Feeds

Meet the man who'll TAKE OVER if UK faces CYBER ATTACK

Chris Gibson to head up UK’s national Computer Emergency Response Team

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

The delayed launch of the national Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) is getting back on track with the appointment of its new director, Chris Gibson. This comes after the project was delayed until next year.

The organisation was due to be up and running this year but recruitment and other issues meant its launch was put back until early 2014.<

CERT-UK, a pillar of the government's £650m National Cyber Security Strategy, is designed to co-ordinate responses to online attacks on a national level.

However things are finally moving along with the announcement of Gibson's appointment as the director CERT-UK. Gibson joins the government having previously been director of e-Crime at Citigroup and after serving for the last two years as chair of the international Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams.

In a statement, Francis Maude, the minister for Cabinet Office, said: “Chris Gibson brings with him a wealth of experience in cyber incident response in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. His first-hand knowledge and understanding of cyber security will be invaluable as he leads the national CERT.

“We set out in our national Cyber Security Strategy the importance of strengthening our response to cyber incidents. By establishing CERT-UK we will build on and complement our existing CERT structures. This will help improve national co-ordination of cyber incidents and act as a focus point for international sharing of technical information on cyber security. CERT-UK will be the expert single point of contact for other national CERTs around the globe," he added.

Gibson said: “I am delighted to join CERT-UK as we enter this exciting phase, with implementation underway and the leadership team now being appointed I am looking forward to the task of bringing together Government, industry, law enforcement and academia to establish the CERT as a team of professionals forming a world-class response to cyber threats to the UK.”

Idea from industry

The UK has had industry-specific CERTs for years (such as Janet CSIRT for university networks, and comparable organisations within government and for the UK defence forces) but has been slow to set up a national CERT, designed to co-ordinate response across all public and private sectors. CERT-UK will provide a comparable function to US-CERT, which has been operating for 10 years since 2003.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson explained that it is hoped that CERT-UK will be up and running early next year, once suitable accommodation is secured and a team is recruited. “In December 2012 HMG announced its intention to move towards a National Computer Emergency Response Team. This decision followed lessons learned from the Olympics which have informed our Cyber Security National Incident Management policy," it said.

“The new CERT will build on and complement existing structures within government, extending beyond government to industry and academia to provide a core incident management response for the benefit of the UK as a whole. Currently, the design of the new national CERT is complete and the implementation is underway with a particular focus on securing appropriate accommodation, technology and staff. We are continuing to consult with a wide range of stakeholders and are working to ensure CERT-UK is operational early next year.”

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw
Energy summit bods warned of free energy bonanza
DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned
SQLi hole was hit hard, fast, and before most admins knew it needed patching
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android
As if the civilians who never change access point passwords will ever opt out of this one
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?