UK cybersecurity plan a 'promising step' but with risks

Posted in: Government & Policy at 26/11/2011 16:48

The UK government has today released its 2011 Cyber Security Strategy.

With an increased focus on cybercrime, and renewed focus on cyberspace as an engine of economic and social prosperity, the strategy continues to hone Whitehall's understanding of this vibrant, complex and increasingly global domain.

Many of the strategy objectives - in particular those related to securing critical infrastructure - will require close engagement with the private sector.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15893773

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A new police Cyber Crime Unit is to be set up to protect Britain against the growing threat of attacks on the internet and in electronic communications.

Alongside the law enforcement unit, a new Joint Cyber Unit at the Government's GCHQ eavesdropping centre will develop the UK's military capabilities in cyberspace, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-to-set-up-cyber-crime-unit-6267831.html

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/nov/25/gchq-british-firms-expertise-cybercrime

GCHQ to take hub role in UK cybersecurity
GCHQ will play a larger role in protecting businesses from cyberattacks, under a new cybersecurity strategy announced by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maide.

The Cheltenham-based agency will get an infusion of hundreds of millions of pounds to fund its larger role in the UK's cyber-defence, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in announcing the The UK Cyber Security Strategy. It will have a key role in a new cybersecurity 'hub' that will be set up as a brokerage for the public and private sectors to exchange information about threats and technologies.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/security/2011/11/25/gchq-to-take-hub-role-in-uk-cybersecurity-40094512/

Criminals and cyber bullies to be banned from the web
Criminals who commit offences online and cyber bullies will be banned from the internet as part of the Government's new cyber security strategy, announced today.

It calls for police and courts to make more use of existing "cyber sanctions" to restrict access to the social networks and instant messaging services in cases of hacking, fraud and online bullying. Sex offenders and those convicted of harrassment or anti-social behaviour also face more internet restrictions under the new strategy.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/8915245/Criminals-and-cyber-bullies-to-be-banned-from-the-web.html

Cybercriminals face internet ban
Cyber-stalkers, fraudsters and other criminals could be banned from accessing the internet, under proposals being considered by the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.

As part of the UK's Cyber Security Strategy, the government may broaden the scope of how it can enforce Serious Crime Prevention Orders to block criminals, sex offenders and others from accessing the internet, it announced on Friday.
http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/mapping-babel-10017967/cybercriminals-face-internet-ban-10024878/

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