Story image

Govt CIO calls on Kiwi firms to join security push

12 Jun 2014

Government Chief Information Officer Colin MacDonald has tendered for more suppliers to join a professional security services panel to help agencies manage privacy and security issues effectively.

Set up in October last year, the open panel of 21 New Zealand and global companies is accredited to supply a range of security services to government agencies, who select the services they require.

“Agencies can use the panel to obtain external expertise and advice on the strength and suitability of their ICT security processes, or to test the security of their ICT systems,” adds Tim Occleshaw, Chief Technology Officer, Government.

The open panel is being retendered regularly to give companies on the panel the opportunity to meet the criteria for more services, and to allow other companies to join the panel.

Services available include risk management (including privacy risk management advice), privacy impact assessments, security consulting and review, network and application testing, and certification and assurance.

“The panel is part of an ongoing programme of work to ensure government agencies are continually lifting privacy and security standards," Occleshaw adds.

"It also supports initiatives to improve information management in government, outlined in the Government ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017."

The panel is mandatory for public and non-public service departments and is available to other State services. So far, nine agencies are using the panel and another 11 have committed to do so.

“We expect that uptake will increase each year as agencies transition from their existing arrangements to this panel," Occleshaw concludes.

Yamaha unveils simplified UC deployments
"In this fast-paced world, meeting participants need to be able to feel comfortable and hear those on the far end clearly to brainstorm new ideas and accomplish goals."
French cloud giant sets up shop in two APAC data centres
OVH Infrastructure has expanded its public cloud services in the Asia Pacific (APAC) market operating from two data centres within the region.
Jobs of the future: Will humans outmatch AI co-workers
"Regardless of how the workforce changes, automation, data and algorithms will complement rather than replace human employees."
How IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat could impact your business
The acquisition is pending regulatory approval, but IBM expects the deal to close in the second half of 2019. 
SecOps: Clear opportunities for powerful collaboration
If there’s one thing security and IT ops professionals should do this year, the words ‘team up’ should be top priority.
Google doubles down on hybrid cloud strategy
CSP is a platform that aims to simplify building, running, and managing services both on-premise and in the cloud.
Why NSP adoption of ECX Fabric is on the rise
ECX Fabric aims to enable networks to streamline their access to the world’s largest cloud providers.
Cloud data warehouse trends and best practices
"TDWI sees a wide range of data-driven IT systems moving to the cloud aggressively, and this includes the data warehouse."