BAE Systems Detica has been named by GCHQ’s Information Assurance arm CESG, and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) as one of only four companies on an important new scheme that will provide organisations facing cyber threats with access to companies certified to respond effectively to the consequences of cyber attacks.
The scheme will start in the form of a pilot, initially including the four companies that were selected based on their knowledge and experience in providing cyber response services. During the pilot, Detica will work in partnership with GCHQ, CPNI and the other companies to set the future standards for cyber response services.
Whilst primarily aimed at the public sector and organisations forming part of the UK’s critical national infrastructure, it is anticipated that the pilot could also be of assistance to the private sector.
BAE Systems Detica has a forty year heritage working in UK national security and helps global organisations manage cyber risk from start to finish so that key decision makers can protect against, monitor for and respond effectively to serious cyber security incidents. Its dedicated incident response team uses specialist tools and knowledge of attackers' methods to uncover and investigate advanced attacks, providing a unique blend of business and forensic skills and a response in hours, rather than days. Organisations’ most valuable information is secured and the removal of both attacker and threat ensured.
Martin Sutherland, Managing Director of BAE Systems Detica, said: “Cyber space is a dynamic environment where attackers are constantly improving and refining their methods, often using sophisticated technologies to perpetrate their crime. Detecting and dealing with such attackers is extremely difficult for most organisations, and hence this scheme should be welcome relief for those that currently don’t know who to turn to for help.
“Creating a network of trusted suppliers will ultimately help strengthen the UK’s cyber defences and contribute to our economic well being and the protection of our organisations. The UK is taking a lead in this space, with this initiative supporting a growing cyber supply base that will also help future exports.“
Chloë Smith, Minister for Cyber Security said: “The growing cyber threat makes it inevitable that some attacks will get through either where basic security is not implemented, or when an organisation is targeted by a highly capable attacker.
“‘Cyber Incident Response’ services provide access to organisations certified by CESG/CPNI to respond effectively to cyber incidents. It builds on the ’10 steps to Cyber Security’ guidance on how to reduce the risk of vulnerability to attack.”
This initiative comes at an important time; since the beginning of 2011 there has been a ten-fold increase in cyber attacks which now come from more groups of cyber attackers than ever before and from an increasing number of countries. The increase is reflected in Detica’s research from earlier this year, which indicated that 85 per cent of British businesses are braced for an escalation in cyber attacks and only one in four were 'very confident' in their own defences.