November 2nd, 2018

Introducing REANNZ Acting CEO

Acting REANNZ CEO Gerrit Bahlman at the APAN conference. REANNZ’s Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Gerrit Bahlman as the Acting Chief Executive, effective from 23 November 2018 while Chief Executive Nicole Ferguson is on parental leave. Gerrit brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of specialist research and education networks. He is currently the Chair of the Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) which is the regional ... Continue reading →
November 2nd, 2018

From the Chief Executive

Specialist high-performance research and education networks are critical as they support and enable advanced research that benefits us all. It was heartening to hear that message from the Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Hon Dr Megan Woods, when she opened the recent Asia Pacific Advanced Network conference in Auckland. REANNZ was proud to host this meeting of over 300 people from 29 national research and education networks (NRENs) comparable ... Continue reading →
November 2nd, 2018

Tuakiri transition underway

The next steps have been taken in transitioning Tuakiri, REANNZ's federated digital identity service, into a sector-owned and driven initiative. A Steering Committee has been established to develop a business case to secure Tuakiri’s ongoing development and sustainability, as a separate service. The New Zealand Research and Education Trust & Identity Steering Committee is chaired by Brendan Kelly (Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Information Officer at the Tertiary ... Continue reading →
November 2nd, 2018

New Hawaiki Cable a "watershed" moment

At the launch event, Otago University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Professor Richard Blaikie with REANNZ's CEO Nicole Ferguson, and Remi Galasso, CEO of Hawaiki Cable. REANNZ celebrated its new Hawaiki with a launch hosted by the University of Otago showcasing what this new capability means for New Zealand’s researchers, scientists and students. CEO Nicole Ferguson described the new Hawaiki Cable capacity as a watershed moment for ... Continue reading →
November 2nd, 2018

Security Matters - passwords, post-its and pacemakers

By Tom Crumpton, Head of SecurityEagle-eyed TV viewers will have spotted a classic security blunder in a recent story at a geothermal power station. Viewers were treated to a close-up of the management terminal controlling the power station. Beneath it, was a clearly visible post-it note, with the word ‘password’ double underlined - just in case you were in any doubt!https://www.cert.govt.nz/businesses-and-individuals/guides/keeping-yourself-safe-secure-online/how-to-create-a-good-password/After ... Continue reading →