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Cost of computer crime in NZ

Date: August 08, 2006

Cost of fighting computer crime in New Zealand revealed for first time

- Otago University survey highlights lack of security training -

New Zealand organisations spend on average about half a million dollars annually fighting computer crime within their organisations, according to a new University of Otago survey.

The inaugural 2005 New Zealand Computer Crime and Security Survey, produced by the University’s Security Research Group, is the first survey of its kind to review information technology security in New Zealand.

The survey is based on the annual Computer Crime and Security Survey conducted by the United States-based Computer Security Institute (CSI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Computer Intrusion Squad, which aims to raise the level of security awareness and determine the scope of computer crime in the US.

The CSI/FBI survey has been running for the past 11 years. A similar survey has been conducted in Australia for the past six years by the Computer Emergency Response Team (AustCERT).

Until now, New Zealand has been reliant on the data from these surveys to guide its computer security responses.
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