Conservatives Promise To Improve Cyber Security Operations Center

The Conservative Party has vowed to beef up the nation’s cyber security infrastructure if it wins the upcoming general election, as quoted in the party’s green paper on national security.

The Tories pledged to set up a Cyber Threat and Assessment Centre (CTAC) to function as a standalone reporting and tackling all incidents pertaining to cyber security of the country.

The Party noted in the green paper that the centre would come high on the heels of Cyber Security Operations Centre announced last year by the UK government, and it would intend to offer “a common operating picture, threat assessment and situational awareness to users”.

Going by its slogan for the upcoming elections - “we can’t go on like this” - the Conservative Party slammed the existing Operations Centre, which is not operational yet, for its ability to analyse the cyber threats instead of taking action against them.

Discussing about the new centre, the paper quoted: “It will act as the single reporting point for all cyber-related incidents. This will lay the foundation for the development of a National Operations Centre able to respond to cyber events.”

In addition, the Tories further promised to do away with the identity card system, and instead adopt the Scotland’s DNA retention identification model in the UK.

Our Comments

The CTAC is a pivotal tool for the future of digital Britain. This is especially true in the lights of what has happened to Google and 20 or so companies worldwide last week. Just like the UK Border Agency, the country also needs to police its virtual frontiers as well.

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