CERT NZ named as PaCSON chair


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The inaugural chair of the Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network (PaCSON) will be CERT NZ.

PaCSON is a network of CERTs and other cybersecurity response officials from 14 Pacific nations.

“Being voted the first chair of the PaCSON Executive Committee is an enormous honour for CERT NZ,” said Jamison Johnson, Principal Advisor, CERT NZ and PaCSON representative.

“As one of the newer cybersecurity response teams in the region, it’s a great opportunity to work alongside and support our Pacific colleagues. Other members of the executive committee include Tonga as Deputy Chair and Samoa as Incoming Chair.”

The PaCSON network initially comprises Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

“CERT NZ is focused on being open and transparent with New Zealanders about the impact of cyber threats on our country, and the measures that we can all take to stay safe online,” said Johnson.

“We’re pleased to be able to expand this role more broadly into the Pacific, and share our understanding of the threat landscape with other nations.

“New Zealand and the nations of the Pacific have always shared a close bond. PaCSON gives us an opportunity to work together to improve the cybersecurity not only in our own countries, but more broadly as a collective.”

As technological advances and greater connectivity give Pacific nations more access to the internet, cybersecurity challenges will only increase. Using New Zealand’s knowledge of, and access to, the global information security community, CERT NZ will play an important role in sharing knowledge between countries.

CERT NZ is New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team and supports businesses, organisations and individuals who are affected (or may be affected) by cybersecurity incidents.

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