Cyber Security Strategy Refresh


Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister, Hon Clare Curran, has announced a refresh of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan (12 April 2018).

 

This refresh will consider whether the government has the right resources and the right arrangements to address the increasing cyber threats facing New Zealand.

 

  • The National Cyber Security Centre, which focuses on countering sophisticated cyber threats and protecting New Zealand’s networks of national importance, recorded 396 incidents over the 2016-17 year. 

 

  • The National Cyber Security Centre estimates that advanced cyber threats have the potential to cause $640m harm annually to New Zealand’s organisations of national significance.[1]

 

  • Since CERT NZ was established in April 2017 it has received 1100 reports of cyber incidents with a total loss of $5.3 million.[2] 

 

The government’s work on cyber security will complement its focus on digital rights, digital inclusion, digital innovation and digital government services. 

 

The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has indicated that the review of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan (2015) will involve close collaboration with the private sector and civil society.

 

“We must work collectively to build New Zealand’s cyber security capability and resilience so I invite everyone to join the play a key role in this work to refresh New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy,” Clare Curran said.

 

There will be a variety of ways for the private sector and civil society to feed into the refresh of the Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan – including through workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The refresh will be led by the National Cyber Policy Office within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.  It will involve a wide range of government agencies. 

 

The Cabinet paper and Terms of Reference for the refresh of the Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan have been proactively released by the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media. 

 

Further details will be available shortly. 

 

If you would like to attend one of the workshops, or be part of this process, please email connectsmart@dpmc.govt.nz.