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NZ finally updates its cybersecurity strategy, so where's Australia's?

July 02, 2019 / Kacy Zurkus

The New Zealand government has made good on its 2018 promise to refresh its national cybersecurity strategy and action plan, at least in part. The Cyber Security Strategy 2019 was published on Tuesday, but it's a brief document. Five of its 17 pages are the covers, copyright notices, glossary, and a generic internet-good cybers-bad foreword by the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi. Another page is lost to a generic "Cyber threats by the numbers" infographic, and the rest is pretty generic too. "This strategy has a vision that New Zealand is confident and secure in the digital world -- it is about enabling New Zealand to thrive online," begins a section titled "Our vision". "We want New Zealanders to make the most of the opportunities provided by an increasingly connected world, without suffering harm or loss." Lovely words, but what do they mean? The "guiding principles" include such no-brainers...