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UK increases it’s cyber defence plans

June 14, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Customer Service, Cyber Security, data security, internet, Technology Companies, Uncategorized

Cyber soldiers will be stationed beside conventional troops as the UK government puts cyber attacks on an equal footing with other forms of attacks.UK increases it's cyber defence plansThe Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that it will recruit hundreds of cyber experts to shore up UK defences as part of a £650m fund set aside by the government for dealing with cyber security.

It will see a growing band of cyber experts deployed by the armed forces to protect vital networks.

Government networks receive around 20,000 malicious emails each month, around 1,000 of which are deliberately targeting them.

There has also been a flurry of attacks aimed at other sensitive targets in recent months.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Programme was announced as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in October 2010.

It will see a number of government departments working with industry and universities in order to achieve the following:

  • Reduce vulnerability to cyber espionage
  • Improve ability to detect and defend against cyber attack
  • Incorporate cyber into mainstream Defence concepts and doctrine
  • Ensure the UK’s critical infrastructure, vital government networks and service are resilient from attack.

Security firm MacAfee recently found that eight out of 10 countries around the world had had critical networks targeted by hackers during 2010.

The Stuxnet worm has become the most high profile piece of malware with the potential to harm key infrastructure as analysis of the malicious computer code suggested that it was designed to target Iran’s nuclear manufacturing facilities.

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