The government new Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) has its first employee - Jay Garden has been appointed as its manager.
The CCIP will be run out of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and will be "dedicated to providing advice and support to protect New Zealand's critical infrastructure from cyber threats" according to the brief from the minister for state services, Trevor Mallard.
Garden has been with the GCSB for nearly seven years, most recently as manager of the information system security assessments unit. He has an honours degree in information science from the University of Otago.
He was part of the group of experts called together to assess New Zealand's critical infrastructure for the state services commission which produced the report (Protecting New Zealand's Infrastructure From Cyber-Threats) that called for the formation of the CCIP.
The CCIP will officially start work in April and will comprise a team of eight people, including Garden.