Businesses must take a leading role in the fight against cyber crime in order to ensure the UK thrives in the online world, according to university minister David Willetts.
Willetts, speaking at the InfoSec event in London on Tuesday afternoon, said government agencies must work with industry if they hope to effectively protect themselves and the country's economy from hackers.
"You shouldn't treat it [cyber security] as a purely government issue. Businesses are the primary target of cyber attacks. It's a business issue and an opportunity for businesses to show they're secure and for companies in the cyber sector to expand," said Willetts.
Willetts said the country must continue to push for enterprises to join the cyber legislation debate and take an active role creating more robust cyber defences and help spread examples of best practice in the industry.
"We need to carry on engaging with larger businesses, to make security an executive issue. We need to ensure cyber risk assessment is factored in to any board level decision so they understand this something they need to invest in," said Willetts.
"We're also looking to further sign post companies as to what good security looks like. We know companies want more guidance about what good cyber security is and we have just called for feedback on this."
Willetts' comments mirror those of fellow MP Chloe Smith, who listed cyber security as a key growth area for the British economy earlier on Tuesday.
The minister of universities praised the government's on going Cyber Strategy. The strategy has seen the creation of several new strategies designed to make increase businesses involvement in the country's new cyber legislation.
These have included the launch of the Cyber Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) and an open call for feedback from businesses on what they would like to in see country's forthcoming cyber security organisational standards.
Earlier at Infosec chief of Kaspersky Labs, Eugene Kaspersky issued a similar call to arms, warning that a military approach to cyber threats will cause long term, global issues.
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