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Cyber emergency team to launch in April

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/03/2017

A Cyber Emergency Response Team securing the safety of Kiwis online will be up and running next month, Communications Minister Simon Bridges says.

The $22 million CERT was the first goal set out in a national action plan targeting cybercrime released in December 2015.

"CERT NZ will open its doors next month as the central place for New Zealanders, businesses and government agencies to report cyber incidents," Mr Bridges said.

"It will provide trusted and authoritative advice on preventing cyber threats and responding to incidents and will work with CERTS in other countries on incidents that have cross-border implications."

The first annual report on the action plan has also revealed New Zealand police are considering participating in international cybercrime units including the European Cybercrime Centre in Europol and the International Cybercrime Co-ordination Cell with the FBI.

Mr Bridges said the country was making good progress on improving cyber security but the threat was rapidly evolving and it was important not to become complacent.

When funding for the CERT was announced in May last year then communications minister Amy Adams said cybercrime cost New Zealanders more than $250 million in 2015 while NetSafe reported 25 attacks a day.

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