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Businesses urged to step up response to cyber threats

The UK’s most senior business leaders are getting new advice on how to better tackle the growing cyber threats to their companies.


According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills currently too few company chief executives and chairs take a direct interest in protecting their businesses from cyber threats.

For the first time, Government and intelligence agencies are targeting the most senior levels in the UK’s largest companies and providing them with advice on how to safeguard their most valuable assets, such as personal data, online services and intellectual property.

The Government launched and event on Wednesday called “Cyber Security Guidance for Business”. It was attended by FTSE 100 CEOs, Ministers from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Home Office and senior figures from the intelligence agencies.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

“Cyber crime is a serious problem which affects businesses of all sizes and can have devastating consequences.

“That is why we have funded the expansion of the Police Central e-Crime Unit in the Metropolitan Police and SOCA’s Cyber Unit, and established three regional cyber specialist hubs to help combat the threat. We will build on this by introducing a dedicated cyber crime unit in the new National Crime Agency.”

The new guidance, produced by the CESG (the Information Security arm of GCHQ), BIS and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), will help the private sector minimise the risks to company assets.

The guidance builds on a key objective within the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy to work hand in hand with industry and make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do online business.

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Downloadable PDF’s

Cyber Security Guidance for Business
UK Cyber Security Strategy

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