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Willets says the UK cyber security business could boost British economy

Speaking at Infosec in London today
Tue Apr 24 2012, 14:33

UK MINISTER for universities and science David Willets has said he believes the cyber security business sector has potential to help boost the British economy.

Speaking at the 2012 Infomation Security conference in London today, Willets said he is keen to get to know "this crucial business sector better" because "if we can get it right, this is a fantastic growth opportunity for British economy".

UK mp David Willets at Infosec 2012

Willets made this optimistic claim while reinforcing that cyber security is not solely a government responsibility. He said the private sector has just as important a role to play alongside the public sector because it owns and runs the infrastructure that cyber space depends upon.

"Many businesses support our national infrastructure, so public private partnerships are essential," he said.

Willets also highlighted that the UK is in "a very fortunate" position in terms of its intelligent relationship with business and having a range of strong companies providing cyber security services and products.

"What sets us apart from many other countries is that we don't treat cyber defence as a solely military issue," he said. "So what we want to do is build on [our] strengths and grow as a vibrant UK cyber security sector - helping businesses protect their operations, their intellectual property and their customers," he added. µ

 

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