the New Zealand government’s cyber security awareness campaign. Improving cyber resilience and cyber capability are two of the goals from the government's Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan for a secure, resilient and prosperous online New Zealand.


New Zealand's Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan (2015) recognises that the threat to New Zealanders and the New Zealand economy from cyber intrusions is real and growing. The National Plan to Address Cybercrime outlines the Government's response to cybercrime.

The Internet and other information technologies have transformed the way New Zealanders
live. Connectivity is an integral part of New Zealand’s economic growth and international
competitiveness.

Ninety percent of New Zealand households and 96 percent of businesses now have an Internet connection. New Zealanders rely heavily on the Internet for work, play and everyday life. People are embracing the benefits the technology provides:

  • Individuals are connecting to friends and family and shopping, banking, and being entertained and educated through the Internet
  • Businesses are promoting their services, selling, banking and communicating using the Internet. They use information technology to manage their business information
  • The government is heavily reliant on technology for the country’s day-to-day administration and it is essential for the operation of our critical infrastructure.

The Cyber Security Strategy is accompanied by a living Action Plan. This Plan will evolve to keep pace with technology developments and the emergence of new threats. New actions may be added, and existing actions amended. 

The National Cyber Policy Office will work with government agencies and Connect Smart public-private cyber security partners to produce a public annual report on progress.

The Cyber Security Strategy has four intersecting goals

  1. Cyber resilience
  2. Cyber capability
  3. Addressing cybercrime
  4. International cooperation

The Strategy is underpinned by four principles:

  1. Partnerships are essential
  2. Economic growth is enabled
  3. National security is upheld
  4. Human rights are protected online

Improving cyber security is a shared responsibility. In developing the Strategy, the government sought input from a wide range of stakeholders across government, industry, non-government organisations and academia.