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​Will $22 million cybersecurity provide a platform for Kiwi business growth and innovation?

​Will $22 million cybersecurity provide a platform for Kiwi business growth and innovation?

Budget 2016 has allocated $22.2 million to establish a national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help business understand and respond to cyber threats.

Budget 2016 has allocated $22.2 million to establish a national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help business understand and respond to cyber threats.

But more than just a response to risk, cybersecurity should be seen as a platform for business growth and innovation in New Zealand, according to Deloitte.

Deloitte partner and national cybersecurity leader Anu Nayar says the funding to establish the CERT represents a “major development” for New Zealand because it delivers a strong message by government on the importance of cyber resilience for our country.

“We welcome this commitment as it provides the much needed investment to build a platform for collaboration, intelligence sharing and effective response to the cyber-attacks that affect our nation - all of which are crucial to helping Kiwis and our businesses be secure, vigilant and resilient,” Nayar says.

“However, the CERT and government can only do so much. As our lives become increasingly digital, many of the major priorities for New Zealanders are reliant on a healthy, safe and secure cyberspace.”

Nayar says statistics from Connect Smart show that 96 percent of Kiwi businesses rely on the internet and technology for day to day activities, with estimates claiming New Zealand could add a further $34 billion to its economy through more effective internet usage.

“As a nation, we need to build off of the foundations we already have,” he says. “We need to continue to develop a diverse and sustainable pool of cyber talent; blending policy, law, business, psychology and technical skills.

“We need to harness our creativity to incubate and develop innovative solutions.

"And most importantly, we need to embed a lasting shift to the way we think about cyber so that we move beyond the traditional modes of only viewing it as a risk, or a problem that we can finitely solve.

“Instead, we should recognise cyber as a required ongoing capability of the world we now live in and embrace it as a platform for growth.”

For Nayar, the Budget 2016 allocation represents more than the establishment of the CERT.

“It echoes our perspective that as a nation we recognise and are investing in cyber resilience as being at the heart of powering our future economic growth and the ongoing wellbeing of our people,” he adds.

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