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Cybersecurity
NCSC advisory highlights poor security configurations
The GCSB's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released a cyber security advisory identifying commonly exploited controls and practices.
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Dark web
The dark web in Aotearoa: Is it as bad as we think?
Encountering the term 'dark web' might bring thoughts of criminal activity and harmful behaviour to mind, but what exactly is it, and is it all bad?
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Endpoint Protection
Advantage offers increased benefits with NCSC partnership
Advantage has announced that it has partnered with the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC’s) Malware Free Networks (MFN) service.
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Microsoft
GCSB urges key businesses to expect cyber attacks, protect supply chains
The GCSB is urging New Zealand's critical businesses to stay alert in the face of increasing cyber threats, which can put nationally significant infrastructure in danger.
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Cybersecurity
GCSB updates NZISM for first time since September 2020
The New Zealand Information Security Manual (NZISM) has released important information in its latest update, Version 3.5.
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Cybersecurity
NCSC joins data breach service in government programme
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has become part of the data breach service Have I Been Pwned’s (HIBP) government programme.
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Mobile Security
Mobile madness: Unpacking the business and personal risks of digital mobile in Aotearoa
Should Kiwis practice better smartphone security, and are they one swipe or tap away from a colossal data breach?
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Malware
NCSC expands Malware Free Networks service to NZ cybersecurity providers
“Already with an initial customer trial of MFN up to this point we are achieving real impact," says GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton.
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Cybersecurity
Does New Zealand have a chief information security officer?
What’s the equivalent role in the government? Who holds it? And how does the position help protect New Zealand’s digital integrity? 
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Cybersecurity
The who’s who of NZ’s government & public cybersecurity agencies
With every new technology-enabled path we forge, we must also defend ourselves from cyber threats and exploitation. Here we take a look at some of Aotearoa's main cyber defenders.
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Education
GCSB names recipients of Women in STEM scholarships
The recipients each receive a $10,000 scholarship grant to support their STEM-related career path with the GCSB in fields such as computer science, engineering, and technical analysis.
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5G
Spark picks Samsung as partner to roll out 5G in NZ
Spark and Samsung have been working on network innovation since last year, starting with 5G trials throughout the country.
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5G
Huawei NZ aims to quell the scandalous rumours
"We know the rumours, gossip and innuendo about us," Huawei says.
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Cybersecurity
GCSB outlines cyber resilience tips for NZ businesses
Governance, investment, readiness, and supply chain: The four key areas for good practice in cybersecurity, according to the GCSB.
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Malware
Online attackers abusing Kiwis' generosity in wake of Chch tragedy
It doesn’t take some people long to abuse people’s kindness and generosity in a time of mourning.
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Surveillance
GCSB welcomes Inspector-General's report on intelligence warrants
Intelligence warrants can include surveillance, private communications interception, searches of physical places and things, and the seizure of communications, information and things.
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Cloud
Report finds GCSB in compliance with NZ rights
The Inspector-General has given the GCSB its compliance tick of approval for the fourth year in a row.
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5G
Huawei seeks urgent meeting with Govt about Spark 5G ban saga
“There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by Huawei presented and we strongly reject the notion that our business threatens New Zealand in any way."
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GCSB
Huawei & Spark get slugged again: GCSB terminates proposed 5G network plans
This afternoon the GCSB denied Spark’s proposal to deploy Huawei 5G equipment across its future Radio Access Network.
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Women in Technology
GCSB names Women in STEM scholarship winners
"The initiative came about after I had the agency undertake some intelligence on itself to see if our workforce was sufficiently diverse and inclusive to support our mission.”
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GCSB
GCSB's CORTEX project scoops iSANZ Award
“I believe this award is particularly significant as it is acknowledgement from our peers in the information security industry and from across the private sector."
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Cloud
GCSB report: NZ firms lack CISOs, human investment
More than 80% of New Zealand’s nationally significant organisations don’t have a dedicated chief information security officer (CISO), a benchmark report from the GCSB and NCSC has found.
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Cloud
GCSB exposes Russia's involvement in malicious cyber attacks
“Such behaviour is unacceptable – it is counter to New Zealand’s vision for an open, safe and secure cyberspace," comments GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton.
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Deloitte
GCSB recognised for 'building trust & confidence' at IPANZ Awards
“I hope this award helps to further demonstrate a significant turnaround in how the work of the Bureau is perceived and I am hugely proud of that."