NZ pledges $10 m to boost cybersecurity in the Pacific

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

NZ pledges $10 m to boost cybersecurity in the Pacific

The New Zealand (NZ) Government is set to provide NZ$10 million over five years to help Pacific countries develop national cybersecurity strategies, secure infrastructure and data, enhance online safety and implement robust cybercrime laws.

They will also create a Pacific Partnership Advisor role within the country’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) to support the initiative.

NZ Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters, who announced the move last Friday with Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Kris Faafoi, said improved connectivity in the region is putting Pacific countries at increased risk of cybersecurity threats.

Peters hopes the move will support their “Pacific neighbours to provide a safe, secure online environment for their citizens and to maximise the benefits of a free and open internet while minimising cybersecurity risks”.

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