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Electronic Warfare

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps she has taken to reduce the number of cyber attacks on Government departments in 2009. (295974)

[holding answer 28 October 2009]: I have been asked to reply.

The Government are working closely with industry and continue to place a high priority on defending departmental networks from attack.

The Office for Cyber Security was established on 1 September 2009. Its purpose is to provide strategic leadership and coherence across Government on the cyber security strategy.

The Cyber Security Operations Centre was established on 1 September 2009 to monitor the health of cyber space and co-ordinate incident response.

The Police central e-Crime Unit (which was created in September 2008 and is part of the Metropolitan Police Service) deals with criminal cyber attacks and a number of arrests have been made during 2009.

It would not be in the national or public interest to go into more detail regarding particular measures taken.