UK teams with defence and telecom companies on cyber security

Nine of the world’s biggest weapon makers and telecoms providers are teaming up with Britain to bolster the country’s cyber security, aiming to tackle the increasing threat of hacking and other such attacks.

Britain made cyber security one of its top national defence priorities in 2010, citing the growing menace of digital attacks from criminals and state-sponsored overseas groups.

BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard are among companies that will team up with government to share information on tackling cyber threats, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

The country’s government and industry networks suffer from about 70 sophisticated cyber attacks a month, with 15 percent of that against the defence sector, said GCHQ, the government spy centre which is also involved in the scheme.

SOURCE: uk.reuters.com

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