A partnership with the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) will see Datacom playing a role in an initiative that will increase New Zealand’s cyber defences and potentially prevent millions of dollars of cyber harm.

The Malware Free Networks (MFN) initiative, launched by the GCSB’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), is making the Centre’s cyber threat intelligence available to Datacom and other commercial cyber security providers to help defend their customers’ networks.

There have been more than 40,000 indicators of compromise deployed to MFN since the new service was piloted and went live in September last year.

GCSB Director-General Andrew Hampton says an initial customer trial of MFN shows the initiative is having a real impact. Ahead of the official launch, MFN disrupted more than 10,000 threats.

“We’re incredibly proud to partner with the GCSB’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on their Malware Free Networks (MFN) initiative,” says Matthew Evetts, Director Cybersecurity at Datacom.

He says the partnership will benefit businesses and New Zealand as a whole.

“With New Zealand organisations facing a growing number of online threats, this new cyber defence capability will help ensure better sharing of cyber threat intelligence between the NCSC and commercial security providers so we can better defend our customers’ organisations and make a real contribution to the future of New Zealand’s cyber defence. It will also provide us with access to improved threat intelligence, extending our rapid response capability for customers.”

Read the GCSB's full announcement.

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