Cassidian Selected for UK National Authority Cyber Incident Response Pilot.


Cassidian CyberSecurity has been named as one of four commercial cyber security companies chosen to work with the UK IA National Technical Authority on a new Cyber Incident Response scheme.  The pilot scheme was announced earlier this month by CESG, the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ and the Government’s National Technical Authority for IA, in conjunction with CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.)

This announcement is a clear indication of Cassidian CyberSecurity’s credibility and strength in the market and presents an opportunity to become a dominant presence in the emerging cyber-incident response industry.  Andrew Beckett, Head of Consultancy and Professional Services for Cassidian CyberSecurity and Managing Director of Regency IT Consulting, commented: “Cassidian’s selection for participation in this pilot scheme recognises both the quality of work we deliver and our class leading ability to analyse and report advanced malware attacks.”

Cassidian CyberSecurity will also be able to use the CESG certification logo on marketing materials/web sites, providing reassurance and confidence for customers seeking an expert service.

Companies were selected to participate in the Cyber Incident Response pilot based on their industry track record and existing knowledge base.  Cassidian CyberSecurity has extensive experience of providing Incident Response and Remediation support services to help organisations identify and recover from cyber attacks and has developed a unique cyber intelligence capability.

Over the past decade cyber attacks and the dangers posed by Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), have become a major concern for governments and industry alike.  Earlier this year Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, described the amount of hostile activity generated by foreign states in cyberspace as “astonishing”; remarking that such an attack on a major listed British company recently had cost it £800m in lost potential revenues.  The UK Cabinet Office, in conjunction with Detica, estimate the annual cost of cybercrime in the UK to be a staggering £27bn.

The aim is to develop the Cyber Incident Response scheme to allow organisations to be certified by CESG/CPNI to work on networks belonging to government and critical UK industries. In the event of a cyber attack, institutions in the public and private sector would then be able to seek help from a certified company; with the reassurance they will receive a secure and professional response.

Our congratulations go to the Cassidian CyberSecurity consultancy team for their hard work in achieving an incident response capability so highly developed that it can be relied upon and certified at the highest level.  The pilot phase of the scheme was launched on 7th November and runs until the end of February 2013.  Further details of the scheme and Cassidian CyberSecurity’s service are available from Andrew Beckett.