GCHQ has launched a new Cyber Incident Response initiative designed to offer companies and public sector organisations assistance in the aftermath of cyber security attacks.
The scheme is currently in its pilot phase and is designed to facilitate the sharing of information between companies about cyber attacks to improve defences as attacks continue to threaten the nation.
BAE Systems Detica, Cassidian, Context IS and Mandiant have been confirmed as the first four companies involved in the scheme that can provide help in the aftermath of an incident.
Martin Sutherland, managing director of BAE Systems Detica, said the scheme should be prove a "welcome relief" for those affected by hacking and unsure where to turn for help.
"Creating a network of trusted suppliers will ultimately help strengthen the UK's cyber defences and contribute to our economic well-being and the protection of our organisations," he added.
At the time of publishication none of the other participating companies had responded to V3's request for comment on their involvement in the initiative.
The scheme is one of many UK cyber initiatives put in place this year designed to mitigate the risk posed by cyber attacks.
The GCHQ also released its 10 steps to Cyber Security, best practice defence guidelines to a number of UK businesses earlier in September.
Minister for cyber security, Chloë Smith, described the scheme as an extension of the best practice document, promising its implementation will help boost the country's economy.
"Cyber Incident Response services provide access to organisations certified by CESG/CPNI to respond effectively to cyber incidents. It builds on the guidance on how to reduce the risk of vulnerability to attack," said Smith
"Together, GCHQ, CPNI, the incident response industry and victims of cyber attack can improve the cyber security of the UK; that is good for security, good for business and good for the UK's prosperity."
Prior to the initiative's launch, Smith had highlighted cyber education as another key area the UK needs to address in order to protect itself from hackers, during a speech at the Cyber Security Challenge event on Monday attended by V3.
During the speech Smith warned that at present a lack of formal education in cyber security is causing a skills shortage that is leaving the country vulnerable to cyber attacks.
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