Security agencies GCSB and SIS merge tech directorates – Reseller News

Andrew Hampton - director general, GCSB

Andrew Hampton – director general, GCSB

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and Security Intelligence Service (SIS) have merged their technology directorates in preparation for the roll-out of a New Zealand Top Secret Network (NZTSN).

A 2017 review recommended the change to support two main objectives – the need to share resources and reduce duplication between the SIS and the GCSB and to ensure the agencies were prepared for sector-wide implementation of the NZTSN.

The GCSB’s annual report explained that in 2018, the agency made significant progress on two large, multi-year  technology projects: the Cryptographic Products Management Infrastructure (CPMI) project and the NZTSN.

“The CPMI project will replace parts of the system currently used to protect classified New Zealand government information,” it said.

The CPMI allows communications classified higher than “restricted” to be protected through advanced encryption.


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