What we’ve seen
In 2019, 4740 incidents were reported to CERT NZ, a 38% increase on 2018. Individuals, small businesses and large organisations from all over New Zealand submitted reports.
Top incident categories
The top three incident categories in 2019 remain the same as those in 2018:
- 1,934 phishing and credential harvesting reports, up 25% on 2018
- 1,734 scams and fraud reports, up 53% on 2018
- 449 unauthorised access reports, up 48% on 2018
15% of reports made to CERT NZ had some form of financial loss, with a total value of $16.7 million.
Top types of scams and fraud
Scams and fraud accounted for $14.5 million (87%) of the total financial loss reported in 2019.
Of that loss:
- Almost $5 million was lost to unauthorised or falsified money transactions.
- Over $4 million was lost to scams when buying, selling or donating goods online.
- Almost $3.6 million was lost when asked to pay money upfront (e.g. invoice scam).
Vulnerability reports are an opportunity to prevent a cyber security incident before it occurs. Vulnerabilities reported to CERT NZ range in severity and complexity.
60 vulnerabilities were reported to CERT NZ in 2019, with 20 being managed under our Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure (CVD) service. The CVD policy is used when the person reporting the vulnerability doesn’t want, or has been unable, to contact the vendor directly themselves.
What we’ve done
We worked with over 40 foreign CERTs and international partner organisations. These include AP CERT and ACSC; alongside others from further afield such as KZ-CERT, CERT-EE, and CERT Tonga.
Get Cyber Smart
Cyber Smart Week is CERT NZ’s primary outreach platform. In 2019 we had 122 partner organisations on board, who helped us reach more Kiwis than ever before. This is 28% up on 2018.
Advisories are our early warning system for New Zealanders. We triage incident reports we receive, and information about international cyber threats to get timely, actionable advice out to New Zealanders so they can protect themselves online. In 2019, CERT NZ issued:
- 5 advisories to individuals and businesses
- 9 advisories IT specialists
CERT NZ website
Our website is the central place for reporting incidents and accessing our information and resources.
In 2019 we had over 208,000 website visits, up 45% on 2018.
The most popular page for IT specialists was our advisories page, with 38,000 page views.
For businesses and individuals our top guides were our ‘Top 11 cyber security tips for your business’ and ‘Keep your data safe with a password manager’.