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CERT quarterly report: incidents up but losses down

Paul Brislen, Editor. 19 September 2018, 8:28 am

CERT has released its latest quarterly report and while the number of reported incidents is up from 506 to 736 in the quarter, financial losses are down by 24%.

Most of the reported incidents are for relatively small amounts - typically less than $500 each - but there are a handful of big ticket losses, due primarily to phishing attacks. Four incidents were reported for more than $100,000 each.

Phishing makes up 455 of the reported incidents and around 75% of the losses are in the older age bracket - the 55 and over - suggesting there is still some work to be done around informing and educating the older set.

Of the incidents, 112 were referred to police for follow-up action.

CERT NZ is a specialist cyber security unit and part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and is tasked with gathering information on cyber security threats and incidents in New Zealand and overseas, advising organisations and the public on how to avoid and manage cyber security risks. 

Set up in April last year, CERT reports quarterly on activity, and works alongside other agencies, including Netsafe, Department of Internal Affairs anti-spam unit, the National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO), the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC - part of the Government Communications Security Bureau) and the Police.

 


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