Intellect calls for private, public cybersecurity deal

Trade body publishes guidance

Technology trade body Intellect has called for an effective cyber security partnership between industry and government.

Intellect has published a cyber security information sharing paper to support its call. A launch event was attended by government security minister Baroness Neville-Jones, who also supported Intellect's stance.

Prime minister David Cameron recently announced ( that £650 million will be allocated over a four-year period to the fight against cyber attacks. Cameron said there needed to be "a new focus on unconventional threats" to the UK, in particular to cyber attacks. The £650 million allocated was around a third more than previously expected.

Intellect chief operating officer Charles Ward said, "The UK's cyber security programme is reliant on the right kind of partnership between government and the technology industry.

"The minister for security's clear emphasis on the criticality of a public-private cyber partnership here tonight demonstrates that industry and government are talking the same language."

Ward said Intellect will continue to work with the government to "create a mechanism to specify how this aspiration can be realised".

Intellect is the UK trade association for the IT, telecoms and electronics industries. It has 750 members.

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