UK Govern­ment un­veils CERT UK


The Govern­ment has un­veiled that the UK Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse Team (CERT UK) will form a key part of the UK’s cy­ber de­fence strat­egy. Please see the com­ment be­low from Martin Suther­land, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of BAE Sys­tems Ap­plied In­tel­li­gence wel­com­ing the launch.

“The cy­ber threat is con­stantly evolv­ing and pre­sent­ing the se­cu­rity com­mu­nity with new chal­lenges. Highly so­phis­ti­cated groups of ad­ver­saries— whether crim­i­nal or state-spon­sored— are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly well or­gan­ised and de­vel­op­ing ever more com­plex tools with which to at­tack their tar­gets. There has rarely been such a far-reach­ing men­ace with the abil­ity to threaten ev­ery as­pect of so­ci­ety—crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, busi­ness, and the econ­omy as a whole.

“In the face of this, it is vi­tal that the govern­ment takes a strong lead and pro­vides an ef­fi­cient in­fra­struc­ture that al­lows the se­cu­rity com­mu­nity to col­lab­o­rate and share vi­tal in­for­ma­tion. It’s only by work­ing to­gether that we will rise to the chal­lenge the cy­ber threat pre­sents and the es­tab­lish­ment of CERT UK is a pos­i­tive step for­ward, which em­pha­sises the im­por­tance of ef­fec­tive in­ci­dent re­sponse and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing to pro­tect vi­tal UK as­sets. CERT UK will also be valu­able in in­creas­ing in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion on cy­ber in­ci­dents.

“To achieve these goals it’s es­sen­tial that CERT UK de­vel­ops a clear and ef­fec­tive model for in­dus­try en­gage­ment, both in terms of the pri­vate sec­tor as a whole and cy­ber se­cu­rity sup­pli­ers specif­i­cally. We look for­ward to work­ing closely with our part­ners in govern­ment, through our roles in the Cy­ber In­ci­dent Re­sponse Scheme and the Cy­ber Se­cu­rity In­for­ma­tion Shar­ing Part­ner­ship, to en­sure that the new in­fra­struc­ture pro­vide by CERT UK is as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble.”

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