Government announces GCHQ s National Cyber Security Centre to provide businesses with security guidanceThe British government is setting up a National Cyber Security Centre NCSC to act as a one-stop-shop for businesses seeking advice and support when dealing with cyber security issues.The centre will be managed by GCHQ, and was revealed today by the Minister for Cabinet Office Matt Hancock MP in a speech to a cyber security conference in London.He pointed out that the vast majority of the UK s Critical National Infrastructure is operated by the private sector.And to this end, the NCSC will help the business community.This level 3 qualification, equivalent to an AS Level, teaches the basics of cyber security in three months, and can be studied in schools, colleges or through the Challenge itself, he said.We re already one of the top 5 exporters in the world, and the global market is growing by 20 percent a year, said Hancock.
The blueprint PDF outlines that the NCSC will act as a hub for sharing best practices in security between public and private sectors, and will tackle cyber incident response.In the prospectus, Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock explained: "The Centre will be the bridge between industry and government, simplifying the current complex structures, providing a unified source of advice and support, including on managing incidents."The Centre will bring together the capabilities already developed by CESG – the Information Security arm of GCHQ – the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, CERT-UK and the Centre for Cyber Assessment, allowing us to build on the best of what we already have, whilst significantly simplifying the current arrangements," Martin said in a canned statement contained within the prospectus.This translates in practical terms to a doubling of the investment the UK Government will make in cyber security, to £1.9 billion over the next five years.Gordon Morrison, director of government relations at Intel Security, said the centre would help in fighting the growing problem of cybercrime."Assuming the role of the lead cybersecurity technical authority in the UK, we look forward to working with the NCSC as it embarks on its important mission of responding to cyberattacks on the UK and promoting a diverse and collaborative approach to cybersecurity to improve the country's overall cyber health: between the private and public sector, and both in the UK and internationally," he added.
Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said the government would legislate to extend the cut-off until midnight on Thursday.It follows a computer glitch which left some people unable to sign up before the original midnight Tuesday deadline.There had been calls from both sides of the EU debate for the deadline to be extended, although the move was criticised by some Conservative MPs.The atmosphere between the Remain and Leave camps is already combustible but if there's a close result, the row may even explode into a formal challenge.He said 214,000 applications per hour had been received at peak time, compared with 74,000 ahead of last year's general election.Opposition parties had expressed anger at the events and called for an extension to the deadline, with Lib Dem leader and pro-Remain campaigner Tim Farron saying it was a "shambles" that could affect the referendum result.
Theresa May's reshuffle last week resulted in higher pile of bodies than a Game of Thrones wedding.Among a number of big hitters to be axed, including George Osborne, was digital and cultural minister Ed Vaizey.Vaizey had held that position since 2010 and is succeeded by former Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock.He was subsequently unceremoniously booted onto the backbenches as MP for Wantage, Faringdon and Didcot.Vaizey, a vocal Remainer, tweeted: "Looking forward to supporting the government from the backbenches vexit"On the face of it, a move to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS from his perch in the Cabinet Office looks like a demotion for Hancock.
5GIC and Digital Greenwich parter to trial pioneering smart city commercial applications in East LondonNew commercial smart city applications will be tested in London after a partnership was announced between the 5G Innovation Centre 5GIC at the University of Surrey and Digital Greenwich.5GIC will offer its technological foundations to allow Digital Greenwich to build test beds and trials leading to commercial Smart City solutions .5GIC university of Surrey 1 This is not the first smart city trail going ahead in the east of London.Earlier this year the Royal Borough of Greenwich signed up to the Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse programme, as part of a €25m project to demonstrate how new technology can help develop and improve the lives of residents in a growing city.
GCHQ has plans to create a firewall that could protect government agencies and British internet users against malicious cyber attacks.Ciaran Martin, the intelligence agency s director general of cyber security, outlined his plans for the firewall at a cybersecurity conference in Washington DC.Martin was speaking as the head of the National Cyber Security Centre – a newly-created arm of GCHQ that has been tasked with creating the first cyber force dedicated to combating online threats to the UK.According to Martin, GCHQ is exploring a flagship project aimed at protecting government websites and national security agencies from hacks and other cyber attacks.He went on to say that the as-yet-unbuilt firewall could also be used by private internet service providers such as BT, Sky and Virgin.What better way of providing automated defences at scale than by the major private providers effectively blocking their customers from coming into contact with known malware and bad addresses?
Start-ups can apply through an online portal from Friday 23 September, with the closing date for entries 17 October.GCHQ and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS are launching a start-up accelerator that will aim to boost the UK s cyber security sector.The UK Government agencies have partnered with Wayra UK, part of Telefonica Open Future, to help UK start-ups grow from early stages by connecting them with partners and securing third-party investment.The successful applicants will receive a grant with Wayra UK and physical space to work in.From the Government side, there will be the opportunity to receive insights into Government procurement processes, IP management, export controls and information assurance architecture.There will be the opportunity to pitch products and services to Government departments including the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ s national and international commercial partners.
