The government is to launch a Cyber Security Strategy, Communications and IT minister Steven Joyce announced today.
A statement from Joyce’s office notes: “Criminal elements are increasingly using the internet to gain access to personal information, steal business’ intellectual property, undermine critical services and gain knowledge of sensitive government-held information for financial or other malicious purposes.
“New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy is the government’s strategic response to the growing cyber threat. It brings forward targeted initiatives aimed at improving cyber security for individuals, businesses, critical national infrastructure and government.
The statement continues: “The Government will work in partnership with critical national infrastructure providers and other businesses to help them address evolving cyber threats.
“The Government will also establish a National Cyber Security Centre to help protect government agencies from sophisticated cyber attacks.”
Full details of the Cyber Security Strategy can be found on the Ministry of Economic Development website.