GCHQ to get cyber defence squad to protect British computers

The “cyber forensics” squad will monitor, analyse and counter hostile computer-based assaults.Based at GCHQ, the Government’s communications network at Cheltenham, the Cyber Security Operations Centre is part of a new government strategy on cyber security.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article6575522.eceAlso see:British intelligence agencies to step up security over cyber-attack threats
Intelligence agencies led by GCHQ, the government’s electronic spy centre, are to step up operations against a growing threat of cyber-attacks, the government announced today as part of an updated “national security strategy”.A new cyber-security operations centre will be attached to GCHQ in Cheltenham. A policy co-ordinating office dealing with cyber-security will also be set up in ­Whitehall under Neil Thompson, a senior official, with staff from MI5, MI6 and other government agencies.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jun/25/cyber-crime-hacking-gchq-securityCyber armies are gearing up in the cold war of the web
A major online attack could bring a country to its knees. Nato’s hawks back a strategy that threatens cybergeddonThe age of cyber innocence is over. Not only has the British government finally published its national cyber security strategy. But Robert Gates, the US secretary of defence, has a­nnounced a cyber defence command under a four-star general at the Pentagon. The stage is set for Nato to engage in the cold war of the web, along with Russia, China, India and Israel.The internet now plays a vital role in virtually every aspect of our lives. It is from this dependency on computer systems that a new realm of conflict – cyber warfare – is emerging. The ultimate nightmare on this virgin battlefield is known by nicknames such as cybergeddon or the Digital Pearl Harbor.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/25/cybercrime-nato-cold-war

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