sb-nz logo
Story image

DIA to access info about .nz domain names

26 Nov 2018

The Department of Internal Affairs and the Domain Name Commission are the latest partners to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to protect .nz domain names.

The information-sharing agreement aims to prevent and minimise behaviours that threaten a safe, secure and trusted .nz online environment.

"Online safety is top of mind for many New Zealanders as we spend more and more of our time connected to the Internet. Cooperative efforts will allow us to manage a safer online .nz,” comments Domain Name Commissioner Brent Carey.

The MoU will enable the Department of Internal Affairs and The Domain Name Commission to share information including domain name registration, electronic messaging compliance, and online restricted publications.

The two parties say the sharing of this information will help to ‘prevent negative impacts for online New Zealand’. Department of Internal Affairs’ digital safety director Jolene Armadoros says The Domain Name Commission’s expertise in the .nz domain space is crucial to keeping Kiwis safe online.

"Working closely with the DNC helps us identify, disrupt and remove harmful content that targets New Zealanders or abuses our trusted online environment,” Armadoros continues.

The two organisations say that the agreement will also bring achievements for trust, confidence and good compliance approaches.

They will also help to raise awareness and educate people about security issues like scams, phishing, fraud, malware, and other trends that affect the .nz domain space.

The two organisations will also comply with all applicable New Zealand laws in the event of information request or sharing. This includes the Privacy Act 1993, as well as .nz policies and agreements.

Earlier this year the Domain Name Commission signed an agreement with CERT NZ to ward off cybersecurity threats from .nz domains.

“We’re pleased to announce that we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CERT NZ, who will use their access to international cyber threat and vulnerability information together with withheld domain name registration information to alert domain owners in the .nz space to cybersecurity issues,” commented Carey at the time.

The agreement allows CERT NZ to access publicly-withheld domain name registration information when a security threat has been identified.

“When we’re alerted to issues that may affect New Zealand domain owners, this agreement means we can access the right information at the right time,” commented CERT NZ director Rob Pope at the time.

The Domain Name Commission has also signed an MoU with the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator of Vanuatu.

Story image
Trend Micro adds cloud-native container security to Cloud One Services Platform
Designed to ease the security of container builds, deployments and runtime workflows, the new service helps developers accelerate innovation and minimise application downtime across Kubernetes environments.More
Story image
Ensign and Cybereason expand security offerings with partnership
Partnership enables mutual customers throughout APAC to access managed detection and response capabilities.More
Story image
Arlo's latest Ultra security cameras now available in NZ
The Ultra 2 Wire-Free Spotlight Camera System is equipped with 4K video and HDR image recording, auto-zoom and tracking, and much more.More
Story image
Malware variants becoming increasingly prevalent, sophisticated and evolved
"The modern threat landscape and ongoing evolution of malware are loud factors pushing every business to understand and identify modern malware threats and the necessary precautions to take to protect against them."More
Story image
APAC secure content management market to hit $2.2 billion by 2024
The proliferation of cloud-based deployments will largely drive this, the report says, as the COVID-19 pandemic motivates more enterprises to move their workloads to the cloud and rely more on the internet. More
Story image
IronNet expands Asia Pacific presence with new strategic partnership
“The combination of M.Tech’s extensive network in Asia Pacific and our unparalleled expertise in threat intelligence and detection will help more enterprises across the region to proactively identify and take down known and unknown threats before they happen.”More