NZCS Newsline June 17 2011

, posted: 17-Jun-2011 16:36

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This week:

  • Paul Matthews: Best Practice is a Myth
  • Juha Saarinen: Ethics of security
  • Jay Daley: Why you need DNSSEC
  • Garry Roberton: Recent ICT Enrolment and Job Trends
Newsline edited by Juha Saarinen


This Week at NZCS

Paul Matthews
Best Practice is a Myth
by Paul Matthews, NZCS Chief Executive
As those in IT will know, there are a number of frameworks, processes and groups set up to pursue the somewhat elusive Best Practice.
I have to confess to having a bit of a dislike for the term Best Practice, especially in our field. ICT is far too young to have such a thing as can be evidenced by the fact that frameworks such as ITIL are constantly reviewed and modified. Logic dictates that something cannot be "the Best way possible" if it requires revision (unless the environment or other factors change, of course). Think about it - how can something be the best possible practice if it can be, and is frequently, improved?
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Juha Saarinen
Ethics of security
by Juha Saarinen, Newsline Editor
Computer security is a fascinating area mainly because it sits at the border of quantised digital information and analogue humanity.
Those two aren't natural matches for one another which one reason so many unexpected security breaches occur. Fascinating it may be but computer security can also be quite impenetrable (ha. ha. ha.) for normal people, which is why I was pleased to hear from Patrick Clair in Australia, who kindly suggested I publish this video clip.
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Contributed content is the opinion of the author only, and not necessarily the view of NZCS.


Jay Daley
Why you need DNSSEC
by Jay Daley, CEO, NZRS
The Domain Name System (DNS) that underpins much of the Internet is something that we take for granted and use day-to-day without thinking about it a great deal.
However, the DNS has a security weakness that has been inherent in it since its original design. What's worse, this weakness is being increasingly exploited by attackers.
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Garry Roberton
Recent ICT Enrolment and Job Trends
by Garry Roberton, Programme Manager, Wintec
The ratio between availability of ICT graduates versus industry demand significantly impacts the ICT sector and New Zealand as a whole. The trend of both has caused considerable concern in recent years and resulting in a significant international skills shortage.
This week Garry Roberton (Programme Manager IT at Wintec) provides some background and a brief update on recent ICT enrolment and job trends.
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