UK government unveils ‘cyber’ cybersecurity plan

By The Wall St. Journal – 3/27/2016 04:00:06 In a move that is likely to alarm the business community, Britain’s Government has said it will set up a “cyber security platform” to help companies protect themselves against hackers.

The government will create the Cyber Security Centre, which will be run by a consortium of government and private sector experts, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

The news came on the heels of a warning from the National Cyber Security Advisory Council that “cyberspace is increasingly a battlefield,” the newspaper reported.

A senior government official said the government’s goal was to create a platform that will “serve as a platform for the whole industry to work together to ensure that the public interest and the public benefit of the economy are protected.”

The government has previously said it wants to create the Centre, with funding from the Government Innovates and Entrepreneurship Fund, to provide an “independent, open, transparent and collaborative framework for information security” and to provide a “framework for the industry to engage with stakeholders to address vulnerabilities.”

It’s unclear what kind of cybersecurity tools the government will use to provide the platform, and whether the government intends to include any government-funded researchers in the process.

Cybersecurity has been a focus of much debate over the past few years, with cybersecurity companies such as CrowdStrike and Symantec arguing that their products are the only way to protect consumers.

The British government has been one of the few countries to publicly acknowledge the risks posed by cybersecurity, but the country’s security establishment has been criticized for not doing enough to improve the security of its networks.