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UK government is prepared to take on Flame-like cyber threats

03 Dec 2012

The UK government claims it will be able to protect its own infrastructure and the nation's businesses from Flame and Gauss-level cyber threats, thanks to ongoing investment in the country's cyber defences.

Speaking to V3, a senior government official revealed that the emergence of threats like Flame earlier this year came as little surprise, adding that the UK has already taken appropriate defence measures.

"It's nothing new, people are coming up with new technologies and new methods all the time. It's the nature of the game," said the spokesperson.

"The threat gets more sophisticated but the visibility of it has improved thanks to investment. This means our knowledge of it is improving and therefore we're able to work closely with our security colleagues and advise on better ways of protecting against it."

The news comes one year after the launch of the UK's Cyber Security Strategy. The initiative has seen vast investment from the UK government and its agencies to help raise public awareness regarding cyber security.

Initiatives have included GCHQ's newly released cyber security best practice guidelines for UK industry and the creation of a new Cyber Incident Response disaster management service.

A cabinet spokesman told V3 that while more needs to be done, the strategy has already had several positive effects.

"We have made good progress on the Cyber Security Strategy. The UK is on a stronger footing today than we were 12 months ago, with improved UK cyber capabilities," said the spokesman.

"Whilst we have achieved a lot in the first year we are not complacent. Going forward, we have plans in place to maintain this momentum and flexibility to meet challenges."

Flame is an advanced cyber espionage tool discovered targeting Iranian systems earlier in the year.

The malware's advanced nature caused widespread concern within the security industry, with F-Secure and Microsoft both listing Flame as a game changer.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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