14 Sep 2016 12:01pm

PwC joins GCHQ to fight cyber attacks

PwC has become the first major professional services firm to join the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme run by GCHQ’s information arm, CESG, and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI)

This means that its cyber security team can be drawn on to provide the deep technical skills and qualified people needed to respond in the event of sophisticated and targeted cyber attacks on the UK’s essential networks and organisations.

The Big Four firm says it is the only CIR provider to offer a complete range of support capabilities, from technical resolution through to business management and including regulatory and legal services.

“Collaboration between industry and government is essential when responding to targeted cyber attacks with the potential to impact our national economy and security,” said PwC cyber security partner Kris McConkey.

“We are pleased to be part of the CIR scheme, helping to build up a better picture of the current threat landscape alongside UK organisations and government.”

In order to join the scheme, PwC’s cyber security team had to meet the CIR scheme’s stringent certification conditions. These included proving their expertise across a wide range of incident response requirements, including evidence of work they had already done in helping government, public sector and critical national infrastructure organisations deal with the fallout from attacks.

The team also had to show advanced understanding of the cyber landscape and prove their ability to communicate difficult situations and remedies to business stakeholders.

The CIR scheme is one aspect of the government’s campaign to protect the UK’s essential infrastructure and businesses from cyber attack.

Next month, it is bringing all its disparate cyber organisations, including CESG and CPNI, under the same roof to become a one-stop cyber security shop known as the National Cyber Security Centre.

According to The Financial Times, GCHQ is also considering plans to create a “Great British Firewall” to block malicious websites in the UK and stamp down on serious cyber attacks that threaten national security.

Julia Irvine


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