UK introduces cyber response scheme

Two new schemes have been launched in the UK, designed to give organisations the tools they need to respond effectively to cyber security attacks.

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, CESG and the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers formally launched the initiative, which will give companies access to response and clean-up services in the event of a breach.

Each of the providers has been government-assured, with the intention of freeing up major organisations such as GCHQ – or the Government Communications Headquarters – so they can deal with the most challenging attacks.

Minister for cyber security Chloe Smith said the threats facing UK businesses are growing both in terms of number and sophistication.

"The best defence for organisations is to have processes and measures in place to prevent attacks getting through, but we also have to recognise that there will be times when attacks do penetrate our systems and organisations want to know who they can reliably turn to for help," added the expert.

Having access to these new schemes will help businesses not only stay ahead when it comes to vulnerability management, but also ensure they are able to get back up and running in the wake of an attack.

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