UK builds up alert network

The government is planning a scheme to help UK organisations fend off electronic attacks

The government plans to roll out an early warning system for digital attacks to all local authorities next April, paving the way for a national resource extending to the private sector.

Because of the increase in online attacks, the government is pushing for the development of a country-wide network of inter-connected advisory units, called Warning, Advice & Reporting Points (Warps). Each Warp will be made up of groupings of organisations with a shared interest.

According to experts, this type of information-sharing network could help firms improve their security practices. Ben Brierley of trade body Intellect said, "It gets the right information to the right people." He added that subscribing to such a unit could prove more cost-effective than some of the larger schemes available. "You can get information about the specific tools and systems in use within your community."

News source: vnunet.com

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