UK Government and Leading Defence Companies Launch Defence Cyber Security Partnership

Last week, the British Government launched the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership and we are pleased to say that Cassidian Ltd, including Cassidian CyberSecurity, are one of those companies within the partnership.

The Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP) aims to meet the ermerging threat to the UK defence supply chain by;

  • Increasing awareness of Cyber risks
  • Sharing threat intelligence
  • Defining risk-driven approaches to applying cyber security standards

The partnership includes the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Ministry of Defence (MOD) and nine companies, British Aerospace, BT, CGI, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Selex ES, Thales and Cassidian.

The Chairman of DCPP, Mr Vic Leverett said, “This is an issue which demands a concerted and coordinated approach between Government and Industry and the DCPP is a critical component of this. Collaboration between industries and with Government has been first class, reflecting the joint commitment to succeed with our 2013 objectives. The whole is proving to be significantly better than the sum of the parts.”

Andrew Beckett, MD of Regency IT Consulting says “The biggest challenge is to persuade small businesses to report attacks without fearing that their reputations and share prices will suffer. This partnership agreement takes our approach to tackling cyber crime to a new level in that it is a clear indication from the government that more needs to be done to not just increase awareness but to also share valuable threat intelligence. Our biggest challenge is to educate and gain the confidence of small businesses to persuade them to report cyber attacks as there is still a reluctance to do so for fear that it could harm the reputation of their business in some way.”

Cyber attacks are one of the top four threats to UK national security alongside international terrorism (National Security Strategy 2010). A re-assessment in 2012 has maintained this categorisation. The Cyber Security Strategy, published in November 2011, sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public’s way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment. It recognises the need for Government and Industry to work in partnership. The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP), launched in May 2013, addresses sharing basic threat intelligence. The DCPP supports CISP focussing on highly sophisticated targeted attacks and adds risk driven standards and supply chain awareness.

A full press release on the Defence News website can be found here

HM Governments Cyber Security Strategy can be found here

Regency IT Consulting, the consultancy arm of Cassidian CyberSecurity, will play a major role in this partnership and we hope to positively contribute to its success. For more information on the services offered by Regency, please contact us.