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NZITF backs Cyber Smart Week awareness campaign

Campbell GardinerCampbell Gardiner

For the second year running, the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) is lending its support as an official supporting partner of Cyber Smart Week.

Cyber Smart Week is organised and run by the government’s computer emergency response team CERT NZ. This year, the campaign runs between 8 - 12 October.

NZITF Chair Barry Brailey says most people use the Internet on a daily basis, connecting through smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Most consider the Internet a safe environment, but it’s only as safe as you make it.

“Cyber security is a complex, multifaceted and always-changing area. Cyberattacks, hacks and security breaches happen regularly and are no longer an exception.” User behaviour matters, he says.

“It’s not always easy communicating how people can stay safe and secure online. CERT NZ has done an excellent job of reducing the complexity of cyber security into clear and easy-to-explain messages, visual aids and calls to action.”

Among the week’s campaign tips are to create unique passwords for your online accounts, add two-factor authentication to your logins, update your apps, and check how much of your online self you’re sharing (and who with).

NZITF is right behind Cyber Smart Week. It has an important role to play in raising broader public awareness of cyber security, and changing attitudes and online safety / security behaviours.

Find out more about how to protect yourself online this Cyber Smart Week at:
https://www.cert.govt.nz/cybersmart