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The Detail – a podcast from RNZ/ Newsroom: Operating in the dark – Waikato DHB’s cyber nightmare


A Podcast from RNZ and Newsroom

This Episode –  28 May 2021

The RNZ website notes:

“In the last two years there’s been a large increase,” says AUT’s Professor of Computer Science, Dave Parry.  “It’s very hard to get real figures out of this because a lot of people,  particularly financial institutions, are very reluctant to reveal that they’ve been attacked.”

Guestimates are that there’s been a 50 percent increase around the world in such hostage-taking, and Parry says Covid has nudged it along.

According to Newsroom,

Newsroom has been commissioned by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund to produce a new daily news podcast designed to explain the stories behind the headlines. 

Called ‘The Detail’, it aims to help listeners dive deeper into the big stories to help give an understanding of what’s really going on. We will pick out the news that matters and explain it in detail and in context.

The Detail will be fronted by journalists Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton, and produced by Alexia Russell. We will be drawing on not only Newsroom’s award-winning journalists, but the best reporters from throughout the country; along with experts in their fields.

A number of issues arise, including but not limited to the following

1 What was the situation regarding IT security

2 How often were backups taken?

3 Had there been any recent risk assessments undertaken?

4 When did the DHB Board last receive any reports on IT governance, IT security, backup management.

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