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Tonga member of new Pacific Cyber Security Network

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga is among 14 Pacific nations that are members of a new Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network created in April this year.

PaCSON is a network of CERTS (Computer Emergency Response Team) and cybersecurity response officials with CERT NZ as inaugural chair.

CERT NZ Principal Advisor and PaCSON representative Jamison Johnson said its an honour to chair the Executive Committee, with Tonga, Saia Vaipuna as deputy chair and Samoa as incoming chair.

"It's a great opportunity to work alongside and support our Pacific colleagues," he said.

Other members include Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

CERT NZ was launched in April 2017 is a body that strives to be open and transparent about how cyber threats affect New Zealanders and how everyone can be safer online.

“We are pleased to be able to expand this role more broadly into the Pacific and share our understanding of the threat landscape with other nations,” he said.

With its cybersecurity knowledge and access to the global information security community, CERT NZ will play an important role in sharing knowledge between Pacific nations.