December 6, 2016

Britain Publishes its New Cyber Security Strategy

(LiveHacking.Com) – The United Kingdom has published its new Cyber Security Strategy subtitled “Protecting and promoting the UK in a digital world.” The strategy comes after the UK hosted an International Cyber Security conference in London last month.

The UK makes more money on the Internet than it does out of agriculture and the government is forecasting that there will be 365,000 new Internet related jobs over the next five years.

“While the internet is undoubtedly a force for social and political good, as well as crucial to the growth of our economy, we need to protect against the threats to our security,” said Prime Minister David Cameron. “Cyber security is a top priority for government and we will continue to work closely with the police, security services, international partners and the private sector to ensure that the UK remains one of the most secure places in the world to do business.”

As part of the strategy the UK government want to create a cyber security ‘hub’ that will allow the Government and the private sector to exchange actionable information on cyber threats and manage the response to cyber attacks. Five business sectors – defence, telecoms, finance, pharmaceuticals and energy will take part in a pilot that will begin in December.

They are also looking a ways to use GCHQ’s world-class expertise in cyber security in the commercial sector. Since GCHQ is part of the UK’s security services this needs to be done without compromising the agency’s core security and intelligence mission. This move is quite radical and can be likened to the American government opening the doors to the NSA.

To tackling cyber crime, the strategy sets out plans to expand the number of specialists in the Police force who are trained in cyber crime and to create a new cyber crime unit. The new unit will help deal with the most serious national-level cyber crimes and to be part of the response to major national incidents.

There are also plans to create a new Defence Cyber Operations Group with in the Ministry of Defence. The group will develop new tactics, techniques and plans to deliver military cyber capabilities.

You can download a copy of the strategy here.

Disturbing Number of Cyber-attacks Aimed at UK

(LiveHacking.Com) – Iain Lobban, director of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has reported that a “significant but unsuccessful” cyber-attack was made on the Foreign Office and other government departments this summer.

Originally writing in the UK newspaper The Times, the director of the government’s listening centre said that the “disturbing” number of cyber-attacks on the government, industry and private individuals was a threat to the “continued economic wellbeing” of the UK.

“I can attest to attempts to steal British ideas and designs – in the IT, technology, defence, engineering and energy sectors, as well as other industries – to gain commercial advantage or to profit from secret knowledge of contractual arrangements,” said Lobban. “Such intellectual property theft doesn’t just cost the companies concerned. It represents an attack on the UK’s continued economic wellbeing.”

Lobban’s article was published to coincide with the UK London Cyber Conference which starts today (Nov 1) in London. The conference is hosted by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and it was planned that Hilary Clinton would talk at the conference. However she has had to cancel as her mother has fallen ill. Mr Hague tweeted earlier today that:

Very sorry that #SecClinton won’t be able to attend #LondonCyber today. My best wishes to her and her family at this time

The cyber-attacks on the UK targeted sensitive data on government computers, along with defence, technology and engineering firms’ designs.

Lobban also added: “Criminals are using cyberspace to extort money and steal identities, as well as exploit the vulnerable. Increasingly sophisticated techniques target individuals. We are witnessing the development of a global criminal market place – a parallel black economy where cyber dollars are traded in exchange for UK citizens’ credit card details. Tackling cyber crime matters and it is a very real threat to our prosperity.”