Keeping the UK safe from Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks are happening now, originating from many countries around the world targeting communication disruption, industrial espionage, intellectual property theft and security.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, this week launched a new government and industry partnership to share information and intelligence on cyber security threats.
The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) delivers a key component of the UK’s cyber security strategy in facilitating the sharing of information on cyber threats in order to make UK businesses more secure in cyberspace. This follows a successful pilot scheme launched by the Prime Minister which included over 160 companies across a range of UK sectors.
The partnership includes the introduction of a secure virtual ‘collaboration environment’ where government and industry partners can exchange information on threats and vulnerabilities in real-time. The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership will be complemented by a ‘Fusion Cell’ which will be supported on the government side by the Security Service, GCHQ and the National Crime Agency, and by industry analysts from a variety of sectors. They will work together to produce an enhanced picture of cyber threats facing the UK for the benefit of all partners.If you would like to find out more about the CISP or if you are interested in applying to join, please contact

There ar some interesting online monitors which show the number of attacks that are happening now. This site from Deutsche Telekom,, provides an overview of live global cyber attack activity, taking data from Deutsche Telekom’s honeypot sensors located around the world. It is good to see that the UK is not showing in list of the top 15 of countries that source cyber attacks. Lets keep it that way.

Another site showing interesting data is Akamai, their real-time web monitor shows web performance and cyber attacks that are occurring around the world. The site also shows interesting regional net usage data which can be presented by “industry type” users.

A recent National Audit Office report has put the cost of cyber crime to the UK as ranging from £18 to £27 billion per annum.
Cyber attacks are one of the top four threats to UK national security alongside international terrorism (National Security Strategy 2010). A re-assessment in 2012 has maintained this categorisation.

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