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ITP Update: NZX Attack, great webinars and more

Paul Matthews, ITP Chief Executive. 31 August 2020, 12:00 pm
ITP Update: NZX Attack, great webinars and more

Our thoughts go out to those currently fighting the sustained attack on the NZX. This will be incredibly frustrating for all concerned, especially given the impact on listed companies. A few comments on this below.

We're responding by providing more options for our community to upskill in this area. Members have asked us for more cybersecurity courses in the next month or so, so we've brought forward four of our cybersecurity short courses. Choose one of them or do all four at a discounted rate.

And lastly, don't miss the tech legal update at Thursday Live this week - going to be a cracker! Lots to think about in this space, and we'll kick it off with our TechBlog team giving a roundup of tech news and views this week. Plus, some surprises at Tech Chat Tuesday tomorrow.


NZX attack is a warning to us all

Our thoughts go out to those currently fighting the sustained cyberattack on the NZX. This will be incredibly frustrating for all concerned, especially given the impact on third-party listed companies.

As I'm sure many of our members are aware, this should be seen as a warning for all of us to ensure our clients' houses are in order. New Zealand's relative obscurity and size benefits us but this attack shows we can't be complacent. As we can see from all of this, we're certainly not immune to sustained attacks - especially in the days of ransom attacks.

Am speaking of which, we're guessing by the fact that these attacks are continuing that no "ransom" has been paid and if so, that's a decision we wholeheartedly support. While doing so might seem like a way out, all it does is significantly increase the prevalence of this type of attack - and chance you'll be attacked again in future.

When the dust settles on all of this, we'll help those fighting this attack tell their story to the tech community.

Incidentally and due to member demand, we have a number of security-related short courses that can help those who aren't security professionals do the basics - if you or your team are responsible for protecting online assets in your organisation, you should check these out. And no, we're not profiting from this unfortunate attack - we're a not-for-profit and run these high quality courses more or less at cost for our community.

We're also hosting security expert Elf Eldridge from CyberToa on our Thursday Live Webinar in a couple of weeks - 17 September - to talk through this attack plus the basic steps we should all be taking. Registrations will open shortly.


Thursday Live Webinar: 
Tech legal update - what you need to know

4pm, Thursday 3rd September 2020. FREE

Thursday live

Following on from our Covid-19 Tech Law update in April, there's a lot we all need to know from a legal perspective stemming out of the whole pandemic. Many individuals and businesses are getting caught out in various ways, and those in tech are no exception.

This week's Thursday Live Webinar, in partnership with law firm Anthony Harper, will look at employment, immigration, privacy (e.g. around contact tracing) and general law, with heaps of time for your questions during extended Q&A.

As always, the session will kick off with an update from our TechBlog Live tech media panel and include heaps of time for your questions. I'll be facilitating the panel and putting your questions to our guests.

More info 


Cybersecurity short courses - essential content

In light of the recent attacks on NZX and others, we've been asked to schedule more of our cybersecurity short courses over the next month or so. These are perfect for tech professionals to help ensure you have the core stuff covered, while also helping put in place plans should you be the victim of an attack.

The following courses are on offer:

Web Security Fundamentals

22 September - This half-day introduction to web security covers the most common current web security exploits and the approach, principles and frameworks necessary to detect and protect against vulnerabilities. This is an essential course for anyone with responsibility for web or software development, or cloud services within an organisation.

Cybersecurity Self-assessment

29 September - This half-day Cybersecurity Self-assessment course is intended for those wishing to self-assess their organization's ability to respond to a range of potential cybersecurity threats following established methodologies. Self-assessment allows you to make informed decisions about your security spend rather than relying only on compliance requirements or vendor statements.

Hands-on security: Testing your web apps for exploits

6 October - Our new full-day "Hands-on security" course is a comprehensive one-day course covering the most common current web security exploits and the tools that developers, testers, engineers and security analysts can use every day to detect and protect against vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity Incident Response Playbooks

13 October - The half-day Cybersecurity Incident Response Playbooks course is intended for those wishing to develop incident response playbook(s) for their organization to respond to a range of potential cybersecurity threats. The course covers best practice cyber-response playbooks following the NIST cyber-response frameworks.

Our half-day courses are from $300+GST per person, and the full-day course is from $430+GST. Members and non-members welcome, however see the website for member and corporate partner pricing.

This really is inexpensive compared with similar courses elsewhere and not much given the cost of getting these things wrong.

All are delivered live online, so participate from anywhere. Also, talk to us about bulk deals to ensure your whole staff are covered.

Want to attend all 4 courses? If you or your team want to attend all four of the above sessions, we'll do the lot for $1200+GST total per place. And yes, you can mix and match attendees. That's 2.5 days' of training for less than the cost of one day elsewhere and really is a steal.

There are very limited places so get in touch quick if you're interested in this (or register for the individual sessions above).


Tech Chat Tuesday - tomorrow!

2pm, Tuesday 1st September 2020. FREE

Grab yourself a cuppa and come and have a chat with other tech folks across New Zealand. This is our monthly Tech Chat Tuesday, great for both new members and others to come and engage.

ITP's Tech Chat Tuesday, on the first Tuesday of each month, is a chance for our community to connect up and have a bit of a chat in a small group setting. This is a no-sales zone; but come and share how you're doing and what you're up to - or just listen.

Stop press: We're trying something a bit different this time, with virtual visual meeting room software and lots of choices of topic. Come be a guinea pig for this - will be lots of fun!

If you haven't participated in this yet, give it a go! It's a lot of fun and runs every month.

Details and register here


Previous webinars - all available free to members

Our recent Live Webinars have been massively well received.

All past webinars are available on the ITP Video Library for members:

  • An afternoon with Nanogirl
  • Taking kiwi tech to the post-Covid world
  • Tech startups in a post-Covid world
  • The IRD Transformation
  • Digital Government and Covid-19
  • Tech and the Covid-19 recovery
  • Privacy in the days of Covid-19
  • Leading Wellness in uncertain times
  • Meet the ITP Workshop Presenters
  • The data behind Covid19
  • Innovation in tough times: Don't Hunker in the Bunker
  • Covid19: Tech and the Law
  • Cybersecurity from home
  • Clarke Ching on disaster innovation
  • CITPNZ and CTech: The What, How and Why
  • Working Remotely - How to get through

Check out the webinar section here


Save the Date - ITx 2020/2021

After postponing ITx this year due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, we are beyond excited to announce the dates for ITx 2021 - 3-5 May 2021 at TSB Arena in Wellington.

ITx is a collaborative conference, with around 12 tech organisations working together to make it happen. We work with the other organisations to bring all of these communities together.

As always the conference focuses on bringing tech professionals, decision-makers, leaders and academics together under one roof - it really is where industry and education come together to learn, engage and network. We will also be celebrating 60 years of IT Professionals NZ!


Get your ITP gear

Now is the perfect time to head over to the ITP store and grab yourself some sleek, warm and practical items for work and play. These customizable items come in a variety of sleek and simple designs and are perfect for work, networking or casualwear.


The official ITP store has a whole bunch of professional and casual clothing options, some which can be co-branded with your company. It's a great opportunity to show that you don't just "do IT" - you're also serious about professional practice. 

Pop on over to to check it out.


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