A Certain welcome for CERT-UK

CERT-UK was launched yesterday by Francis Maude of the Cabinet Office. It’s the national Computer Emergency Response Team and will take the lead in coordinating the management of national cyber security incidents and will act as the UK central contact point for international counterparts in this field. It will work closely with industry, government and academia to enhance UK cyber resilience.

Whilst this all sound a little esoteric a visit to their website gives a much more practical impression with eg their “Latest Alert” being End of support for Microsoft Windows XP

They list as their four main objectives:

  • The UK to tackle cyber crime and be one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyberspace
  • The UK to be more resilient to cyber attacks and better able to protect our interests in cyberspace
  • The UK to have helped share an open, stable and vibrant cyberspace which the UK public can use safely and that supports open societies
  • The UK to have the cross-cutting knowledge, skills and capability it needs to underpin all our cyber security objectives.

 and their four main responsibilities (which  flow from the UK’s Cyber Security Strategy) as:

  • National Cyber Security Incident Management.
  • Support to Critical National Infrastructure companies to handle cyber security incidents.
  • Promoting cyber security situational awareness across industry, academia, and the public sector.
  • Providing the single international point of contact for co-ordination and collaboration between national CERTs.

The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) is also now a part of CERT-UK

 A useful addition to the UK Namespace – for comparison purposes a visit to the US-CERT is worthwhile.

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