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UK plots security initiative

The government aims to draw up a list of recommended products and assess firms’ digital defences to improve information security in the UK. The initiatives were revealed last week by Stephen Marsh, director of the newly-created Central Sponsor for Information Assurance (CSIA), which will co-ordinate other security agencies. The government’s existing security accreditation schemes for products have been criticised as inadequate because they are costly and slow. Marsh said a key objective for the unit is to promote “a variety of assured products that the public [and private] sector can draw on”. It will also develop partnerships with vendors and the private sector to assess the need for further measures. “The unit will look at the culture and governance of security in organisations,” he said. “How do we make private sector users realise that it is not just their own business at risk?” Full Story

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