Thursday, 23 May 2013

Government launching new cyber security squad


The Coalition has announced plans to create two new cyber security teams, which will look to strengthen the nation’s virtual defences.

Two new teams will be created to bolster the nation’s virtual defence, said the Coalition.

In a statement written recently to Parliament, the new squad will be created for the ministry of Defence (MoD). The minister for the cabinet office, Francis Maude stated that "attacks on government departments continue to increase”.  The UK’s Cyber Security Strategy got a powerful boost thanks to the £650 million investment in the nation’s digital infrastructure last year.

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A cyber security squad

Maude, promises to “Improve national co-ordination of cyber incidents and act as a focus point for international sharing of technical information on cyber security” . In addition to this, a Cyber incident Response scheme was launched by GCHQ’s information assurance arm CESG and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) earlier this year, which will be equipped to help the new force.

Maude stated that the cyber reserve will “draw on the wider talent and skills of the nation in the cyber field”, and will not use the armed forces unless needed. “The exact composition is currently in development and a detailed announcement will follow in 2013”.

In a document from the Cabinet Office, it states that “The Services will engage additional experts to support their work in defending against the growth in cyber threats. These will be supporting roles to the Joint Cyber Units across the full spectrum of cyber and information assurance capability.  A series of events are being held with industry on how the scheme will work”.

Industry watchers have welcomed the two initiatives. Raj Samani, UK CTO for security firm McAfee, said the squad would help fill the public sector skills gap when it came to cyber issues. “From the cyber perspective, of course ideally we would all want a full time ready and able cyber team capable of addressing the issues facing the UK,” Samani told TechWeekEurope.

He added, “However with the cyber security skills shortage facing all sectors, such an approach is absolutely necessary until we are able to have this full time capability.  This of course places greater dependency on the need for cyber security training and getting the skills of reservists at the right consistent level. What this, and the new national CERT really emphasizes, however, is the need for a strong public-private partnership.  Not only in terms of providing resources, but also the intelligence in terms of a real-time and global perspective necessary in understanding the threats facing the UK.”

A permanent information sharing environment is going to be set up called CISP (no not CISSP for you security professionals out there). CISP stands for the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership . Maude said that his one is now in place since January. He stated that “attacks on government departments continue to increase”, so the

Industry experts and the government worked together on CISP, which will be open to critical national infrastructure sectors. Others will be able to have it later on in the year. Furthermore, the joint ‘Cyber Growth Partnership’, a representative body for the UK technology industry, was announced. This will consist of a “high level group which will identify how to support the growth of the UK cyber security industry, with an emphasis on increasing exports. In line with Government targets, at least 25% of GCHQ’s procurement budget is to be spent through SMEs to gain access to the vibrant innovation of these firms.” Said the government to confirm they will be increasing the proportion of cyber security contracts going to SMEs. 

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