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Cyber security team set up to protect HMRC

Filed under: IT Security — Mark on March 26, 2012

An expert team of specialists in cyber security jobs has been brought together to protect the exchequer. HMRC are experiencing a rise in fraud attacks instigated by cyber criminals and hackers who are finding more sophisticated methods to infiltrate the repayment systems at the government agency.

The team has been brought together to look after the interest of UK taxpayers and the HMRC and will develop the existing systems and processes in place to counter cyber crime. Highly talented people have been selected for these information security jobs and the team of analysts, experts and investigators are targeted with safeguarding the organisation and its customers with money provided by the National Cyber Security Programme.

It is hoped that the experts will be able to supply the HMRC with a greater knowledge of the scale of threats utilising innovative forensic tools to gather vital intelligence. They will also be tasked with providing advice on security measures that should be taken and offering technical support to a team of criminal investigators.

The Exchequer Secretary David Gauke commented:

“As more and more of HMRC´s systems move online, cyber criminals will look to exploit any opportunity to attack the repayment system. HMRC is getting ahead of the curve – taking forward what it is already doing in a better way. In the last year alone, customers reported over 200k bogus emails purporting to come from HMRC and, as a result, HMRC shut down close to 1,000 bogus websites.”

The government is providing more funding each year to support the Cyber Security Programme, which is great news for those looking for public sector information security jobs.

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