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Cyber Policy Office seeks NZ private sector input

Cyber Policy Office seeks NZ private sector input

Feedback sought ahead of strategy refresh

The National Cyber Policy Office is seeking input to its refresh of the national cyber security strategy, following a series of workshops on the possible vision, principles, and goals for the new roadmap.

According to the office, the key concepts from the workshops, meetings, and research will be used to prepare the framework for a draft strategy and action plan.

"We will be engaging with Connect Smart partners and broader elements of the community to seek feedback on this framework and to develop possible initiatives throughout July and early August," the office stated.

"If you would like to help us prioritise the key concepts from the workshops; or would like to share more ideas with us: then please take 5-10 minutes to record your views through the Cyber Security Strategy feedback form on the Connect Smart website.

"Your insights will help us to understand what’s important for a refreshed New Zealand Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan."

Connect Smart is a partnership between Government, the private and NGO [non-governmental organisation] sectors to raise awareness of cyber security issues and promote ways businesses and individuals can protect themselves online.

The current Cyber Security Strategy, Action Plan, and a National Plan to Address Cybercrime, were released in December 2015.

The details of the refresh were released by the minister of broadcasting, communications and digital media, Clare Curran, in April.

Curran said she would like to explore innovative models to achieve strong cyber security collaboration between the government and the private sector and non-government organisations.

"A structured approach to ensuring private sector engagement with the government's work (and vice versa) might be one option for consideration,” she said. "This could include considering models such as advisory boards or a cyber security council.

"It may help us to get the right level of engagement with the private sector on cyber security - a challenge which our international partners also face."

The refresh is to involve a broad range of agencies, consultation with the private sector and non-government organisations, and analysis of international best practice.

Furthermore, it is to assess institutional arrangements for cyber security, alongside collaboration with the private sector and efforts to address cybercrime.

Delving deeper, other assessments include system-wide leadership on government information security, international cyber cooperation and responses to opportunities to grow the cyber security sector, and the security challenges of emerging technology.

The NCPO was established in 2012 to lead the development of cyber security policy advice and provide advice to the government on investing in cyber security activities.

In addition, the organisation also conducts outreach with the private sector on cyber security policy, and leads New Zealand's international engagement on cyber security policy (with MFAT), reporting to Curran on cyber security policy matters.

(Reporting by Stuart Corner, Computerworld New Zealand)


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