NZCS Newsline: Schools, threat landscape, profession building and sorting out privacy failures

, posted: 16-Sep-2011 16:10

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NZCS Newsline
16 September 2011

Your weekly dose of ICT news and views

This week:

  • Paul Matthews: ICT in schools: what's happening?
  • Juha Saarinen: Rogue'n'roll
  • Ben Smith: Building a sustainable profession starts with you
  • Marie Shroff: Privacy update: fixing privacy failures and blowouts
  • ICT around town: All the latest ICT-related events in your area

Newsline edited by Juha Saarinen


This Week at NZCS

Paul Matthews

ICT in schools: what's happening?
by Paul Matthews, NZCS Chief Executive

Earlier this week I was very fortunate to do a presentation then have a really good conversation with a group of about 40 secondary ICT teachers in the Waikato region about current challenges, especially with some of the recent changes.
As you may or may not know, a significant amount of work has occurred over the last three years in redefining what ICT means in a secondary education sense, culminating in the release of the first new NCEA ICT (or "Digital Technologies, as they're calling them) Achievement Standards this year.

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Taku Waimarie Hoki!

Juha Saarinen


Juha Saarinen, Newsline Editor

I had the pleasure of being hosted by security vendor Symantec in Sydney this week, for their Vision 2011 reseller conference which was a surprisingly large affair, with over 1,000 delegates showing up at the Sydney Convention Centre. Whodathunk there was that much interest in arcane security matters?

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Ben Smith

Building a sustainable profession starts with you
by Ben Smith, Systems Engineer

Our sector is made up of thousands of talented people involved in a variety of roles which in turn contribute to the success of our industry.
From helpdesk analysts, technicians, engineers, developers and team leaders, through to security consultants, project managers and CxO level roles, each person has a responsibility and duty of care to attend to their own learning and behaviours.
But what about our industry, who is responsible for looking after it? Who is responsible for its development?

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Marie Shroff

Privacy update: fixing privacy failures and blowouts
by Marie Shroff, Privacy Commissioner

Most Newsline readers will be aware of enormous developments in how we can use personal information. You'll often know what's up before the technology hits the market. You'll be watching the way science, business and ICT developments can interlink.

You understand what it means when someone refers to location-based tracking and how it can be used. You're perhaps working in a job that means you are pretty up to speed with cross-over areas like biometrics, DNA and genomic research and online health...

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