Security News, Features, and Interviews

  • Government wants more co-operation to improve cyber security

    The government has released its first annual report on the implementation of its Cyber Security Strategy and its plans to address cyber crime, calling for government and the private sector to work together to drive improved cyber security across the economy.

    24 March 17 16:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Palo Alto Networks protects The Lines Company

    The Lines Company, the electricity distributor for the King Country region of the North Island, has replaced its firewalls with Palo Alto Networks’ security platform and next generation firewalls to boost its protection against cyber threats.

    02 March 17 11:56 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Businesses urged to insure against cyber risk

    Delta Insurance, which claims to be the only NZ owned specialist liability underwriting agency, is ramping up its credentials in the cyber risk insurance market, releasing a white paper on technology liability and saying cyber security threats are likely to be the key issue facing the industry.

    27 Feb. 17 13:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Businesses simply ‘ticking the boxes’ on cyber security

    Despite the high prevalence of cyber attacks, and two recent surveys showing that cyber security and cyber threats are top of mind for New Zealand CEOs, security for most organisations as “just a compliance or box-ticking exercise,” according to global business advisory firm, Grant Thornton.

    24 Feb. 17 12:40 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Insurers urged to lift their game on cyber risk

    The head of the NZ arm of global insurance broker, Marsh&McLennan, has lashed out at the insurance industry for what he says is its tardiness in providing protections for cyber related risks.

    22 Feb. 17 09:33 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Kim Dotcom team to appeal High Court’s extradition ruling

    ​Kim Dotcom’s legal team has said it will appeal against the High Court’s decision that he and two colleagues can be extradited and face trial in the US or a range of charges stemming from Kim Dotcom making copyright material available via his Megaupload service.

    21 Feb. 17 09:31 Written by Stuart Corner
  • DNS: The ‘Achilles’ Heel’ of the Internet

    Arbor Networks has released its twelfth annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR), singling out the Domain Name System (DNS) as one of the Internet services most targeted by DDoS attacks and saying it remains the Achilles Heel of global Internet infrastructure.

    24 Jan. 17 09:20 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The cost, and the pain of identity theft

    A survey undertaken by IDCARE, New Zealand and Australia’s national identity and cyber community support service, suggests that more than 300,000 Kiwis had their identities stolen in the past 12 months, that two thirds of these had their stolen identities actively misused by the thieves and that they lost, on average close to $10,000 each.

    19 Dec. 16 09:45 Written by Stuart Corner
  • DDoS could disconnect New Zealand, security expert warns

    Dr Andrew Colarik, a senior lecturer with the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, says New Zealand has not invested sufficiently in infrastructure to make the country resilient against denial-of-service attacks, or to keep data safe and that a large DDoS attack could shut down communications to the whole country.

    11 Nov. 16 15:27 Written by Stuart Corner
  • NZITF deploys EclecticIQ to share cyber threat information

    The New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) has opted for EclecticIQ’s threat intelligence platform to share information about malware and other online threats among its members and with New Zealand's wider cyber security community.

    10 Nov. 16 14:32 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Government task force to build cyber security skills

    Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced the establishment of a Cyber Security Skills Taskforce to address the shortage of cyber professionals in New Zealand.

    09 Nov. 16 11:15 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Kiwi SMBs not keen on cyber insurance

    Symantec subsidiary Norton says only six percent of New Zealand small businesses hold a cyber insurance policy, despite the fact that almost a fifth (18 percent) of the small businesses it surveyed had experienced a cyber attack.

    28 Oct. 16 15:56 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Cyberbullying Kiwis’ number one Internet worry

    InternetNZ has released the results of research commissioned by market research company UMR saying it found 72 percent of respondents to be aware of the risks around personal security on the Internet, and therefore reinforced InternetNZ’s focus on Internet security and privacy.

    27 Oct. 16 13:34 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wynyard Group goes into administration

    Struggling NZX-listed cyber security company, Wynyard (NZX: WYN) has gone into voluntary administration after abandoning plans to take on a new $10m loan, or raise new capital. KordaMentha partners, Neale Jackson and Grant Graham, have been appointed as administrators.

    26 Oct. 16 10:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • The Intercept outs Endace for role in Government data snooping

    The Intercept, the news web site famous for its role in publicising Edward Snowden’s massive leak of US National Security Agency files, has named Auckland based network monitoring technology provider, Endace, for its role in helping several national governments snoop on citizens' data.

    26 Oct. 16 09:42 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Cyber security could be an export earner, says NZTech

    The head of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech), Graeme Muller, has warned that the country faces a security skills shortage, but despite this claims that cyber security could become a significant export earner for the country over the next decade.

    17 Oct. 16 13:55 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Kiwis’ cyber security measures on the wane

    Communications minister Amy Adams has released a report into cyber security commissioned by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet showing that the level of cyber security adopted by New Zealanders is falling.

    10 Oct. 16 13:29 Written by Stuart Corner