In June 2022 the OCSC team conducted their first in-person CMM review in the Cook Islands since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.



The aim of the CMM is to assess the country’s cyber security capacities in order to identify risk and threats and enhance its resilience.


As part of the global constellation of capacity centres working with the University of Oxford’s Cybersecurity Capacity Maturity Model for Nations (CMM), at the invitation of governments, the OCSC conducts multi-stakeholder national cybersecurity capacity assessments.

The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) at the University of Oxford developed the CMM as a framework to facilitate the review of the maturity of a country’s cyber security capacity in consultation with 200+ international experts drawn from governments, international organisations, academia, public and private sectors, and civil society. The CMM continues to be refined through expert consultation, with the latest version released in March 2021. As of December 2021, the CMM has been deployed 120+ times in 87 nations across the globe.


The CMM review is helping the Cook Islands to identify their own priorities for strengthening capacity and building resilience, providing a pathway forward for the next steps of the cybersecurity journey.


Invited by the Office of the Prime Minister, the review engaged around 120 local decision makers and technical experts from government, law enforcement, emergency response, criminal justice, education, civil society, and the business community.

Over fives days, participants were separated into several focus groups and asked to share their knowledge and understanding of the local cybersecurity context across a range of different portfolios and industries.

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Cybersecurity review to help battle ‘technological threats’

Office of the Prime Minister staff Pua Hunter (Director ICT) left, with Ben Ponia (Chief of Staff), Dr James Boorman who led the review and his associate Joe Fulwood on the right. Photo: Supplied/22062207 (Cook Islands News)


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