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Cyber resilience
NZ’s Cyber Resilience Framework to be evolving and potentially automated
August 2022
The government's already putting $2.4 million into the Cyber Resilience Framework in its initial stages, what is it and why is it important?
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Cybersecurity
CERT NZ helps open source community with upgrade of Samba
July 2022
A collaboration between CERT NZ, Catalyst and the open source community has created a major update for Samba, making it more secure.
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Cybersecurity
Could New Zealanders initiate a cyber attack from within?
May 2022
The threat landscape is significantly increasing worldwide, and the opportunities it presents are a growing concern in Aotearoa.
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Ransomware
CERT NZ releases first Cyber Security Insights for 2022
May 2022
CERT NZ has released Quarter One: Cyber Security Insights 2022, which offers an overview of reports about cybersecurity incidents affecting New Zealanders.
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Cybersecurity
NCSC advisory highlights poor security configurations
May 2022
The GCSB's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released a cyber security advisory identifying commonly exploited controls and practices.
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Cybersecurity
How prepared is Aotearoa for a major cybersecurity breach?
April 2022
Because of the digital world we now live in, the risk of cyber attacks means that geography is no longer enough to distance ourselves from tensions overseas.
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Phishing
COVID-19 and cybersecurity: Technology and risk in Aotearoa
March 2022
As New Zealand adapts to living with COVID-19, they are also having to deal with an increasing number of life-altering technologies, all of which have a substantial risk of creating cybersecurity issues for the public.
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Cybersecurity
How safe is New Zealand’s disabled community online?
March 2022
According to the Office for Disability Issues (ODI), those with disabilities account for 25% of Aotearoa's population, so what are we doing to ensure the safety of this community online?
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Firewall
Log4j actively exploited, serious complications can occur according to CERT NZ
December 2021
The widely-used java logging library, log4j, has been actively exploited, according to an update from CERT NZ and Catalyst.
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Malware
Flubot malware, botnets, phishing round out top security issues plaguing Kiwis in Q3
December 2021
Malware and scams continue to plague thousands of New Zealanders, laying $3.3 million to waste in just three months.
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Phishing
Cybersecurity experts urge caution as phishing attacks surge
November 2021
Phishing was one of the highest incident categories from October to December last year.
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CERT NZ
It's Fraud Awareness Week: How you can steer clear of scams and fraud
November 2021
"If you control the amount of information you release, you can reduce the chance of someone stealing your identity.”
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Cybersecurity
What is NZ’s Cyber Security Emergency Response Plan?
November 2021
The Cyber Security Emergency Response Plan (CSERP) is the framework that the government will use in the event of a cyber-emergency.
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Cybersecurity
Cyber Smart Week takes cybersecurity back to basics
October 2021
Cyber Smart Week is a timely reminder that even small changes can make a big difference.
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Cybersecurity
The who’s who of NZ’s government & public cybersecurity agencies
September 2021
With every new technology-enabled path we forge, we must also defend ourselves from cyber threats and exploitation. Here we take a look at some of Aotearoa's main cyber defenders.
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CERT NZ
Ransomware, crypto scams & brute-forced passwords: Highlights from CERT NZ's Q2 report
September 2021
The number of cybersecurity incidents in the second quarter of 2021 has risen to more than 1,350, accounting for $3.9 million in direct financial losses.
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Cybersecurity
Only half of IT security teams optimally prepared for a security incident
August 2021
"The security gaps in the case of outdated software at 65% of companies should also give pause for thought."
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CERT NZ
CERT NZ urges businesses to disable Remote Desktop Protocol due to cyber risks
August 2021
According to CERT NZ, most ransomware attacks can be traced back, in part, to poorly configured remote access systems.
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Passwords
No more 'pawswords': Why pet names shouldn't unlock your online accounts
April 2021
Jingles. Bubbles. Arlo. Frankie. Buttercup. They're all terrible password choices.
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Microsoft
Security alert: Widespread exploitation on Microsoft Exchange
March 2021
According to an advisory from CERT NZ, widespread exploitation activity has already occurred as a result of the vulnerabilities within the Microsoft Exchange.
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Cybersecurity
DDoS campaigns, BEC scams & Emotet: CERT NZ reports top security threats
November 2020
It has been yet another tumultuous quarter for New Zealanders and their wallets, with almost $6.4 million in reported financial losses due to cybersecurity incidents.
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Malware
Emotet malware is on a rampage after months of silence
September 2020
CERT agencies around the world are reporting a surge in cyber attacks related to the Emotet malware, which is being distributed by email.
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Cybersecurity
CERT NZ: Kiwis lose $7.8m to cyber attacks; incident reports soar
August 2020
“The increase on reporting and reduction in financial loss could mean that New Zealanders are developing a heightened awareness of cybersecurity threats as we’ve become more dependent on digital services.” 
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Firewall
CERT NZ provides threat intelligence for InternetNZ's DNS Firewall
August 2020
"It’s important to InternetNZ to keep adding intelligence to Defenz to make sure our customers are protected from known security threats."