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UK starts a computer emergency response team to tackle cyber crime

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Tue Apr 01 2014, 10:17

THE UNITED KINGDOM has opened its national Computer Emergency Response Team, Cert-UK.

Cert-UK will lead management of cyber security threats and will function as a hub for sage and considered security response thinking. It was launched by cyber security minister Francis Maude, who painted it as a cyber saviour.

"We know government cannot do everything by itself. Cert-UK shows we want closer coordination between government, business and academia to share insight and advice, as well as better cooperation with our international partners," said Maude.

"The job of protecting our security will never be done - it will always be a work in progress. But, from today, Cert-UK means we are better prepared, better informed, better connected and ultimately more resilient."

Cert-UK has been some time coming, and perhaps anyone that has been affected by the lack of UK cyber security has spent the intervening time walking around in circles banging into things.

Now that it's been launched, Cert-UK will work with computer emergency response teams in other countries, will promote "cyber security situational awareness" and will work with utility companies and UK enterprises on cyber security protection.

Chris Gibson, director of Cert-UK, is in no doubt about the impact that the organisation will have, and used the word "milestone".

"The launch of Cert-UK is a milestone in the development of the UK's cyber security capabilities helping the UK to become more resilient," he said.

"Cert-UK will build on existing arrangements for supporting the critical national infrastructure, and incorporate the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership which was launched last year and has proved extremely effective as a means of collaborating between industry and government." µ


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