This site uses cookies to provide you with a more responsive and personalised service. By using this site you agree to our use of cookies. Please read our cookie notice for more information on the cookies we use and how to delete or block them.

Bookmark Email Print page

Ministers launch ‘cyber health check’

The Government has launched a new project encouraging companies to review their cyber security arrangements

Friday 26 July 2013

Ministers launch ‘cyber health check’Government plans to launch a new health check scheme for FTSE 350 businesses in relation to cyber governance have been welcomed by a Deloitte security expert.

The Cyber Governance Health Check, developed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in collaboration with specialists from MI5 and GCHQ, encourages business leaders to review how effectively they are protecting things like customer information and intellectual property with the help of a questionnaire.

Once the findings from the firms which make up the FTSE 350 have been collated, companies will be given the chance to compare their own performance with that of their peers.

It is hoped that chairmen and others at the very top of businesses will complete the questionnaires, in order to highlight the importance of cyber security.

Heavyweight backing
The letter issued to each member of the FTSE 350 has been signed by MI5 director general Andrew Parker, GCHQ director Iain Lobban, and the Government’s universities minister, David Willetts.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the message suggests that the reputations and revenues of UK firms could be jeopardised by the actions of cyber attackers.

Positive action
Mike Maddison, EMEA head of security and privacy services at Deloitte, said the scheme will seek to understand just how prepared UK firms are, in terms of cyber security risks, at board level.

He added that Deloitte supports the implementation of the project as cyber threats have become “one of the four major risks to national security”.

Mr Maddison said: 
“The Cyber Tracker is a positive step from the Government to raise the awareness of cyber threats as a strategic risk at board level. As a nation we need to work together to make the UK a more attractive and secure place to do business.”

‘Effective response needed’
In a bid to improve their awareness of cyber security risks, the commentator said companies should adopt an “end-to-end approach” which stretches from the computer network they operate right up to boardroom level.

He said it is important that firms effectively respond to security breaches, while preparing adequately for them.

Copyright Press Association 2013

Related links

  • Cyber Security. Evolved.
    The rapid pace of change in technology has provided huge opportunities for organisations to develop new models, services and products. Our flexible, pragmatic and independent approach to managing cyber security means that we work with organisations – from network to boardroom – to address constantly changing threats. We ensure that our clients can continue to take advantage of the benefits of digital business without worrying about the potential pitfalls.

Share this page

Email this Send to LinkedIn Send to Facebook Tweet this More sharing options

Get in touch

More on Deloitte