Information security threats are growing in volume and becoming more sophisticated.
This requires countries to be vigilant about protecting information affecting their national interests so they can operate effectively in a globally connected world.
The GCSB has an Information Assurance (IA) role, designed to:
- Protect sensitive New Zealand government information from unauthorised disclosure and enable departments to communicate securely;
- Help nationally significant organisations defend their information systems against cyber-borne threats and malicious attacks.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), located within GCSB, plays a key role in delivering cyber protection services to nationally significant organisations and dealing with high-impact cyber threats at national level.
Information Assurance services
GCSB helps government and private sector organisations of national significance to keep their information systems and communications secure.
Our services include:
- Providing advanced cyber threat detection and disruption (CORTEX) capability to protect nationally significant information and networks against online attacks.
- A Malware-Free Networks pilot.
- Responding to incidents and helping with mitigation and prevention.
- Conducting cyber threat analysis.
- Providing advice and high-grade encryption hardware to protect government information.
- Ensuring classified facilities are free from interception devices or other information security vulnerabilities.
- Providing information security standards and guidance.
- Assessing near space activity and proposed changes to national telecommunications networks for risks to national security.