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Volume: 3 Issue: 2
(February 2017)

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UK initiative to assist firms in understanding cyber threats

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, announced the creation of Industry 100, an initiative that invites private sector organisations to embed staff into the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (‘NCSC’) to develop a clearer understanding of cyber threats faced by the UK, at the official opening of the NCSC on 14 February 2017.

“Much of the critical infrastructure in the UK is in the private sector,” said Andrew Moir, Partner and Head of Global Cyber Security at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Departments across the NCSC will identify roles, of which there will be 100 in total, where they require industry expertise and then post the relevant advertisements on the NCSC website, allowing organisations to apply to embed a person in these secondments as an ‘integree.’ “Given that the nature of threats to different industries can be very diverse, by seconding staff into the NCSC the Industry 100 aims to promote knowledge sharing both into and out of the NCSC to reduce cyber risk across the board,” adds Moir.

Although only recently officially opened, the NCSC was launched in October 2016 and brings together the Centre for Cyber Assessment (‘CCA’), Computer Emergency Response Team UK (‘CERT-UK’) and Communications-Electronics Security Group (‘CESG’), GCHQ’s information security arm. “Bringing all the various bodies together will enable a more focused approach to defending the UK from the ever-increasing cyber threat,” believes Moir.

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