Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

New Zealand’s First Online Security Day

Internet Safety Group (ISG)
Media Release
28 November 2005

New Zealand’s First Online Security Day

The Internet Safety Group (ISG) today announced 30 November as New Zealand Online Security Day to coincide with the international Computer Security Day.

The ISG proposes that this day (30 November), be celebrated every year to help keep New Zealanders informed about the latest online security threats and the best strategies for minimising those risks.

This year, New Zealand Online Security Day falls in the second month of the Internet Safety Group’s Net Basics campaign to educate New Zealanders about online security and how to protect their computers from information theft.

The ‘Net Basics’ campaign emphasises the importance of straightforward, regular maintenance of a computer to keep personal information secure. The campaign slogan: “WOF your computer” uses the analogy of a Warrant of Fitness for a car, encouraging regular computer maintenance, knowledge of the Internet’s ‘road-rules’ and how to operate safely on the information superhighway.

Doing the Net Basics includes regularly updating a computer’s operating system as well as installing and updating anti-virus software and a firewall. Additional campaign messages cover the importance of spyware detection and strong passwords.

The campaign, supported by the Government’s Digital Strategy, encourages people to visit the NetSafe website for information about online security (www.netsafe.org.nz) and was sponsored by Westpac, Symantec and seven government agencies (Ministry of Justice, State Services Commission, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Education, Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection, Ministry of Economic Development and Department of Internal Affairs).

Liz Butterfield, Executive Director for the Internet Safety Group says, “It is important to have one day each year when we can focus on the issue of online security. With the growing popularity of online activities, and the growing sophistication of attacks, we must all get a minimum of security in place. No one can be complacent any longer.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

ScoopPro: Helping The Education Sector Get More Out Of Scoop

The ScoopPro professional license includes a suite of useful information tools for professional users of Scoop including some specifically for those in the education sector to make your Scoop experience better. More>>

Big Tax Bill Due: Destiny Church Charities Deregistered

The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register on 20 December 2017 because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations. More>>

57 Million Users' Data: Uber Breach "Utterly Preventatable"

Cybersecurity leader Centrify says the Uber data breach of 57 million customer and driver records - which the ride-hailing company hid for more than a year - was “utterly preventable”. More>>

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

Having A Cow? Dairy Product Prices Slide For Fourth Straight Auction

Dairy product prices fell at the Global Dairy Trade auction, retreating for the fourth straight auction amid signs of increased production... Whole milk powder fell 2.7 percent to US$2,778 a tonne. More>>

ALSO:

Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>

ALSO: