UK cyber security centre to launch

News by Mark Mayne

No 10 to unveil 'widened' US-style cyber security strategy within weeks

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown will announce the launch of a national cyber security centre later this month.

The centre is set to be the main theme of a revised national security strategy paper which will set out a series of methods to combat the rising levels of online attacks on big business and government departments.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office denied that the move was a governmental policy u-turn, as Guardian reports alleged, and confirmed that announcements will be made within weeks.

“This is not a u-turn for the government”, he said, “this [cyber security] work was previously handled by an office related to the security services, and it will now be widened out.”

The move comes just weeks after US president Obama faced the cameras to announce the creation of a cyber czar role, as well as a series of other steps designed to address online crime.

Obama said that while acts of online terror had become “a weapon of mass disruption", western powers such as the US are "not as prepared as we should be".

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