A group of Canterbury technology companies, in collaboration with the University of Canterbury, is proposing to establish a specialist laboratory to boost the quality of local e-security products and training in the field.
The idea is for users to pay on a usage basis for testing and research, says project spokesman Joseph Rousseau.
The plan follows an Industry New Zealand-assisted scoping study of electronic security problems in March this year.
The lab would have three primary missions, identified as high priority by focus groups of business and academia, says Rousseau. The first is assisting New Zealand developers of e-security products through the commercialisation phase.
Second, the lab would independently test the security and trustworthiness of ICT systems, both for user organisations and their suppliers.
The third mission is to encourage a high standard of university research and teaching capability in the field.
Rousseau was talking to delegates and distributing flyers at last week’s Govis conference for government information systems managers. He was asking delegates what they would consider a reasonable charge for various kinds of service.