How to improve your cyber security

Me pēhea te whakapakari ake i tō haumarutanga ipurangi

Last updated 20 February 2024
Last updated 20 February 2024

Information, guidance and support to help protect your business from cyber attacks.

On this page we’ll bring you information, guidance and support that will not only help your business, but enable you to better protect your personal online activities from cyber attacks.


Our Cyber Security for the Tertiary Sector team facilitates online workshops to help organisations in the New Zealand tertiary education sector to better understand cyber security and help them decide what steps they can take to become more secure.

The cyber security workshops we’ve run so far have been well attended and informative. Recordings of these sessions are found below.

We’ve now arranged a further set of workshops – read about the opportunities below and use the registration link to confirm your attendance.

If you have any questions, email the team at

Upcoming workshops

Delivered by Defend

You must register to attend a workshop.




Registration link

Staying Safe Online

Learn the biggest threats to the tertiary sector, how hackers get in, and what you can do to keep your organisation and yourself safe.

10-11am, Tuesday 5 March 2024


Register for the Staying Safe Online workshop

Social engineering

Find out about the different methods that threat actors use to manipulate you to do the hard work for them.

10-11am, Tuesday 12 March 2024


Register for the Social engineering workshop

Recordings of previous Defend workshops



Phishing Awareness – YouTube, 31mins

Learn about the different kinds of phishing, how to spot a phish and what to do when phished.

Staying Safe Online – YouTube, 58mins

Learn the biggest threats to the tertiary sector, how hackers get in, and what you can do to keep your organisation and yourself safe.

Data Handling YouTube, 31mins

Learn about what data to protect and how to keep data safe.

Additional educational videos and content from Microsoft

These workshops, run by Microsoft, provide targeted information on what to do to make your organisation more cyber secure. They are primarily aimed at tertiary education organisations (TEOs) with access to E5/A5 Microsoft licensing. We’ve outlined the groups most likely to benefit from the workshops, below:




Most likely to benefit

Security Foundations

Setting the stage for Zero Trust, MFA and the basics on Identity based protection and why.

IT professionals, security admins, identity, and access admins, CISOs, security managers.

CISO and Cloud Security Architectures - MCRA 

The Chief Information Security Office (CISO) workshop helps accelerate security program modernization with reference strategies built using Zero Trust principles. Building Cyber security capability within your teams.

Individual CISO Workshop Videos – Microsoft

MCRA playlist explaining each key topic in the MCRA – YouTube

Security and risk managers, CISOs, IT managers.

M365 Security

What do we get with M365 Security?

An overall session on what is available and what you need to plan to implement as a baseline.

Video on using Defender M365 – YouTube

Full Playlist for Defender for Endpoint – YouTube

Key concepts and how to guides – Get Security Done

IT professionals, security admins, identity and access admins, IT developers.

Cloud & Hybrid Security

Using Defender for Cloud to manage your multi cloud security requirements.

Defender for Cloud video playlist – YouTube

Defender for Cloud helps you simplify your cloud security management and improve your security outcomes. To learn more, visit

IT professionals, security admins, identity and access admins, IT developers.


As part of the CSTS project, we are offering free cyber security maturity assessments for TEOs.

Led by an independent provider, the assessments are NIST based for larger organisations and quick scans (based on CERTNZ controls) for smaller organisations.   

Organisations receive a comprehensive assessment of their cyber security maturity with clear recommendations and a roadmap to help them become safer.

TEC and NZQA don’t see the results with reports provided directly to organisations by the independent provider.

The assessment process only takes a few hours over a short period.

For more information or to request an assessment, email the CSTS team at

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Our monthly newsletter will contain regular cyber security advice, keep you abreast of what’s happening in the cyber security world, and update you on our project’s progress. You can subscribe to it here.

Cyber Security for the Tertiary Sector Newsletter

Print posters for your work

Download and print the Be prepared!/Kia takatū! poster (te reo Māori and English), and put copies in prominent places around your work and learning spaces. It has four simple steps you can take today that will give your cyber security a lift.

Be prepared! cyber security poster (PDF 337 KB)

Kia takatū! poster (PDF 215 KB)


More information

TEC’s Cyber Security for the Tertiary Sector project works alongside a number of agencies and organisations who keep Aotearoa New Zealand as safe as possible from cyber attacks. Here are some of them:


Department of Internal Affairs

National Cyber Policy Office

National Cyber Security Centre


New Zealand Police

Contact details

If you’d like to find out more, contact us by email.