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One year on from the UK Cyber Security Strategy Formation

13 December, 2013
The UK's cyber security strategy is continuing to develop as the internet continues its transformation one year after the orginal cyber security strategy was formed


By Jonathan Newell



A cyber security operational briefing has taken place within the UK's Government at which Francis Maude MP presented his findings into the progress of the country's cyber security strategy which was put into place one year ago.



In his report, he detailed the need for continued growth within the strategy to match the growing threats to to the country's considerable interests in cyber space.



Part of the success of the strategy so far has been the public-private partnerships that have been established, something that HP Enterprise Security services applauds and which it states has resulted in businesses in the country facing fewer successful cyber attacks per week than other major countries including the USA, Germany and Japan.



The public-private partnership aspect of the strategy is something that BAE Systems Detica is also keen to see expanded, something which the Government has pledged to do by increasing the membership of the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) to 500 by the end of 2014. According to BAE Systems Detica's Managing Director, Martin Sutherland, this is a vital step needed in order to provide real time information sharing needed for enhancing the country's defences against cyber attacks.



Adrian Nish of BAE Systems Detica expanded on why the CISP is such a strong catalyst for building co-operative responses to cyber threats. He explained that individual attacks leave signature footprints which can be brought together with intelligence from other members of the CISP to build profiles and develop mitigation strategies. Attacks thought to be individual can be collated with similar threats and related industry sectors can be forewarned and prepared so they're able to mitigate any similar threats.



However, according to Richard Archdeacon of HP, more is needed. He stated that skills shortages are a particular problem and that additional skills are now needed to manage the impact of attacks and to manage the inevitable increase in regulatory requirements. He also warned industry that whatever standards the UK Government comes up with, they should always be regarded as the bare minimum required by industry to keep ahead of the attackers.



This notion was reflected by internet security experts at Bloxx. The CEO, Charles Sweeney believes that the "tick box" attitude towards compliance is firmly a thing of the past and that company managers should be putting cyber security right at the heart of their businesses to improve their resilience to increasingly sophisticated attacks.



Jonathan Newell is a broadcast and technical journalist specialising in security systems and transport safety. He contributes to a range of titles in the technical press. He shares his time between the UK and Kazakhstan


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