THE UK GOVERNMENT has launched the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP), signing up defence contractors such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Rolls Royce and Thales alongside IT vendors such as BT and HP.
The DCPP's aim is to improve protection against cyber crime within the UK defence industry. The DCPP, created by the UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, has enrolled nine contractors including prominent defence contractors and two IT vendors including BT and HP.
The DCPP will "identify and implement actions" that will protect its members and the wider UK defence industry against cyber threats. The group will also categorise security threats and develop a system that allows different levels of control at various points in defence contractors' supply chains.
Philip Dunne, the minister for defence equipment, support and technology said, "I'm absolutely delighted by the level of commitment shown by the participating companies in helping us to build our national resilience against cyber attack, and I look forward to more of our key contractors coming on board.
"This is a clear demonstration that government and industry can work together - sharing information, experience and expertise - to make sure we do everything we can to protect these critical networks, ensuring that the business of Defence is robustly protected."
The DCPP said it will share threat intelligence with other industries and the government through the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership. DCPP chairman Vic Leverett talked up the benefits of defence firms collaborating rather than keeping information to themselves.
In recent years a number of defence contractors have claimed that state sponsored cyber attacks have resulted in trade secrets being stolen. The UK government hopes that collaboration between defence contractors will lead to fewer embarrassing security breaches in the future. µ