Public sector cyber security suppliers will need badge of approval

Gurjit Degun
17 December 2013

Companies that supply cyber security products and services to the government will need to demonstrate their credentials to potential export customers.

The government’s plans to tackle cyber crime in the coming months include introducing a Cyber Supplier to HMG badge. It will allow businesses to state publicly to prospective clients that they supply government with cyber security products and services.

The move is part of the Cyber Growth Partnership that was launched earlier this year. This aims to raise awareness of cyber risks and create better understanding of how to manage them because, according the government, this will “create significant opportunities for the UK cyber security sector at home and as exporters”.

The government aims to more than double annual cyber exports from the UK to £2 billion a year by 2016.

The announcement came as part of an update to the government’s Cyber Security Strategy, which aims to make UK cyberspace secure, more resilient to attacks, help shape a stable cyberspace and build cyber security knowledge and skills.

Science minister David Willetts said: “The cyber crime threat facing the UK is increasing. We are working closely with business and universities to ensure the country has the skills and knowledge it needs to meet the cyber challenge.

“We want to show students and businesses that cyber security does not simply pose a threat. It gives those who take it seriously an opportunity to gain new expertise, or even a commercial advantage.

“With a new £2 billion target for cyber exports, we will also be helping the UK cyber sector to grow and keep the UK ahead in the global race.”

Francis Maude, the minister with oversight of the Cyber Security Strategy, added: “The cyber attack will remain a serious threat to our national security. That is why our work with other sectors, such as academia and R&D, will continue to benefit strongly from secure government funding.

“As a result of the 2013 spending review we have directed an additional £210 million investment to this area, making £860 million of sustained government investment on cyber to 2016.”

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