The UK government plans to protect UK businesses against cyberattacks by investing £860 million until 2016. Authorities recently launched a plan to shield small businesses from cyber criminals and opened a new London-based Cyber Demonstration Centre.
Some 82% of UK companies suffered an information security breach last year, and the damage inflicted by the worst breaches has more than doubled.
The British government will spend £30m a year for the next four years to help digital businesses and organizations establish infrastructure and test new ideas for users of digital technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), according to news reports.
The British army plans to designate 1,500 people to engage in psychological operations on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, according to news reports.
Encryption online messaging apps such as Snapchat or WhatsApp could be banned in the UK unless the government can access users’ conversations, British Prime Minister David Cameron said.
The nationwide Internet of Things network has been enabled in 10 UK cities to allow communication between smart devices in a “smart city,” British Telecom unit Arqiva announced.
Some 34 per cent of the UK’s cyber-security professionals believe Russians are the most skilled hackers, according to news reports. The Chinese come next, with 18 percent.
Vodafone accidentally disclosed the mobile phone records of 1,700 UK journalists to the British police, according to Business Spectator.
Most UK firms consider hiring an ex-hacker to stay a step ahead of cybercriminals, according to a report from KMPG.
The UK government said it will collaborate with the insurance industry to help position the UK “as a leader in the cyber security insurance market,” according to V3.
Internet bullies could face up to two years in jail, four times the current penalty, according to new UK laws proposed by UK justice secretary Chris Grayling.
As the IoT trend takes off, 58 per cent of UK customers are afraid new technologies will flood their lives unnecessarily, according to a recent KPMG survey.
Thousands of UK citizens had their phones and online conversations mistakenly monitored by police, according to The Times UK.
UK law enforcement will provide UK-based banks with real-time alerts on threats to customers' accounts, according to an announcement by banking industry association BBA.