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 ( 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.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Hospitality NZ: Hospitality Wages Jump 9% To Pass Living Wage
Wages and salaries across the hospitality sector continue to increase despite businesses having to battle through some of the toughest trading periods in living memory... More>>

Climate Leaders Coalition: Launches New Statement Of Ambition, Appoints New CEO Convenor

The Climate Leaders Coalition is tonight officially launching a new Statement of Ambition to accelerate business action on climate change... More>>

Retail: New Law Paves Way For Greater Supermarket Competition

Legislation that bans major supermarkets from blocking their competitors’ access to land to set up new stores paves the way for greater competition in the sector, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>

Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>
Entrust District: Dividend Will Be Welcomed After Another Tough Year
We’ve all heard of the saying; “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” but for Aucklanders within the Entrust District, getting their share of Entrust’s 2022 annual dividend payment really is as good as it sounds... More>>