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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

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