In its continuing effort to reduce the impact of cyberattacks against the UK, the British government is setting itself up as a 'guinea pig' for testing new measures and cybersecurity defences that it wants businesses and industry to eventually follow.
The testing plan has been announced at the official opening of the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC in central London, a new part of the GCHQ intelligence service tasked with protecting the UK against cyber espionage and cyberattacks -- particularly those targeting critical national infrastructure.
"We're actively working to reduce the harm caused by cyber attacks against the UK and will use the government as a guinea pig for all the measures we want to see done by industry at national scale," said NCSC Technical Director Dr Ian Levy.
Initiatives by the NCSC include will provide services such as free website vulnerability scanning for the public sector, working to take down phishing websites, and encouraging young people to take up careers in cybersecurity through schemes like the CyberFirst campaign, which targets teenage girls in particular.
"These initiatives illustrate the sort of cutting-edge innovation the NCSC will spearhead to make Britain as safe as possible to both live and work online -- and we'll do it transparently, driven by evidence and publishing our results," said Dr Levy.
The centre has actually been operating since October, but 14 February sees the NCSC officially opened by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.