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The UK Government has formed a partnership with nine domestic-based defence and security companies in an effort to boost the country’s protection against cyberattacks.

The new Defence Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP) is an alliance aimed at addressing evolving threats to the British defence supply chain by increasing awareness of cyber risks, threat intelligence sharing, as well as by defining risk-driven approaches for cybersecurity standards application.

As well as Ministry of Defence (MoD), Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the partnership also includes BAE Systems, BT, Cassidian, CGI, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Selex ES and Thales UK.

UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Philip Dunne said: "This is a clear demonstration that government and industry can work together, sharing information, experience and expertise, to make sure we do everything we can to protect these critical networks, ensuring that the business of defence is robustly protected."

DCPP Chair Vic Leverett said DCPP serves as a critical component of the cybersecurity issue, which demands a concerted and coordinated approach between the government and the industry.

"This is a clear demonstration that government and industry can work together to make sure we do everything we can to protect these critical networks."

"Collaboration between industries and with government has been first-class, reflecting the joint commitment to succeed with our 2013 objectives," Leverett said.

The DCPP will primarily be responsible for identification of a risk-based and coherent approach for implementing actions, which will have a real impact on the cyber defences of its members and supply chain partners, as well as the UK defence sector as a whole.

In addition to offering guidance to defence supply chain organisations operating at different levels of risk exposure, the partnership is also scheduled to complement the work on organisational standards being led by the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

The DCPP organisations will also share their respective threat intelligence and wider expertise on tackling cyberthreats from within the defence sector with other industry sectors and government to increase their collective defences against hacking and similar attacks.

Image: BAE Systems is also a member of Defence Cyber Protection Partnership, which aims to boost UK’s protection against cyberattacks. Photo: © Geoffrey Lee.

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