National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to be established at MBIE

On: 5 May 2016

The Government is investing 22.2 million from Budget 2016 to set up a new national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT will be responsible for monitoring, tracking and advising on cyber security incidents or attacks affecting New Zealand. The national CERT will be solely dedicated to cyber security and will be the central component of New Zealand’s cyber security architecture.

New Zealand’s national CERT will also work closely with other international teams to manage serious cyber threats, providing advice for New Zealand business, organisations and individuals on how to respond to global attacks.

Establishing a national CERT is core priority outlined in the Government’s Cyber Security Action Plan, which was launched in December 2015.

The CERT will initially be set up as part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is expected to be in operation in the first quarter of 2017. The CERT will work closely with the private sector, and with government agencies, such as the Police, Department of Internal Affairs, and the GCSB.

Communications Minister Amy Adams has called for nominations to create an Advisory Board to provide advice on the establishment, ongoing operation and longer-term organisational form of the CERT. The Board will have up to nine members, made up from a mix of cyber security experts from the private and public sectors. It will provide advice on the establishment, operation and longer-term organisational form of the CERT and the transition to this structure. The Board is also expected to build strong links with the key customers of the CERT.

The government has a key role to play in cyber security. However the Government cannot do this alone because cyberspace is an area where individuals, companies, organisations and Government all operate.

Public-private sector partnerships will be essential to improving New Zealand’s cyber security architecture. The CERT presents a truly collaborative opportunity to ensure New Zealand is a secure place to do business and store data.
Nomination details and process are available online at www.connectsmart.govt.nz.

More information:

Read Minister Adam’s press release

New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan [PDF 1MB]

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