UK Coalition against Private Sector Cyber CrimeAdded: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
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The government of the United Kingdom, secret security outfits and various businesses had to team up to prevent hacker attacks. The coalition has announced “Fusion Cell”, expected to emphasize where hacker attacks were coming from, after an increased wave of attacks against government bodies and telecommunications sectors.
The coalition is actually an operations room in London staffed by security professionals from the intelligence services and private sector. The room will be equipped with a giant screen showing where in the United Kingdom hacker attacks by foreign states and criminals are centred. The initiative involves almost a dozen officers from MI5, GCHQ and MI6.
After the necessary data is gathered, it will be passed to 160 UK companies from the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP). This innovating way to share data was introduced by cabinet office Minister, who claimed that hacker attacks were happening on an industrial scale, and by sharing data and resources, they could build a better picture of cyber threats and protect private sector collectively.
The United Kingdom is going to follow the model used in Estonia, where government and businesses actively collaborate, with the CISP involving 160 large corporations. The government believes that the businesses are the biggest victims of cyber crime if we talk about industrial espionage and intellectual property theft. Moreover, losses to the British economy incurred by cyber crime are estimated in billions of pounds annually.
The experts revealed that the sharing of data follows a last-year pilot scheme dubbed “Protect Auburn”, where 80 companies from various sectors of the economy, including finance, defence, energy, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals, agreed to share information with each other. In a while, the number of companies in the pilot doubled and it turned into a permanent structure announced later.
In the meantime, in order to protect privacy and finances, the authorities have claimed that they will only pass on data upon the companies’ permission. The creation of CISP was part of a government program of cyber defence which will receive funding of £650 million over 5 years.
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|All this and a new police division dealing with Cyber crime in the UK.||
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