Skip to main content

UK Government To Launch US-Like Cybersecurity Center

The UK government is gearing up to launch a national cybersecurity centre to deal with soaring threats of hacking attacks from foreign states as well as criminal gangs.

Gordon Brown is likely to announce details of the move sometime around later this month in an attempt to check foreign states and cybercriminals breaking into government and business IT infrastructure, reported The Guardian.

Emulating US President Barack Obama's announcement of a new cybersecurity mechanism to safeguard IT infrastructure in the US, Brown is said to devise a similar strategy tailored to safeguard UK's IT systems against unauthorised intrusions.

The UK government is said to be working with the US and Canada to co-ordinate effectively in operations against online attacks by criminal gangs and foreign states.

The new move, which reportedly forms the centrepiece of the government's updated national Security Strategy, marks a U-turn in its security strategy to handle cybercrime, which until now has been handled by a shadowy group linked to various security agencies and intentionally kept low profile.

Incidentally, the head of MI5 Jonathan Evans has cautioned that several banks, accounting and legal firms in UK are under attack from “Chinese state organisations” since 2007. In addition to China, Western governments further suspect North Korea and Russia for sponsoring cyber attacks against them.

Our Comments

Ironically, although the United Kingdom is geographically nearer to mainland Europe, Gordon Brown has preferred to copy the US-style Cybersecurity Center rather than committing himself more to Europe's current initiative (Critical Information Infrastructure Protection) and back Viviane Reading's call for a Mr Cyber Security in Europe.

Related Links

UK to get national cybersecurity centre

(Computer Weekly)

UK set for national cyber-security centre


Whitehall plans new cyber security centre to deter foreign hackers


Cyber defence centre in the works

(Public Service)

UK set for cyber security centre

(Press Association) to create central cybersecurity agency

(The Register)

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.