Introduction to the NZISM

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Course Description

The New Zealand Information Security Manual (NZISM) is the New Zealand Government’s security compliance handbook. It contains volumes of valuable information security advice for a variety of organisations, however it is particularly relevant to NZ government agencies or organisations that provide services or contracts to NZ government agencies.

Cyber Toa’s Introduction to the NZISM provides a short overview of the structure and specific relevant sections of the NZISM itself. The course focuses on the sections of the NZISM that will be relevant to most organisations. This course includes a range of case studies and activities using real life examples so learners can gain information about how controls are applied or achieved in practice.

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Duration: ½ day

Delivery: Live Online Course, Instructor led, Supervised Activities,

Course Content

Module 1: NZISM structure

  • What does the NZISM provide?
  • Understanding classifications, rationale, and controls
  • System audits
  • NZISM content overview and controls

Module 2: Core NZISM compliance

  • Working off-site (including BYOD)
  • Media disposal
  • Gateway ad Network security
  • Cryptography

Module 3: NZISM FAQs

  • Cloud Computing
  • Email Security
  • Password Security
  • Mobile Device Security
  • Supply Chain

Target audience and course prerequisites

The Cyber Toa Introduction to the NZISM course is suitable for any IT professionals, project managers, managers or third-party service providers from organizations within the New Zealand government, organizations that supply services to NZ government or anyone seeking to comply with government cybersecurity requirements.

Previous information security and IT knowledge is helpful, but not required for this course. It is suggested (but not required) that attendees have:

  • experience with organization-specific IT infrastructure and practices.
  • an interest in developing a solid basic understanding of the structure, content and relevance of the NZISM and associated documentation.

Course Outcomes

This course will explain the fundamentals of the New Zealand Information Security Manual, including why it was written, who it is relevant and useful to and the structure of the document itself. Specifically, this course focuses on the compliance requirements of the NZISM – paying particular attention to the ‘MUST’ or ‘MUST NOT’ security controls, and those relevant to information classed from ‘UNCLASSIFIED’ through to ‘RESTRICTED’. This course also explains what all these terms mean, and how to determine which are appropriate for your data.

The course will also dedicate time to the specific content of some of the 489 controls required for this level of compliance but, in particular, will focus on the areas with the most controls (BYOD, Secure Disposal, and Gateway Security). The course will also spend dedicated time on aspects of the NZISM that are most often used (Incident reporting, mobile, email and password security and Cloud Computing)

On course completion, you will be able to:

  • Navigate and use the NZISM to obtain specific controls required for your organisation
  • Evaluate whether each control is required for your organization, and understand what may be required in order to comply with it
  • Provide an overview of what fundamentals are required for your organization to comply with the minimum requirements for the NZISM
  • Understand how the NZISM fits alongside other security documentation (such as the PSR, the NZCERT Critical Controls and the ASD Essential Eight)

Course Materials

The course consists of a live webinar with dedicated time for questions and answers taught by a cybersecurity specialist and All of Government Auditor. Attendees will also be provided with slides and reference materials relevant to the delivered content.