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8:00 am, December 13th, 2015 - 24 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, capitalism, Deep stuff, john key, national, Privatisation, same old national, Spying, telecommunications - Tags: amy adams, chris finlayson, GCSB
OK I’m no tech head or tinfoil hat wearer, but my woop-woop went off with this one. From renowned tech expert Minister Amy Adams comes a huge new cyber security strategy fresh out of Parliament this week. She has also launched out of the blue a public-private partnership “to ensure New Zealanders remain safe online.” It’s called CERT.
Did anyone see the bid out on Tenderlink? I must have missed it.
The Government and private sector need to work together on cyber security. The private and public sectors must find ways to share information and expertise to address cyber security risks and this strategy relies on a close and active public-private partnership to ensure New Zealanders remain safe online.”
From the degree of freedom I feel on line from the legislation that they have already passed two years ago, this doesn’t make me feel safer. It feels like the digital version of Serco.
The release says:
A key action in the new strategy is the development of a national CERT to reduce harm from cyber security incidents and improve New Zealand’s ability to deal with attacks. The CERT will act as a single entry point for organisations or individuals needing assistance, and provide information to businesses, including small and medium enterprises, government and individuals so they can protect themselves from cyber threats.”
So what the hell does the GCSB do then? If the state already runs entities that assist businesses – for example all the Crown Research Institutes – why does it seek to partially privatize what should be a core state security service before it even begins? This smells like a major IT company who’s just sold the government some huge gig it “couldn’t refuse”.
Amy then says:
New Zealand’s key international partners each have a national CERT of some form, and creation of our national CERT brings us into alignment.”
Don’t tell me – the international benchmarking was all to Five Eyes members, and only they saw the contractors’ shortlist. Any time you want to demonstrate some actual need for this private GCSB Amy …
The Cyber Security Strategy contains four areas of work:
And for all of you who want to dust off your protest placards again, Ms Adams also announced New Zealand will host its first ever Cyber Security Summit in the first half of 2016 in Auckland. Maybe it’s time to hold an alternative conference, hosted by Justice Thomas, and some people with some actual constitutional weight?
Plus, why is a lightweight like Amy launching this, when it’s the portfolio purview of Finlayson and the Prime Minister? This is completely incoherent.
The Cyber Security Strategy can be found here:
Ladies and gentlemen, read away, then start your keyboards…