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Did you know that the average direct financial loss from cyber incidents reported to CERT NZ is now over $5 million dollars! The true cost is estimated to be even higher for the economy, with a recent Netsafe report indicating that cyberbullying costs the economy NZ$1b and online fraud over $470m.
Cyber security and online fraud continue to be critical issues that NZTech members are collaboratively addressing. At our 10th Annual NZTech Cyber Security Summit we will be exploring the role of AI in cyber attacks, how US intelligence is tackling cyber threats, plus updates from the Privacy Commissioner and the new, yet to be announced Minister. We also have a special 10th Anniversary offer on a limited number of $299 pre-sale tickets.
Meanwhile, Cyber Smart Week is back and is raising awareness of the importance of being secure online. This year’s campaign is called Exposed and features larger-than-life stories of real people. These New Zealanders are sharing their stories to highlight the impacts and encourage others to protect themselves online, saving them from the same trauma.
This week also marks the official public launch of a new programme, Own Your Online. The new website is aimed at individuals and businesses and explains common cyber threats and provides practical cyber security advice to help Kiwis create their own defences.
On Wednesday, I’m attending the graduation ceremony for the HCLTech Rise programme. It’s a great local initiative to provide new pathways into tech roles for youth in the Waikato region.
I’m looking forward to meeting some of the graduates and hearing their stories.
Read full news here: Own your online | Don’t expose your life online