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National Cyber Security Centre to shift UK to ‘active’ defence

September 19th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
National Cyber Security Centre to shift UK to 'active' defence ilicomm Technology Solutions

The head of the UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has detailed plans to move the UK to “active cyber-defence”, to better protect government networks and improve the UK’s overall security.

The strategy update by NCSC chief exec Ciaran Martin comes just weeks before the new centre is due to open next month and days after the publication of a damning report by the National Audit Office into the UK government’s current approach to digital security.

Martin called for the “development of lawful and carefully governed offensive cyber capabilities to combat and deter the most aggressive threats”.

Active cyber defence means hacking back against attackers to disrupt assaults, in US parlance at least. Martin defined the approach more narrowly as “where the government takes specific action with industry to address large-scale, non-sophisticated attacks”.

During his speech at the Billington Cyber Security Summit in Washington DC, NCSC’s Martin also floated the idea of sharing government network security tools such as DNS filters with private-sector ISPs, as previously reported.

Security vendors praised the UK government’s more pro-active approach to cybersecurity, arguing it’s (if anything) overdue.

Copyright: theregister.co.uk

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