Education, CSIRTs and disruption - some stimulating content

Andrew CushenA blog post by Andrew Cushen - 9 November 2015

Welcome to the start of the week all!

One of the things I love about this job is that I get to see so much excellent and exciting stuff about the Internet and its uses, potential and challenges. Recently, a few pieces of content that are particularly relevant have washed past me - so, I thought I would share them with you, dear members.

I’ve also posed a few questions for you, our members, on each of these to stimulate some conversation - jump onto the PAG list if you’d like to, and if you’re not a PAG list member contact me on and I’ll add you.

To the content!

Firstly, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have released a white paper on The Tech Education Challenge in New Zealand. It doesn’t seem to be online from HPE itself, but you can see it on the NZ Tech site here (it’s a PDF):

The Tech Education Challenge in New Zealand

This is a pretty challenging document that strongly suggests that New Zealand has a big issue in educating our people to make the most of technology and the Internet, and that urgent action is needed. To quote:

“Until meaningful progress has been made in all these areas, New Zealand will struggle to produce skilled workers able to meet current demand, let alone demand from tomorrow’s digital enterprises.”

What do you think? How should we go about meeting the challenge of ensuring that New Zealanders are capable of using technology and the Internet effectively?

Secondly, the New Zealand Herald’s article on Security threats to New Zealand nicely highlights why it is so very important for us all to start working on a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) - numbers two and three on the list are particularly relevant in this regard. The article is here:

Key's response on threats facing NZ

Luckily, the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) is onto it - you can see their work here:


NZITF is looking for sponsors for this idea now. If you know of an organisation that wants to help improve New Zealand’s posture on Internet Security, get in touch, or are otherwise keen to help, let me know -

And thirdly, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) has partnered with the Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and Australia to produce a report called Disruptive Technologies: Risks, Opportunities - Can New Zealand Make the Most of Them. You can find it here:

Disruptive Technologies: Risks, Opportunities - Can New Zealand Make the Most of Them

It’s a great, optimistic and again challenging read about what New Zealand can do to make the most of technological change. So many of these innovations are enabled by the Internet, and exemplify exactly the challenge we at InternetNZ work on in terms of promoting the benefits and uses of the Internet and protecting its potential. To quote:

“As stakeholders in our country’s future, we must be aware of the impact disruptive technologies are having on our lives: good and bad.”

Do you think New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of these technological innovations - and if not, what could we do about it?

Enjoy your week all!