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GCHQ to become new cyber-surveillance centre

Filed under: Cyber Security — Mark on April 26, 2012

‘Big Brother-gate’ has hit the press recently with announcements made by the government that the GCHQ will become home to a cyber-surveillance centre which is said to costing £2 billion to set up. The centre will keep an eye on all exchanges using email, Skype, Facebook and mobile devices.

This comes on the back of the government’s plans to utilise £650 million to bolster the UK’s cyber security following the Strategic Defence and Security Review and businesses being offered innovative security software developed at GCHQ for a price. Just recently eight universities from the UK have also been selected to as centres for cyber security research. Francis Maude, the government MP overseeing cyber security has made it clear that IT security is a government priority stating that it wants:

“…to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business.”

In Europe the Commissioner for Home Affairs in the EU, Cecilia Malmström, revealed that a European Cybercrime Centre is being set up in Brussels which will:

“…help protect European citizens and businesses against these mounting cyber-threats.”

This comes are part of the European Internal Security Strategy which highlights that cybercrimes of all types are viewed as a high priority and on a par with defence intelligence. The strategy views it as the collective responsibility of all EU members to develop their own IT security initiatives to support European security.

Despite criticisms of the new UK policies the investment in cyber security bodes well for those looking for information security vacancies. As more support and awareness is driven from government demand for expert IT security personnel is set to increase.

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