real-time infromation to allow to pre-empt an attack.
Why is all of this so important. It is not just that between 5 and 10% of our GDP is directly dependent upon the Internet, and is growing very fast. The real issue is the theft of intellectual property. Earlier this year the Cabinet Office issued a report showing that of the estimated £27bn loss of cybercrime £21bn was related to stealing other people’s ideas (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/cost-of-cyber-crime ). Companies that are key to the UK economy such as Rolls Royce are constantly under attack with the attackers looking to steal valuable commercial ideas such as engine designs and alloy compositions which have taken many millions to develop. And the same is happening elsewhere with examples in recent days of the Norwegian oil industry losing commercially sensitive data through cybercrime.
But the danger does not stop there. In recent days we have seen yet more attacks on infrastructure with the techniques first seen disrupting the Iranian nuclear facilities now evolving to be used to disrupt things like the water supply in Houston, USA.
So, the UK Government strategy will not be about protection government assets alone. The UK Government has a significant role to play in helping UK PLC avoid major commercial losses and serious disruption.
Go judge for yourself: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/cyber-security-strategy