[ISN] Whitehall plans new cyber security centre to deter foreign hackers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 03:09:33 -0500 (CDT)

By David Hencke
Westminster correspondent
14 June 2009 

A national cyber security centre to combat the growing threat of 
criminal gangs and foreign states hacking into Whitehall and big 
business is to be announced this month by the prime minister.

The centre will be the main theme of a revised national security 
strategy paper from No 10 which will place much greater emphasis on 
tackling the threat.

The organisation will be similar to an agency being created by Barack 
Obama who is appointing a cyber tsar to fight what the US president 
referred to last month as " weapons of mass disruption".

Britain has been holding talks with the US and Canada to co-ordinate 
operations against cyber attacks by foreign powers and terrorists.

The latest initiative is being developed in parallel to the Americans 
and follows a warning from Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, of the need to 
tackle the threat.


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