The Government’s Budget 2018 will inject an extra $3.9 million for New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) over the next four years. The funding will allow CERT NZ to continue responding to major cyber threats and help New Zealanders through cyber incidents.
Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran says New Zealand’s ability to respond to major cyber events and provide cyber threat intelligence is being boosted this year, starting with the extra funding for CERT NZ.
“CERT was established just over a year ago. The new funding means it can continue to respond to major cyber events and provide advice to businesses, organisations and individuals who may be affected by cyber security incidents,” Curran says.
She states that New Zealand is dealing with a range of threats including data theft, denial-of-service attacks and disruptive malware, all of which are coming from a range of threat actors such as organised criminal groups and ‘vigilante