The UK will be better protected from hostile cyber-attacks and online threats like disinformation and cyber-bullying through a new government-backed partnership with industry, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced on Friday.
Specifically, HMG is partnering with chipmaker Arm in a project to develop new hardware technologies more resistant to cyber threats – an initiative backed by £36 million in public funding.
The next phase of the government’s Digital Security by Design scheme, which also includes Google and Microsoft, the idea is to try and prevent hackers from remotely taking control of computer systems, as well as targeting cyber-attacks and breaches.
If that can be achieved, Leadsom and her team are claiming, that would mean “more businesses providing online services are better protected [and it] will also create new business opportunities and help boost productivity”.
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“Cyber-attacks can have a particularly nasty impact on businesses, from costing them thousands of pounds in essential revenue to reputational harm,” said the Minister.
“Cyber-criminals operate in the shadows, with the severity, scale and complexity of breaches constantly evolving. It’s critical that we are ahead of the game and developing new technologies and methods to confront future threats, supporting our businesses and giving them peace of mind to deliver their products and services safely.
“Investing in our world-leading researchers and businesses to develop better defence systems [also] makes good business and security sense.”
The government is also supporting a new ‘Prosperity Partnership’ between Toshiba Research Europe, University of Bristol and GCHQ to develop more resilient wireless networks through new techniques to detect future threats and mitigate their effects – including financial extortion, terrorism and damaging or destroying established systems.