The new Accelerator centre will help startups develop cyber security systems with the help of £50 million of government fundingGCHQ, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS have launched a partnership to open a cyber innovation centre for facilitating work with startups to develop cyber security technology.Dubbed Accelerator, the centre is the first of two which will receive £50 million over the next fiver years in order to fund the work of the startups and give them access to GCHQ s personnel and technological expertise in order to expand the capability, product development and ideas around how the UK can outpace current and emerging cyber threats.Wayra UK, part of the Telefónica Open Future programme, has been selected to run the cyber security accelerator centre and will lead the startup in the development of new cyber security systems.Accelerator has been born out of the government s £1.9 billion National Cyber Security programme designed to bolster the UK s cyber defences and help fuel the UK s booming cyber security sector which contributed £1.8 billion in export to the UK economy last year.We are making progress in our ambitious programme to support innovation in cyber security, grow the UK s thriving sector and protect Britain from cyber attacks and threats, said Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock MP.
Matt Hancock MP pledges 5G and fibre roll-out as BT CEO calls for end to Openreach debate.The UK digital and culture minister Matt Hancock signalled a new phase in the Government s broadband strategy as he announced plans to bring about ubiquitous 5G and fibre over the next ten years.Hancock, who took the position over from Ed Vaizey in July, outlined the approach at Broadband World Forum, including a plan to introduce universal connectivity and to produce a more competitive market.The destination of this journey must be to push connectivity as far out as it will go, said Hancock.He described three main tenets to the plan: completing the roll-out of current technologies such as 4G and superfast broadband, deploying deeper connectivity in areas of deep need and working to roll out more advanced technologies such as 5G and fibre.On the fibre aspect, Hancock said that fibre was the underpinning of a digital nation , and ultimately other technologies such as copper technology would not provide the necessary connectivity. 'working with fibre providers to find a solution'Digital minister Matt Hancock has said pure fibre and 5G are the priority for Blighty's digital infrastructure over the next decade - but has indicated the government won't be paying for it.Speaking at the Broadband World Forum event today, he said by 2020 the volume of global internet traffic would be 95 times what it is now.To paraphrase Al Gore: the last thing any of us wants is to end up as road kill on the information superhighway."Hancock said our current part-fibre, part-copper infrastructure has brought superfast connectivity to the majority of the country, with 95 per cent of the country to have 24mbps next year.He said: "New entrants have shown a full-fibre solution can be economic," citing the Gigabit City project in York, and companies such as Gigaclear bringing fibre to the Cotswolds.
Pure fibre network and 5G connectivity needed for UK to maintain global lead, says government ministerA government minister has called for the UK to have a fully fibre network and 5G connectivity, and for the market to consider Internet connectivity in a far more holistic way.But Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, speaking at the Broadband World Forum in London said the market would have to provide it, with no government financial input other than practical help such as reforming planning laws to allow for easier building of more mobile masts.Hancock began by pointing out that the UK had alongside with the US , led the world when it came to the installation of a telephone and mobile network.And he pointed out that the UK needs to ensure its connectivity capabilities are up to scratch going forward. By 2020, the volume of global internet traffic is expected to be 95 times its volume in 2005, in the UK, fixed internet traffic is set to double every two years, said Hancock.
Customers unable to afford speeds of 10mbps under the Universal Service Obligation USO should be offered a subsidy, the representative body for 370 councils has said today.The Local Government Association is calling on the government to introduce a subsidised broadband service to help anyone facing undue hardship in paying a market rate, ahead of the Autumn Statement next month.The government intends to introduce a USO to ensure everyone in the country has 10Mbps by 2020.Details as to how that will work are yet to be agreed upon.Speaking at the Broadband World Forum yesterday, digital minister Matt Hancock said Ofcom would consult on the details of the scheme over the autumn.He said: "I welcome BT s proposal that they are willing to provide high speed broadband to 100 per cent of premises by 2020.
Virgin Media CEO says Crossrail won t have in-tunnel Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity.Transport for London TfL has denied claims made by Virgin Media that Crossrail will not have in-tunnel Wi-Fi.In response to a speech made by Minister for the Digital Economy Matthew Hancock at the Broadband World Forum BBWF in London, Tom Mockeridge called the London Underground the capital s biggest mobile hotspot.Wi-Fi has been available on more than a hundred tube stations and platforms since 2012, but connectivity in tunnels has been absent – despite the fact other cities enjoy 4G signal in their subterranean railways networks.Mockridge argued that if Mayor of London Sadiq Khan truly wanted to turn London into the world s leading tech hub and if the UK government was serious about extending Wi-Fi coverage to the UK railway system, it would start with the tube – and Crossrail in particular.In London Virgin Media supplies the Wi-Fi on the Underground stations, but we haven t been able to get into the tunnels, Mockridge said.
