‘Foreign cyber reconnaissance’ underway in UK

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/04/cyber_security_strategy/

By John Leyden The Register 4th December 2012

Foreign states may already have used malware to map the networks that support the UK’s critical infrastructure systems, the government admitted.

The admission by government officials came in the run-up to a parliamentary statement by Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, marking the first anniversary of the UK’s government’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

Maude highlighted future work on a new UK National Computer Emergency Response team, further work on education and skills, Cyber Reservists for the MoD and a partnership with the private sector to boost the cyber security sector in the UK. He pointed out that the private sector is the largest economic victim of crime-crime, such as IP theft, and from economic espionage perpetrated through cyberspace, as well as highlighting efforts to improvement the protection of the UK’s critical infrastructure in a written statement to parliament on Monday (3 December).

“We have invested in new and unique capabilities for GCHQ to identify and analyse hostile cyber attacks in order to protect our core networks and services and support the UK’s wider cyber security mission,” Maude said. “I cannot reveal details of this work, but it has broadened and deepened our understanding of the threat, helping us prioritise and direct defensive efforts.”

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