The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is charged with helping government agencies and critical infrastructure against cyberthreats, has been officially opened in Wellington.
“This is an important step in building New Zealand’s capacity to protect against sophisticated cyber threats,” says Steven Joyce, minister for communications and information technology, in a statement. The centre, a key part of the government’s Cyber Security Strategy, released in June, will have three main functions: to provide advice and support to help develop secure networks, to detect and respond to sophisticated cyber threats, to coordinate and assist operational responses to major cyber events of national importance. The NCSC will also absorb the existing functions of the Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP). “Cyber security is becoming increasingly important for New Zealanders, businesses and government. Cyber intrusions have the potential to impact on the reliability of critical infrastructure, government services, and the economy,” says Joyce. The NCSC will be hosted within the Government Communications Security Bureau.