Growing evidence shows that the downside of super-fast connectivity and ultra-fast broadband is producing an equivalent lift in cyber-attacks, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.
Muller, just back from the multinational Global Tech Leaders Dialogue in Melbourne yesterday, says many nations involved in the forum confirmed increasing cyber-attacks along with faster connections.
Last week, at the annual NZTech strategy day, the NZTech Board confirmed the continuation of the NZTech Strategy which is to connect tech firms and communities so that we can build scale, ensuring technology has a strong voice in New Zealand. With this growing voice we aim to promote the importance of technology and the tech sector, and how New Zealand is a leading digital nation. Our advocacy work underpins this, focussing on helping the economy and tech sector grow.
Leading New Zealand business executives gathered in Wellington yesterday to discuss ways to tackle the growing threat that is cybercrime in the workplace.
With 825,000 New Zealanders falling victim to cybercrime in the past 12 months, NZ Tech’s Graeme Muller says it’s more “rampant” than ever.
Bringing together a gathering of industry, government, academics and experts in the cyber security space, this year the Summit seeks to progress the conversation and position cyber security matters at the forefront of leadership strategy across the country. The Summit is a multi-stakeholder event to encourage active engagement against cyber-attacks through education and collaboration.
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Last week at #uLearn16, the largest teacher development conference in New Zealand, I challenged Kiwi teachers to consider the world their students will enter when they leave school. It was a fantastic event, huge, with thousands of teachers. I reiterated across multiple presentations that our kids must be creators, not simply users of tech, that digital technologies and coding will be critical skills for almost all jobs, not just in the tech sector. I managed to squeeze in seven media interviews including quite a long chat on RadioNZ about how tech is fast changing and why we must evolve the education system now, before it is too late. The teachers at uLearn were already interested in change and how to do the best for their students. Reaching the remaining 30,000 will be a challenge but you can help. Whenever the opportunity presents, make sure you express how important this is for New Zealand. Tell a teacher, tell a parent or tell the media. The more noise the better.
This week, I will be in Wellington, for a day long workshop with MBIE on their Digital Economy work programmes and back again on Thursday to host our quarterly catch up with the technology strategy leads from the many regional economic development agencies. The focus of this meeting is collaborating on the delivery of a nationally coordinated Techweek next May. I can’t wait to share more about Techweek in the coming weeks as it comes together.
Have a great week
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Congratulations to Christchurch based ARANZ Medical, global award winners last week in Brasilia! Meanwhile, $2m is available in the third round of Unlocking Curious Minds. Applications close 10 November.
First there was Peter Beck, then there was… the 2016 NZ Rocketry Challenge for year 7 and 8 students to design, build launch and recover their own rockets. Finals to be held on 12 November at Ambury Park in Auckland.
NZTech’s new government and member relations director Andrea Hancox says New Zealand needs to protect its economy and livelihood as a nation by bringing cybersecurity to the forefront of leaders at top executive levels.
Understanding the multi-dimensional nature of cyber threats and key issues that government and private sector need to address is crucial for the country and key issues will be discussed at NZTech’s Advance Security Summit in Wellington on October 17, Hancox says.
Most New Zealand companies and organisations are not aware of the probability of and real cost of cyber security breaches, a New Zealand tech expert says.