New Zealand: Beware of 'Outsourcing' Spies, Gov't Agencies Told
Government agencies should weigh up the risks to security and New Zealand's wider economic interests before outsourcing IT systems overseas, says the State Services Commission.
The commission has been developing guidelines for agencies considering "offshoring" information processing for 18 months.
An IT industry executive at one multinational says the upshot is that while departments could send processing overseas, it would probably be easier for them to "pass their datacentres through the eye of a needle".
Commission spokesman Jason Ryan says the advice stresses the dangers of offshoring, but also sets out how they could be managed.
"That was the intention - to make people well aware of what the risks were and how they could think about mitigating them."