Posted on 25/11/2011
Academics from Royal Holloway, University of London have been recruited into a network run by British intelligence agency, GCHQ, to combat new waves of security breaches and cyber crime.
The UK has been subjected to millions of cyber attacks in the past two years. The Government alone is victim to more than 1,000 targeted attacks and 20,000 more general ones every week.
As part of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, which was launched today (25 November), it is working with The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to help the private sector protect itself.
GCHQ has approached academics from the Information Security Group (ISG) at Royal Holloway to use their expertise to help solve operational problems - such as how to stop an attack before it is triggered - and also to offer long-term strategic analysis.
The universities of Lancaster, Glamorgan and De Montfort have also been approached.
Professor Keith Martin, Director of ISG at Royal Holloway, said: “The department has long recognised that cyber security is an issue that can only be tackled by co-operation between academia, industry and government, both at a national and international level.
“We welcome the many current initiatives by the UK Government to promote and address the challenges presented by cyber security threats and look forward to continued engagement through our cyber security research activities, provision of cyber security education programmes and advisory services.”
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude was interviewed as part of Sky New’s coverage of the story. He said the new network would foster greater co-operation between the public and private sectors and enable them to share information about cyber attacks.
"We want Britain to be a great place to do internet business, both with lots of opportunity but also the best levels of security that we can manage," he added.