Areas of interest include boosting cyber skills, building the cyber capability of small and medium-sized businesses, and co-operating on joint awareness raising campaigns.Communications Minister Amy Adams has recently returned from Australia, where she met with her counterpart, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan.During a meeting in Sydney, the ministers agreed to work together on a range of initiatives that will benefit both countries.Areas of interest include boosting cyber skills, building the cyber capability of small and medium-sized businesses, and co-operating on joint awareness raising campaigns.\u201cAustralia and New Zealand enjoy a productive relationship on cyber issues,\u201d says Adams, in a statement.\u201cWorking together means we can better respond to challenges and be prepared to deal with serious cyber security threats that could affect both our nations.\u201cMany New Zealand businesses operate in Australia and vice versa, and our citizens travel regularly between the two countries. We\u2019re committed to cooperating at a practical level to help our communities be safe online and ensure they\u2019re making the most of the digital economy.\u201cCollaboration and close international partnerships are a key part of implementing New Zealand\u2019s 2015 Cyber Security Strategy. Working alongside like-minded countries, such as Australia, is important to ensure we are cyber secure.\u201d Adams and Tehan have also asked officials to provide an update on the progress of these commitments in early 2017.The initiatives agreed to will bolster the Government\u2019s approach to cybersecurity issues, and further align Australia and New Zealand\u2019s public-private awareness initiatives and workforce readiness to reduce the cyber threat in the Asia-Pacific region. Communications and Information Technology Minister, Amy Adams: 'Working alongside like-minded countries, such as Australia, is important to ensure we are cyber secure.'Follow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nzClickhereto read digital editions of CIO New ZealandSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.Join us on Facebook.