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.

In less than 16 years the number of global web users has exploded from 16 million in 1995 to more than 2 billion today. UK shoppers spent £5.2 billion online during August 2011 – up 14% on the previous year, and cyber-crime has been estimated in the billions per year globally, with untold human cost. Therefore we must act now to protect the value we place 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) 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.


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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