February-March 2021

New Zealand Security Magazine

NZSM February 2021
The February edition is our banking and financial sector issue.

Welcome to the December February-March 2021 issue of New Zealand Security Magazine!

In this issue we focus on the security issues of most concern to banks and financial institutions, with a focus on the security of assets and information in sectors where issues of fraud and data protection loom large. 

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The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has reported a steep rise in the number of investment scams attempting to impersonate legitimate New Zealand businesses since the emergence of COVID-19. We peer into FMA research that shows one in five New Zealanders have been targeted by investment scams.

New Zealand’s fraud landscape is shaped by what’s happening internationally. With the United Nations General Assembly’s Special Session against Corruption to be held mid-year, we feature international efforts to put an end to the abuse perpetrated by anonymous companies and other legal vehicles that facilitate cross-border corruption and other crimes.

We also review the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) Semiannual Risk Perspective, which reports elevated credit, strategic, operational and compliance risks resulting from economic downturn, malicious cyber activity and altered work environments in the wake of COVID-19.

We speak with Massey University’s Dr John Battersby on the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attacks. What did the report identify, where are the gaps, will the recommendations enhance the security of New Zealanders, and how will they be implemented by government?

Against the backdrop of the Inquiry report, we’re joined by security consultant Marc Collins who writes on the challenges governments face in countering the threats posed by vioent extremism while also safeguarding freedoms.

Continuing our Women in Security Awards Aotearoa coverage, we profile award-winning cybersecurity trailblazer Kendra Ross and Tauranga-based finalist and security personnel services legend Jill Priest.

Some great updates as well from our sponsors and partners on their latest security solutions, including Gallagher’s Digital ID access control solution, Hikvision’s Hik-ProConnect convergent cloud-based security service, and SonicWall threat protection software.

There’s plenty more in this February-March issue of NZSM! To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the news and analysis we publish, subscribe to our email newsletters via our website, and follow us on LinkedIn via the address listed on this page. 

Despite its myriad challenges, 2020 was a big year for NZSM, with our cutting-edge print content driving a 30 percent increase in visitors to our website – and an over threefold increase in page views. 

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Nicholas Dynon – Chief Editor