Dr Tom Hartley

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Artificial Intelligence – user beware Privacy and security are crucial
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as one of the most transformative and revolutionary technologies in recent history. From its humble beginnings to its widespread applications today, AI has garnered significant attention for its potential benefits as well as the inherent threats it poses. Discussions and experiments in technology date back to 1946, when Alan Turing initiated the study of computer-based...
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Learning from Disaster: What we should take away from Cyclone Gabrielle
Over the course of the last several years, we have seen three major events that forced us to reassess our business continuity and disaster recovery planning. The Christchurch earthquake of 2011 initiated a shift towards cloud technology in preparation for office access becoming more unpredictable. 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic solidified remote working and online collaboration as an essential part of modern...
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Plan to Make 2023 Your Safest Year Yet 
 2022 has seen two notable cybersecurity incidents: the significant data breach of the Pinnacle Midlands Health Network and the white-hat hacking of the Christchurch Hot Pools.    While the Christchurch breach was downplayed as having been conducted by an “ethical hacker” intentionally identifying security vulnerabilities, the important takeaway in both cases is that a security hole in the systems was...
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Cybersecurity Governance – the four cores to know
In past articles, we have looked at the four cores of managing cybersecurity – securing your people, your communications, your data, and your technology. This is achieved through awareness training, best-practice policies and procedures, and selective technologies. These are the foundational components that every business is expected to implement for security. Oversight of these policies and procedures however, falls to...
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Getting the Basics Right
Every business, regardless of industry or size, is vulnerable to cybersecurity attack- that’s just a fact; your business is not immune. As of the writing of this article, there’s an uptick in attacks across New Zealand in both the retail and manufacturing sectors, businesses that normally would be considered low on the radar, and that will only increase in these and other unexpected segments during the year....
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Making Security awareness a habit
Looking forward to 2022, we can expect another period of dealing with the invisible and deadly COVID-19 virus. Three years in, it has changed how we live, work and interact with others nationally and globally. We have trained ourselves to keep to our one-metre distance in public places, wash our hands thoroughly, and use sanitisers. We wear masks and use...