Cybersecurity: UK could build an automatic national defence system, says GCHQ chief


The UK could one day create a national cyber-defence system built on sharing real-time cybersecurity information between intelligence agencies and business, the head of GCHQ has said. 

Today’s security threats have expanded in scope and seriousness. There can now be millions — or even billions — of dollars at risk when information security isn’t handled properly..

Individual internet users shouldn’t be forced to hold responsibility for staying safe online in the face of cyber-criminal gangs and advanced hacking groups, but rather it’s cooperation between government, internet service providers and technology firms that should be doing the heavy lifting when it comes to cybersecurity, says the director of the UK’s intelligence services. 

With a recent UK cybersecurity survey suggesting that only 15 percent of people say they know how to protect themselves online, it’s time “to do more to take the burden of cybersecurity away from the individual,” Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ will tell a security conference today. 

Fleming’s address is the keynote address at CYBERUK 19, a conference set up and run by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – the cybersecurity arm of GCHQ.

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