As reported by SC Magazine today.
Ed Vaizey, minister of state at the department for culture, media and sport (DCM) and the department for business, innovation and skills (BIS), was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by think-tank Reform in London today, where he announced several new government initiatives while also talking up its digitalisation efforts and local cyber-security companies.
“Cyber-security underpins the digital economy, it’s the lock and keys of the digital economy, and we need it to keep our businesses safe, our citizens safe and public services we all rely on safe. And if we’re going to be a world leader in technology we should be world leader in cyber-security. So dare I say it, there’s also an important economic case to invest in cyber. We’re [also] well aware of the huge opportunities to UK PLC if we become world leaders in cyber.”
The minister, who co-chairs the Cyber Growth Partnership with BT to boost cyber exports, was keen to highlight the public sector’s role in the creation of CERT-UK, the work of the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) inside the National Crime Agency, as well as initiatives such as free training for businesses and Cyber Essentials.
“We want all businesses across the digital economy to adopt Cyber Essentials,” he added, while admitting that further work is needed to encourage SMEs
To counter that, he announced the Cyber Security Innovation vouchers scheme alongside the Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Inspired Careers initiatives at the event.
Pete Woodward – CEO, Securious:
I am really encouraged by this news and commitment shown by the Government in helping businesses gain a basic level of Cyber Security. There really is no better time than now to look at how you conduct business and how you interact with the online community.
As a Cyber Essentials Certification body, we are well prepared and already engaging with businesses of all sizes, helping them with cost effective solutions and Cyber Essentials Certification.