Check out the latest events and activities from Connect Smart and our Partners.



03 February 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

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Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally on 7 February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Peter Chisnall, Mastercard | 29 November 2016

Staying secure when shopping online this festive season – Mastercard

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With two out of three Kiwis shopping online at least monthly, Mastercard has some simple steps to help businesses and consumers protect their personal information as the festive season approaches.

Consumer Protection New Zealand | 14 November 2016

Fraud Awareness Week: Email scammers are targeting Kiwis

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As Fraud Awareness Week kicks off, Consumer Protection NZ is reminding New Zealanders that two thirds of Kiwis have received suspicious emails from unknown people seeking money or personal details in the past year, according to Connect Smart research.

NCSC | 02 November 2016

ALERT: Disclosure of New Zealand Health Sector membership details

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On 2 November 2016, the NCSC was made aware that a targeted spearphishing campaign against a New Zealand Health Sector organisation had been successful. This has resulted in the membership information of the organisation being released to a likely malicious actor. The information included first and

Professor Steve Reeves, Computer Science, Waikato University | 28 October 2016

Waikato University: An appeal for use cases for blockchain in New Zealand government and industry

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Professor Steve Reeves from Waikato University, one of our Connect Smart Partners, is doing research into the application and security implications of block chain technology, and seeks the assistance of Connect Smart partners with advice on potential use cases. Professor Reeves is interested in hea

28 October 2016

Cyber Security Strategy Workshops

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It was great to have enthusiastic participation by Connect Smart partners in workshops about the next steps of the Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch during Connect Smart Week.

28 October 2016

CERT NZ establishment and progress

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The CERT establishment team are now recruiting for a range of key roles including the CERT NZ Director, Operations Manager, Incident Managers, as well as Analysts, Systems and Security Specialists. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of New Zealand’s central response to cyber security issues.

14 October 2016

Media Release: Kiwis’ understanding of cyber security positive for the future

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97% of the people taking part in the Connect Smart Week “How Cyber Smart Are You?” quiz understand what a strong password is.

In other positive results, 99% know the importance of updating software and installing security patches. Participants know to use public Wi-Fi only for browsing new

13 October 2016

Media Release: Connect Smart Week – Jargon Buster

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A one-stop guide to cyber jargon is now available on the Connect Smart website.

The “Jargon Buster” glossary has been released as part of Connect Smart Week. It includes definitions of terms such as cyber-attack, cyber-crime and cyber security incident, as well as definitions of specific cyb

12 October 2016

Media Release: Kiwis hooked by online phishing expedition

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A KPMG test on the cyber security of New Zealand businesses as part of Connect Smart Week has revealed one in ten Kiwis could fall for a phishing attack.

Phishing is the practice of sending an email pretending to be from a reputable company or organisation in order to trick

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