[ISN] UK in bad shape to fend off cyber attacks

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Date: Wed Oct 24 2001 - 00:18:53 PDT

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    By James Middleton
    An alliance has been formed between the Information Assurance Advisory
    Council (IAAC) and the Institute for Communications Arbitration and
    Forensics (ICAF) to promote improved understanding of cyber-security.
    The move comes after research, conducted by ICAF and the
    Communications Management Association, into how fit UK plc was to
    fight cyber-attacks, found some "disturbing" results.
    "Since the events of 11 September and their aftermath, the need for
    improved security of information and the means by which it is
    delivered has moved to a new level of significance," said Professor
    Graham Robinson, chief executive of ICAF.
    The alliance explained that the UK is in poor shape to fight
    cyber-attack, whether from inside or outside the organisation or
    across private and public sectors, in terms of the extent of the
    threat present when contrasted with the serious and widespread lack of
    corporate priority, investment and skilled resources.
    Dr Andrew Rathmell, chief executive of IAAC, said the alliance would
    be working with security, legal, academic and other professionals to
    ensure that best practice in information assurance is widely
    He said the partnership's programme of activity includes measures to
    promote security awareness and education both in the industry and
    amongst security practitioners. It also aims to educate UK
    policy-makers to understand the future needs of the 'Information
    Both IAAC and ICAF hope that the new alliance will underline a
    recognition of the growing importance of information assurance to the
    networked information and communications sector.
    The partnership will be dedicated to "ensuring that the information
    infrastructure, on which UK organisations and citizens are
    increasingly reliant, is secure against threat from terrorist attack,
    criminal violation and internal abuse".
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