National Cyber Security Centre begins Operations

The new National Cyber Security Centre began its first day of operations on Monday 3rd October.  In a speech by Ciaran Martin, the new NCSC Chief Executive, at a Cyber Security Summit in Washington DC in September, he set out the UK’s new approach to cyber security. Security officials, Martin said were sometimes accused of seeking to thwart or slow the onset of the technology that underpins the digital revolution.

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NCSC will be operational from October 2016

Matt Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has confirmed that the new the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced by the Chancellor in November will open its doors in October 2016.  Ciaran Martin, currently Director General Cyber at GCHQ will lead it and Dr Ian Levy, currently Technical Director of Cyber Security at GCHQ, will be its Technical Director. The aim of the NCSC is bring

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Fighting Fraud and Corruption in local government

Fraud costs local authorities an estimated £2.1bn a year, which could be recouped in part by making better use of information and technology says a new strategy launched by Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and DCLG Minister for Local Government. Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally is the new counter fraud and corruption strategy for local government published the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the

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Details emerging on massive attack on electricity grid

225,000 people were left without power for several hours in what is believed to be the first successful cyber-attack on an electricity grid.

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Sophisticated malware that spies on Skype users identified

A new threat targeting Skype users has been identified.  Dubbed T9000, it is a backdoor trojan that is able to infect a victim’s machine to steal files, take screengrabs, and record conversations.  According to researchers, the malware uses a multistage execution flow, which starts when victims open an RTF file that contains exploits for specific vulnerabilities.  It starts by checking for the presence of cyber defense solutions and malware analysis

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Four Scottish Councils hit by ransomware attacks

Four Scottish Councils hit by ransomware attacks – a recent report by Perth and Kinross Council illustrates the cyber challenges being faced by public sector bodies across the UK. It confirms that in one month……

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Have you commented yet?

Do you agree with the points made in our Discussion Forum? We would like your comments on the latest DGSF Report entitled the ‘Future of Information Security’.   We would like to hear your views on the issues raised, together with any additional ideas and feedback.  Please email to: info@digitalgovernmentsecurityforum.org or sign in and submit your comments. The Full Report is available for DGSF members to download. Copies of the Infographic

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Digital by Default News

Digital by Default News, which is widely read across the public services, has featured an article on the ‘Future of Information Security’, the latest DGSF report.

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Excellent Initial Response to Latest DGSF Report

The latest DGSF report on the ‘Future of Information Security’ has generated excellent feedback and extensive press coverage, with the press coverage reaching an audience of over seven million across the UK.  Examples include: Public Technology: Security professionals seen as ‘no-men’ Computer Weekly: Cyber security mindset needs to change, says report Computer Business Review Public sector rethink needed for cybersecurity Government Computing DGSF urges ongoing cyber security detection approach

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The ‘Future of Information Security’ Report Launched Today at Intel Security’s 2015 UK Summit

Intel Security and the Digital Government Security Forum (DGSF) today announced the launch of the latest DGSF Report on the Future of Information Security in Government and Public Services. The report looks at the fast changing digital world, which promises to transform how our government and public services operate. It indicates that government and the wider public services will place increasing reliance on robust information security as public sector organisations

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