Telecoms and top defence firms to join cyber-security war in the UK
Top defence and telecom firms join UK cyber security war
Britain is teaming up with nine of the world’s biggest weapon makers and telecoms providers to bolster the country’s cyber security, aiming to tackle the increasing threat of hacking and other such attacks.
Reuters8:09AM BST 05 Jul 2013CommentsComments
BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, BT Group, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard are among companies that will team up with government to share information on tackling cyber threats, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.
Britain made cyber security one of its top national defence priorities in 2010, citing the growing menace of digital attacks from criminals and state-sponsored overseas groups.
The government and industry networks suffer from about 70 sophisticated cyber attacks a month, with 15pc of that against the defence sector, said GCHQ, the government spy centre which is also involved in the scheme.
The partnership also comes as contractors such as BAE build up their cyber businesses in anticipation of rising demand from governments and companies, at a time when demand for equipment suffers in defence budget cuts.
The so-called Defence Cyber Protection Partnership will look to implement controls and share threat intelligence to increase the security of the defence supply chain.
“This is a clear demonstration that government and industry can work together – sharing information, experience and expertise” said Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne.
Other companies in the partnership are Finmeccanica’s Selex unit, EADS’s Cassidian arm, Thales, and CGI Group.