15 Powerful Quotes from George Osborne's Announcement to Increase U.K. Cyber Security Spending

  • Addressing the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Tuesday, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a £1.9 billion investment in cyber security by 2020. In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, Osborne pledged solidarity with the nation of France as he shared details of a National Cyber Security Plan that had already been in the works. The new U.K. program will establish a National Cyber Centre (NCC) and increased support for the U.K.'s National Cyber Crime Unit.

    In his speech, Osborne outlined his five-step plan to make cyber security the U.K.'s top priority. While the government will play the largest role in this effort, service providers should take this latest program to heart. With a greater focus on not just containing, but combatting cybercrime, there will be more opportunities to receive the financial support you need, while closing the widening IT skills gap that's kept you from growing and scaling your businesses.

    During Osborne's speech, there were many poignant moments particularly relevant to U.K. IT solutions providers. We've grabbed the 15 we found to be the most relevant!

    A National Emphasis on Cybercrime Prevention

    1. "Getting cyber security right requires new thinking. But certain principles remain true in cyberspace as they are true about security in the physical world."

    2. "Citizens need to follow basic rules of keeping themselves safe – installing security software, downloading software updates, using strong passwords."

    3. "Companies need to protect their own networks, and harden themselves against cyber attack."

    4. "The starting point must be that every British company is a target, that every British network will be attacked, and that cyber crime is not something that happens to other people."

    5. "Over the past 18 months, for example, GCHQ has helped U.K. law enforcement tackle a number of high-profile operations against pernicious cybercrime malware threats, like Dridex, Shylock and GameOver Zeus. These have cost U.K. citizens and companies and government departments millions of pounds in the form of fraud, theft and damage[.]"

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  • Interesting. So what kind of quotes wheren't listed about how they are monitoring every where everyone goes on the internet and recording it for at least a rolling 30 days, etc?

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