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Microsoft
Microsoft backing Māori and Pacific wāhine in tech industry
A new initiative focused on getting Māori and Pacific wāhine into the tech industry and backed by Microsoft, NZTech and the government is calling for tech companies to get involved.
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SaaS
Atturra partners with Focus HQ to support Aus organisations
Atturra has executed a partnership agreement with Focus HQ, to resell and support the company's Australian developed SaaS-based portfolio management platform.
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Secure access service edge / SASE
Versa Networks recognised as SASE leader in Govie Awards
Versa Networks has announced its SASE offering has been recognised in The Govies Government Security Awards competition by Security Today magazine.
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Cybersecurity
Government cooperation key to stopping cyber attacks
The majority of respondents from a recent Trellix report believe government-led initiatives can play an important role in protection against cyber threats.
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Accenture
Accenture report highlights the importance of government cloud strategy
A recent IDC estimate pegged spending on public cloud by governments in APAC (including China and Japan) at US$12.6 billion in 2025, growing by a CAGR of 20.3% between 2020-25.
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Ransomware
Strong multi-factor authentication key to protecting critical infrastructure providers
"Having a ransomware mitigation plan is one step towards minimising risk, with phishing resistant MFA the key to keeping necessary accounts secure."
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Phishing
New survey shows heightened online payment risks in Asia
A surge in digital payments has significantly increased banking security risks in Asia.
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Artificial Intelligence
Aussies want more digital, artificial intelligence govt services
Australians want more digital government services and a majority are comfortable with Artificial Intelligence-generated services that personalise assistance.
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Telstra
Telstra to deliver faster internet for QLD schools
State school students across Queensland will now have faster internet speeds, following a new $187m deal between Telstra and the Queensland Government.
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Government
NEXTDC, NT govt unveil data centre development plans
NEXTDC and the Northern Territory government have shared detailed plans surrounding the development of a new data centre in Darwin.
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Digital Transformation
Australian Budget 2022 bolsters cyber security sector
The Australian Government has announced an investment of $9.9 billion to increase the country’s intelligence and cybersecurity capabilities.
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Atturra
Atturra partners with Pursuit Technology for govt solutions
"We are looking forward to mutually successful outcomes for Atturra, Pursuit Technology and local government."
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Cybersecurity
Greater balance needed in AU Critical Infrastructure Bill
The proposed measures go too far and need stronger guardrails, otherwise they could adversely affect Australia's critical infrastructure operators.
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Phishing
Cyberattacks on governments beyond Ukraine surge by 21% - Check Point
Check Point Research provides updates on cyberattack trends observed during the Russia-Ukraine conflict. 
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Prospa
Demand for business financing grows as businesses restock
Australian small businesses, much like businesses everywhere else in the world, have been struggling since the beginning of the pandemic.
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International Women's Day
IWD 2022: Overcoming the IT sector's gender imbalance
It's interesting to consider that, in the third decade of the 21st Century, there is still a gender imbalance in the IT industry. It might be closing slowly, but there is still a very long way to go.
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Cloud Security
Relativity completes IRAP security assessment for Aus market
The assessment supports higher standards for security postures in technology systems used by government agencies in Australia.
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Gartner
Top 10 government technology trends for 2022 revealed
“Government and public sector CIOs now need to sustain the momentum of digital acceleration after the initial chaos of the pandemic."
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Digital Transformation
Gartner's top 10 government technology trends for 2022
Gartner releases its top 10 government tech trends for 2022, to guide public-sector leaders in accelerating digital transformation and mitigating disruption risks.
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VPN
VPNs are the MVPs, so what exactly can they help you with?
Although a VPN cannot guarantee you 100% anonymity, it does give an extensive amount of protection, so it may definitely be worth a look next time you want to nab a good flight deal or avoid those troublesome ISPs.
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GDP
GDP rise set for NZ, but OECD recommends digital transformation to drive growth
They say that digital apprenticeships should be developed to help drive forward this technological transformation, and particular assistance be provided for those pursuing digital careers.
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Cybersecurity
Australia and New Zealand shouldn't rush to follow White House zero-trust cybersecurity strategy
"Going deeper, four years to zero trust is a very ambitious goal – and a strategy that will no doubt continue to evolve as government agencies dig in."
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Commerce Commission
Proceedings filed against government software provider
The NZ Commerce Commission has now filed proceedings against digital government software company Objective Corporation Limited (Objective).
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Shopify
Supply chain woes set to continue in 2022 - Shopify
"In the months ahead, we will see logistics companies build more resilient supply chains with a heightened focus on digitisation and decentralisation."