The Cabinet Office announces the launch of a new Cyber Defence reserve force

It perhaps shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the Cabinet Office chose Mega Monday to announce the launch of a new Cyber Defence reserve force to deal with the growing threat of computer crime. Run by the Ministry of Defence, it will allow the armed forces to ‘draw on the wider talent and skills of the nation in the cyber field.’

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William Hague warns of the growing threat of global cybercrime and the potential threat on the UK’s critical national infrastructure

It has never been easier to become a cybercriminal. That is the stark warning that Foreign Secretary, William Hague, will issue when he addresses the Budapest Cyberspace Conference today. He will tell international delegates that cybercrime is “one of the greatest global and strategic challenges of our time”, and has the potential to have devastating consequences not just on the UK’s critical national infrastructure but on the CNI of every country.

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Industry experts claim the UK needs a more robust and effective home-centred security strategy to prevent the threat of Tier One risks like cyber attack

The UK government’s National Security Strategy sets out the key strategic choices that have to be addressed to ensure the UK’s security and resilience against acts of terrorism and hostile acts in UK cyberspace. The government’s ‘Strategic Defence and Security Review’ outlined its priorities in responding to threats against our national security, and the increasing threats to our CNI. The reports set out the 15 priority risk types that the government had identified, including four critical areas which were identified as the most important threats to national security over the next five years. These particular threats, or Tier One risks, of international terrorism, attacks on UK cyberspace, national military crises and a major accident or natural hazard, such as a pandemic were identified as priority areas of concern which warranted additional funding. Continue reading…


Delivering Secure Critical National Infrastructure, 2012

Critical National Infrastructure is crucial to the continued delivery of essential services in the UK. Without the secure protection of this critical national information and data, the UK would suffer serious consequences including severe economic damage, grave social disruption and potentially the large-scale loss of a life. The protection of critical infrastructure will undoubtedly be shaped by a growing understanding of the threats posed by climate change and growing energy insecurity. These issues, in tandem with the continued global economic crisis, have the potential to constrict security spending and further reduce the personnel levels within our vital critical networks and services. Consequently the sector faces severe challenges.  Continue reading…