TalkTalk buys Sky s equity in York FTTP broadband joint-venture and announces expansion to another 40,000 homes and businessesTalkTalk is buying Sky s share of their fibre to the premise FTTP joint venture in York and will expand the network to cover the majority of the city following a successful trial.The initial rollout covered 14,000 homes and businesses and has seen 2,400 customers sign up for speeds of up to 1Gbps.The project achieved its costs and adoption targets, meaning the remaining partners, TalkTalk and CityFibre, are starting a £20 million expansion starting next year.The company has always been the most vocal supporter of the project and possible plans to take the initiative nationwide, but Sky will remain a long-term wholesale customer for the network.CityFibre remains a shareholder and has FTTP networks in 40 UK towns and cities.
This week, culture minister Matt Hancock and more than 100 fellow MPs Members of Parliament have signed a letter calling on president Barack Obama to block Lauri Love's extradition to the US to face trial over the alleged hacking of the US missile defence agency, the FBI, and America's central bank.Love—an Asperger's syndrome sufferer from Stradishall, Suffolk—was told in September at a Westminster Magistrates' Court hearing that he was fit to be extradited to the US to face trial in that country.The 31-year-old faces up to 99 years in prison in the US if convicted.Hacking allegations against Love stem from the Anonymous-related OpLastResort hack in 2013.The initiative targeted the US Army, the US Federal Reserve, the FBI, NASA, and the Missile Defense Agency in retaliation over the tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz as the hacktivist infamously awaited trial.Love is accused of participating through SQL injection attacks,
The ASA found that consumers struggled to understand broadband advertising.The rules from the Advertising Standards Authority ASA will require internet service providers to include line rental when detailing the cost of a broadband plan, meaning that the monthly costs advertised will be all-inclusive.The far-reaching overhaul will also force ISPs to give greater prominence to the contract length and any post-discount pricing; a move designed to prevent consumers from mistakenly believing that the discount will apply to the full term of the contract.In addition, providers will be required to include all compulsory up-front costs, such as delivery fees, activation fees and installation fees, in a single prominent total.Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds stars in a BT advert.BT and Sky, the UK s largest fixed broadband providers, have announced plans to adopt inclusive pricing.
The government's UK Games Fund is entering its third round, following successes including the pictured Beasts of Balance mixed-media title.The government has announced the launch of a new round of funding for UK games developers, with up to £25,000 per company up for grabs under the imaginatively-named UK Games Fund.Now in its third round of funding, the UK Games Fund's stated aim is to foster success in the UK games industry - in particular for smaller companies which do not benefit from the financial clout of corporate overlords like, say, Grand Theft Auto V creator Rockstar Leeds.Thus far, the fund has provided grants to more than 50 developers totalling £1.3 million.'The UK is a world leader when it comes to making video games, and we re determined to make sure this continues long into the future,' claimed Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, of the fund's progress thus far.'Our UK Games Fund has already helped many young games companies turn prototypes into a reality.
Budding cyberspies will learn how to hack into drones and crack codes at a new cybersecurity boot camp backed by the government.Matt Hancock, the minister for digital and culture, said students would gain the skills needed to "fight cyber-attacks" and help keep the UK safe.The 10-week course has been "certified" by UK spy agency GCHQ.But some security experts raised questions about the need for the course and the intent behind it."If I were a company, I would not hire security consultants who had been approved by GCHQ," said Prof Ross Anderson, who leads the security group at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory.GCHQ's goal is that no-one should be able to shield themselves from surveillance, ever," he told the BBC.
Consumers told the ASA they were confused by current broadband-speed advertsUK broadband companies are to be made to change the way they advertise their internet speeds.The Advertising Standards Authority says current descriptions of speeds "up to" a certain amount are confusing and will be changed in 2017.However, the UK watchdog has yet to decide how they will be replaced.Digital Minister Matt Hancock said he was "delighted" by the move because the current adverts were "incredibly misleading".The announcement comes just over a fortnight after internet providers were ordered to make other changes to their adverts, to make monthly charges clearer.
Consumers have a "low overall" understanding of broadband speed, the study foundA watchdog has called for more changes to broadband advertising after finding that consumers have a low understanding of the speed they need and are unlikely to receive the headline claims quoted by providers.A study for the Advertising Standards Authority ASA found that consumers have a "low overall" understanding of broadband speed, with many not knowing what level they need to carry out their daily online tasks.While most understand that the higher the number in the ad, the higher the speed of broadband, many are unclear about what this means for them and what speed they are likely to receive.But despite the uncertainty, most think they are likely to receive a speed at or close to the headline claim "when, for many, that is not likely to be the case", the ASA said.If you have a complaint about a mobile, broadband, phone or TV provider then we explain how to go about it.