NZ Information Security Manual updated


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 26 July, 2018


NZ Information Security Manual updated

The New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has updated the New Zealand Information Security Manual with new guidance on network design and architecture.

The amendments also cover approved destruction facilities for sensitive data, as well as the design and use of patch panels and cables as well as ribbon fibre-optic cable.

All the new amendments and additions have been designed to simplify approaches to ensuring compliance while maintaining existing levels of governance and assurance, the GCSB said.

The New Zealand Information Security Manual is the government's manual on information assurance and information systems security, covering areas including governance, assurance and risk.

It includes minimum technical security standards for good system hygiene, as well as technical and security guidance for government departments and agencies to support good information governance and assurance practices.

While it has primarily been designed for the federal government, it contains advice applicable to crown entities, local government bodies and private sector organisations.

The GCSB has recently been updating the manual more frequently in order to reflect the rapid pace of technological development and change. This latest update brings the manual to version 3.0.

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