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The cyber world is changing. Where, even a few years ago, the focus was on protecting organisations by securing their perimeters – today it is recognised that this alone is no longer adequate. There are now a much wider variety of attack surfaces to be understood, and to be protected. The rise of mobility and cloud is driving a fundamentally diff erent paradigm into organisations still organised around traditional lines. The need to engage with mobile customers and cloud-based ecosystems (“digital engagement”) is essential for commercial success in many industry sectors today. In addition, businesses have created networks of protected relationships that need to be secure. But these new realities raise questions around security, identity, privacy and ease-of-use, which drive fundamentally diff erent cyber security considerations. Ease of engagement, transparency of access and location awareness are key criteria when it comes to enabling an organisation to be successful in engaging mobile customers and employees, however security requirements can inhibit these factors and potentially put them at odds with the objectives of the marketing or IT departments.
The technology sector in New Zealand is difficult to measure because it is increasingly pervasive – technology is now a vital component and key differentiator across all industries, from traditional sectors such as retail, construction, banking, tourism, and primary industries to technology exemplars such as healthcare, software and technology services companies. This change from technology as an industry vertical to horizontal is relatively recent and has occurred in response to the persistent and unstoppable adoption of digital technologies. These allow companies better, lower cost models and the potential to disrupt their own and other sectors. New Zealand is committed to providing a high-growth, high-value economy, able to differentiate itself in an increasingly digital world without traditional trading boundaries – essentially moving towards becoming an Idea Economy where the ability to turn an idea into a new product or service has never been easier. Due to these pressures, New Zealand has to produce a high-skilled ‘digital’ workforce – the quality of which will provide a key ingredient in the development and success of New Zealand businesses in the digital age.