by Divina Paredes

Meet the members of the CERT Establishment Advisory Board

Aug 23, 2016
Big DataBusiness ContinuityCloud Computing

Nine business technology executives with extensive experience in cybersecurity have been appointed to the CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) Establishment Advisory Board.

The Board will provide advice to the Minister for Communications and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on the establishment of the national CERT. The centre is expected to be in operations early next year.

The Board will have Michael Wallmannsberger, Chief Information Security Officer, at the Wynyard Group, as chair.

Communications and Information Technology Minister, Amy Adams

The national CERT will be the first point of call for all cybersecurity incidents.

“The national CERT will sit at the centre of New Zealand’s cyber security response. It will be the first point of call for all cybersecurity incidents,” says Adams, in a statement.

“The CERT will receive cyber incident reports, track and monitor cyber security incidents, and provide advice and alerts on how to respond and prevent further events. The CERT will work closely with international counterparts to prevent and respond to global cybersecurity incidents.”

Michael Wallmannsberger, Chief Information Security Officer at the Wynyard Group, is chair of the advisory board.

The other board members are:

Sarah Burke, Head of Information Security and Technology Risk for ANZ New Zealand.

Jon Duffy, Head of Trust and Safety at TradeMe. He is also the Deputy Chair of NetSafe (an NGO focussed on online safety and security).

David Eaton, Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise New Zealand (HPE NZ). He is responsible for the HPE NZ Security programme and has also been part of the HPE NZ Future Cities, Big Data and Cloud Services programmes.

Paul McKitrick, who has been working in the cyber security industry nationally and globally for more than 15 years, including roles within the Government Communications Security Bureau’s Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection, the .nz Domain Name Commission and Microsoft.

Debbie Monahan, who established the Domain Name Commission in 2002, and has since been the .nz Domain Name Commissioner.

Kendra Ross, co-founder and director of Duo, one of New Zealand’s major suppliers of security systems. Ross was the recipient of the New Thinking Award sponsored by Massey University at the recent Gold Awards and along with her business partner, named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Women in ICT Awards.

Rick Shera has had an expansive 30 year career in corporate, commercial and ICT law, particularly internet law. For the past 20 years, Shera has been a partner at Lowndes Jordan – a high level corporate, commercial and IT law firm. He is also a board member of the Network for Learning, and an advisory board member of DigitalNZ.

Adrian van Hestis the National Cyber practise leader for PwC and has a specific focus on IT security, risk, project governance, strategy and innovation. He also leads PwC’s Global Threat and Vulnerability Management Centre of Excellence, one of the largest team of researchers and testers focussed on combatting vulnerabilities and threats to organisations.

Adrian van Hest of PwC

The government has allotted $20 million of operating funding over the next four years on CERT to combat cyber-attacks and cybercrime, with an additional $2.2 million of capital for set up.

Related: The convergence of digital and cybersecurity: The State of Global Information Security 2016 (NZ edition)

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