Cyber Security

cyber securityThe risks from cyberspace (including the internet, wider telecommunications networks and computer systems) have been identified by the Government as a high priority risk. The UK is facing an ongoing, persistent threat from other states, terrorists and criminals operating in cyberspace.

The UK is one of the most secure places in the world to do business - already 8 per cent of UK GDP is generated from the cyber world and that is set to grow. However, cyber-crime has been estimated to cost the UK economy billions of pounds per year and therefore it is vital that we protect and preserve our interests in cyberspace.

The Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance (OCSIA) supports the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP and the National Security Council in determining priorities in relation to securing cyberspace. The unit provides strategic direction and coordinates action relating to enhancing cyber security and information assurance in the UK.

The OCSIA alongside the Cyber Security Operations Centre work with lead government departments and agencies such as the Home Office, Ministry of Defence (MoD), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), CESG, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in driving forward the cyber security programme for UK government and give the UK the balance of advantage in cyberspace.

Cyber Security Strategy

The new Cyber Security Strategy was published on 25 November 2011. It sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public’s way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.


UK signs up to Cyber Resilience partnership - 25 January 2013

The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, today signed the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new set of principles on Cyber Resilience on behalf of the UK government. The UK has joined over 70 companies and government bodies across 15 sectors and 25 countries to demonstrate their leadership and commitment to taking a responsible and collective approach to ensuring secure, resilient digital global networks. This step has been taken to enable our global economy to benefit from a digital environment which is safe yet open for all. Read more here.

Cyber Security Strategy one year on - 3 December 2012

The National Cyber Security Strategy was launched one year ago on 25 November 2011. Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has made a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament about the progress against the objectives of the Strategy.

Francis Maude and Chloe Smith, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform are both speaking about the achievements of the first year and are making new announcements at the Information Assurance (IA12) Conference. As part of the announcements, Francis Maude will highlight future work on a new UK National Computer Emergency Response team, further work on education and skills, Cyber Reservists for the MoD and a Growth Partnership with the private sector to boost the Cyber Security Sector in the UK.

Chloe Smith delivered a speech at the Cyber Security Summit - 6 November 2012

On 6 November 2012, Minister Chloe Smith gave a speech at the Cyber Security Summit about delivering a strategy for cyber security for the UK. Read a transcript of the speech.

Director GCHQ makes speech in tribute to Alan Turing – 5 October 2012

On 4 October 2012 Iain Lobban, Director GCHQ, delivered a speech in tribute to cryptanalyst and mathematician Alan Turing entitled ‘GCHQ and Turing’s Legacy’ at the University of Leeds. Read full story on the GCHQ website.

UK announces extra funding for cyber security capacity building - 4 October 2012

The UK will establish a centre of excellence on cyber security to offer countries independent and bespoke advice on how to build secure and resilient cyberspace. Read more here.

Cyber Security Challenge UK finalists visit GCHQ - 18 September 2012

Finalists from this year’s Cyber Security Challenge UK competition visited GCHQ in Cheltenham today to find out more about cyber security as part of their prize. Read full story on the GCHQ website.

UK’s first Cyber Security Academic Research Institute - 13 September 2012

The UK’s first Academic Research Institute to improve understanding of the science behind the growing Cyber Security threat has been established. Read the full story here.

Business leaders urged to step-up response to cyber threats - 5 September 2012

For the first time, the Government and intelligence agencies are directly targeting the most senior levels in the UK’s largest companies – company boards, their Chairs and Chief Executive Officers - and providing them with advice on cyber security threats. Full story on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website.

International operation prevents half a billion pounds of fraud - 27 April 2012

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) announced on 26 April 2012 that it has taken down 36 website domains which were being used to sell compromised credit card and financial data.

This operation was part of an international effort with the FBI and US Department of Justice.

The potential international fraud prevented by this operation is estimated to be in excess of £500 million.

SOCA has been allocated £19 million over four years through the Cabinet Office’s National Cyber Security Programme to improve the UK’s response to tackling cyber crime.

Information Security Breaches survey - 24 April 2012

The Information Security Breaches survey was published on 24 April 2012 by PwC. The report highlights the ongoing and changing threat to UK businesses from cyber security incidents and that 1 in 7 large businesses have been subject to hacking attacks in the last year.

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