Cybersecurity shared services for government and public authorities

In collaboration with the Office of Security Coordination & Assessment (OSCA) and through partnership with relevant stakeholders, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) through NEC Decision No: 252/2020, is now responsible for implementing digital government, shared services and operationalising cyber-security measures in public service and the broader industry.

In this new digital economy, there has been an increase in Government data being stored and transferred online via storage and communication systems such as email and therefore the department is reminding all government agencies of the cybersecurity services offered at the National Cybersecurity Centre.

Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology Mr Steven Matainaho said data is now a valuable commodity in the digital age and its protection from unlawful and malicious use is of increasing necessity.  

“Hence, the need to protect national Sovereignty and Data in cyberspace is one of our top priorities. “Government websites were being taken down by cyber criminals and Australian Channel 9 news was heavily affected by Sophisticated Advanced Persistent Threat attackers. This has urge us to be concerned and vigilant in Papua New Guinea Government’s cyber space”, said Mr Matainaho.

“Whilst my department is currently drafting a National Cyber Security Policy, I request all Departments and State agencies to be equipped with cyber security capabilities to avoid and counter cyber-attacks such as ransomware, web application injection, phishing, etc.

“Please ensure your systems are equipped with the following Cybersecurity capabilities; Network Security (e.g Firewall), Licensed Endpoint Protection (Or Antivirus), SSL certificates for email, Website Security (Licensed SSL Certificate), Cyber Security training and awareness for staffs”.

Mr Matainaho  also reminded  all agencies that specific shared services are offered under the NCSC, which their respective agency through the ICT division should subscribe to. He said these services currently include Endpoint Protection, Network Protection and Training.

Secretary Matainaho also stated that NCSC also provides cybersecurity consultation to the Papua New Guinea Government and its agencies.

Acting Executive Manager for Cybersecurity and Digital Standards Ms Georgina Kiele can be contacted via georgina.kiele@ict.gov.pg to assist you.