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UK in bad shape to fend off cyber attacks
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 02:18:53 -0500 (CDT)

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By James Middleton
vnunet.com 
[23-10-2001]

An alliance has been formed between the Information Assurance Advisory
Council (IAAC) and the Institute for Communications Arbitration and
Forensics (ICAF) to promote improved understanding of cyber-security.
The move comes after research, conducted by ICAF and the
Communications Management Association, into how fit UK plc was to
fight cyber-attacks, found some "disturbing" results.

"Since the events of 11 September and their aftermath, the need for
improved security of information and the means by which it is
delivered has moved to a new level of significance," said Professor
Graham Robinson, chief executive of ICAF.

The alliance explained that the UK is in poor shape to fight
cyber-attack, whether from inside or outside the organisation or
across private and public sectors, in terms of the extent of the
threat present when contrasted with the serious and widespread lack of
corporate priority, investment and skilled resources.

Dr Andrew Rathmell, chief executive of IAAC, said the alliance would
be working with security, legal, academic and other professionals to
ensure that best practice in information assurance is widely
disseminated.

He said the partnership's programme of activity includes measures to
promote security awareness and education both in the industry and
amongst security practitioners. It also aims to educate UK
policy-makers to understand the future needs of the 'Information
Society'.

Both IAAC and ICAF hope that the new alliance will underline a
recognition of the growing importance of information assurance to the
networked information and communications sector.

The partnership will be dedicated to "ensuring that the information
infrastructure, on which UK organisations and citizens are
increasingly reliant, is secure against threat from terrorist attack,
criminal violation and internal abuse".



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