Britain to Spend 1.9 Billion Boosting Cyber Defences

UK pledges to'relentlessly pursue cyber attackers

He said that "turning the other cheek" was not an option, and developing a full counter-offensive capability was needed, and it was the government's duty to demonstrate that they can not act with impunity.

They included "threats to our data, to our IP (intellectual property), to our military secrets, to our financial information and perhaps most of all to our infrastructure itself".

Defence involves protecting critical national infrastructure in areas such as energy and transport, as well as British government websites, with automated techniques.

But, he added, "It is unclear from where the government will find 50 cybercrime specialists for the NCA when there is such a massive skills shortage within the industry".

"Cyber space is only one sphere in which we must defend our interests and sovereignty". In addition, Bill Rosenthal, CEO of Logical Operations and Board Member of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and Joe Mignano, VP, Channels at Logical Operations, participated in NASDAQ's Closing Bell Ceremony to support National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

This will include a focus on going after cyber crooks to bring those who target the United Kingdom to justice.

Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming, which offers broadband, voice, data and other IT services to businesses, also welcomed the news.

Hammond outlined the hard-line approach that the government plans to take against diplomatic cyber attacks made against the United Kingdom, singling out a "small number of hostile foreign actors".

"Although we have some of the best cyber security capabilities in the world, we can not be complacent about the evolving cyber threat", added Julian David, CEO of technology industry body techUK.

The only disappointment said Rogoyski, "is the failure to recognise that cyber-space is invented, implemented and run by worldwide businesses, not governments - there is a strong need to work more closely with global technology companies in order to really deliver our digital future in a way that is safer and more secure".

"The UK requires more talented and qualified cyber security professionals".

It is also encouraging that funding will be available to innovative start-up cyber security businesses.

We must keep up with the scale and the pace of the threat we face.

"Government is showing strong leadership in cyber and should be commended for doing its utmost to secure our digital economy and wellbeing", he said. It's notable that the first Innovation Centre will be located in Cheltenham, not far from the GCHQ where the government runs its surveillance and other covert programs. "Only consider that the government's Cyber Streetwise campaign, which recently found that two-thirds of SMBs don't consider their business to be vulnerable - despite evidence proving that cyber-attacks are on the rise. Business also have a role to play".

However, Andy Powell, head of cyber security at Capgemini UK, expressed concerns that the report focused overly on tools and technologies and not enough on people and processes. "We will work with the industry on technology that will reduce the impact of cyberattacks and to increase investment". The amount is more than double the period covered by the previous strategy.