Chris Hails (NetSafe)

Upcoming events we’re attending

The Easter bunny has been and gone, the long nights are drawing in and the weather’s getting colder. But fear not, event season is kicking off and there are some startlingly good reasons to fill your social/work calendar with some upcoming sessions on issues connected to the Digital Challenges.

Here are a selection of events over the next few months that NetSafe staff will be attending, presenting at, taking part in or supporting with a variety of stakeholder or partner organisations. We’d love to see you there.

2014 Event Calendar


Youth, Technology and Virtual Communities Conference (YTVC) 2014
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia – 28-30th April

Aimed at practitioners in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, education, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy and therapy who work directly with child victims of crime.

Web Rangers NZ
Wellington – Tuesday 29th April / Christchurch – Wednesday, 30th April / Auckland – Thursday, 1st May

Google and NetSafe workshops for Kiwi teenagers between 14 and 17 years old to learn about online safety and get practical tips on creating campaigns to spread the word about safer Internet use.


2014 Gibbons Lecture 1: What does Privacy Mean to New Zealanders in the Internet Age?
Auckland – 6pm, Thursday 1st May

We highly recommend the full range of 2014 Gibbons Lectures taking place over May.

Privacy Week 4 – 10 May 2014:

Information security: what does ‘reasonable’ look like?
Auckland – 1pm, Tuesday 6th May

David Shaw of Symantec speaks as part of Privacy Week’s T&P forums.

Privacy Forum 2014
Wellington – 9am, Wednesday 7th May

A range of speakers including NetSafe’s Martin Cocker will discuss information sharing and data privacy, social networking and online behaviour, and managing information security and privacy.

IITP Event: iBeacon and the Internet of Things
Auckland – 6pm, Wednesday 21st May

3Months Director Mark Pascall will explain how the new Bluetooth technology works and explore some of the ways it is being used around the world.

Wellington – Thursday 22 May / Taupo – Monday 26th May / Auckland – Wednesday 28 May

NetSafe will be attending the 2014 Xpo where visitors can explore teaching trends in ICT through presentations, workshops, an exhibition, and networking opportunities.


Fraud Awareness Week 2 – 6 June:

Details TBC

Connect Smart Week 16 – 22 June:

Details TBC

Chris Hails (NetSafe)

I’m the king of the castle, get down you dirty rascal

Malvertising – online adverts delivering malicious files – and watering hole attacks are getting more popular with cybercriminals. Consider adding to your defences with an ad blocking plugin for your web browser.

Chris Hails (NetSafe)

Computer Security: Are You the One in Ten?

When it comes to patching Windows PCs, the first Secunia Country Report suggests that NZ takes the silver medal for computer security. It’s the one in ten we now need to encourage to update their operating systems

Chris Hails (NetSafe)

The enemy within? Securing your business from insider threats

Two reports to NetSafe about company computer security incidents highlight how every small business owner needs to consider the risks of not controlling access to sensitive systems.

Chris Hails (NetSafe)

Worried about internet scams? Contact NetSafe before you part with your money!

Education about digital challenges – from online scams to computer malware – is key to avoiding losses before they occur