Information Security

Welcome to the DTI's Information Security pages


According to research commissioned by DTI, the Information Security market was worth £865 million in the UK in 2002 and its value has only increased since then.  The UK industry is widely recognised to be highly innovative and has led the way in the development of standards and good practices, notably with the BS 7799 standards.  However, it has generally failed to build successful mass-market suppliers in a market that is dominated by overseas companies, particularly from the US.  In practice the market is fragmented on both the supplier and the user side.  Many companies have no single point of responsibility for their information security, and purchasing is often split across several departments.  Information Security still tends to be viewed as a technical matter rather than a mainstream business issue. 

The prime responsibility of the DTI's Information Security Policy Team is to help UK businesses address this issue, and manage their information security more effectively. 

  • In recognition of the need for easy to understand guidance and advice for SMEs, the DTI has created dedicated information security business advice pages which provide easy to understand, jargon-free information about a variety of information security issues.  Follow the left hand link to our Business Advice Pages.  To assess how secure your business is, try our online Health Check tool at
  • There is a range of information security publications and CD ROMs which include details about ISO/IEC 17799 and ISO/IEC 27001  - the international standards on information security. All our titles are available to download or order.  Follow the “Downloads” link for a full listing.
  • The DTI (in partnership with industry) produces a biennial Information Security Breaches Survey which is intended to help businesses understand the information security risks they face.  The most recent version of the Survey was launched in April 2006.  All the deliverables relating to the 2006 Survey (and, for comparative purposes, the 2004 Survey) are available under “Downloads”.  For further information see also
  • In partnership with Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MYCCI) we have recently helped to develop an interactive e-learning package which aims to be both practical and appealing.  Please visit
  • We represent the information security needs of businesses, both within the UK and internationally, to promote the development of appropriate international standards and a regulatory framework that is conducive to the uptake of electronic commerce. In particular DTI is a member of the Management Board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).  Further information is available at
  • We work with businesses to develop solutions to emerging problems including initiatives such as the arrangements for Trusted Third Parties that provide cryptographic services.
  • DTI supports Get Safe Online, the major public/private sector initiative aimed at helping home users and small businesses use the Internet safely.For more information go to
  • ITsafe is a free UK government service providing home users and small businesses with warnings and news about computer security problems.  Go to to sign up.