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NZTech Inform – Online Security More Important Than Ever

This week is New Zealand Cyber Smart Week and we’ve partnered with CERT to help raise awareness. Are you secure online? Make sure of it! is the 2019 theme and it’s a timely reminder we are all vulnerable to cyber attack. No one is immune and it’s especially important to help friends and family who are new to tech. We can all benefit from self-assessment and this cyber safety quiz is a great place to start. While there’s no sure fire way to prevent a cyber attack, check out Cyber Smart’s tips to help keep your personal information safe including;

  • back up your data
  • keep your operating system up to date
  • install antivirus software
  • choose unique passwords
  • set up two-factor authentication (2FA)
  • use creative recovery answers
  • be cautious of free WiFi networks
  • be smart with social media
  • don’t give out personal information
  • check bank statements regularly
  • get a regular credit check to alert you to misuse.

If you’re a business owner, there’s a lot to consider like protecting your data, your network, and your customer information. Follow these top tips to help keep your business safe online.

Meanwhile, cyber attacks are costing New Zealand millions of dollars and we will be examining the issue more closely this week at our annual summit. I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday in Wellington for both the Cyber Security Summit and the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit.  

Also in Wellington this week, on Thursday evening is the 2019 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards. This year’s finalists have continued to deliver world class examples of how using geospatial technology is delivering tangible benefits and increasing productivity for New Zealand.

My week also includes meetings with Minister Faafoi to discuss his Government digital services portfolio (including digital identity and cyber security) and New Zealand First’s Clayton Mitchell about R&D tax credits and tech as an economic development opportunity.

Have a great week.

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller


Tech Marketers next meet on 16 October in Auckland and Wellington. Join Canterbury Tech on 5 November for Scaling Tech Business and Digital Marketing.

Meet the Chasm Institute’s Mark Cavender at NZSA on 11-12 November in Auckland for Escape Velocity and 12 November for Crossing the Chasm

Discover how AI is transforming agriculture at the AI Forum’s launch of AI for Agriculture in New Zealand Report on 29 October in Christchurch.


Meet Flying Kiwis and young achievers.  Attend the NZ Hi-Tech Awards alumni event on 27 November in Auckland.  Also, 3 December in Wellington and 4 December in Christchurch.

Attend #cprize2019 entry information events on 21, 22, 23 October in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.  Attend the Xero Small Business Roadshow now touring until 5 December.

Access your 10 percent member discount for Advancing Digital IT and Law, 25-26 November and  Advancing Women in Technical Industries and  Roles, 25 November, both in Auckland.


Nominations for the AI Forum Executive Council close on Thursday.  Please register to attend the Annual Meeting on 14 November (members only).

Missed the recent IoT conference?  View the highlights here. In BioTech news, pioneering biotechnology could help save pets lives!

Have you joined the free online platform Scale-Up New Zealand? Explore Powered by Place, the new agritech story. Watch our interviews with #TechWomenNZ here.

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