UK to increase national cyber-defence efforts

Posted 1st November 2016 News

Automatic defences to stop hackers hijacking websites or spoofing official domains will get a boost from a £1.9bn government cybersecurity strategy. Chancellor Philip Hammond will give details of the plans in a speech later today.

Other defences that intercept booby-trapped emails or shut down thieves impersonating bank websites will also be expanded and the strategy will also help enlarge specialist police units that tackle organised online gangs. Some cash will also go towards education and training of cybersecurity experts.

Mr Hammond is expected to formally launch the scheme, called the National Cyber Security Strategy today, his speech coincides with a warning from MI5 that Russia poses an increased cyber-threat.

Further details can be found on the BBC website.



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