UK to play host to global cyber security centre

Foreign Secretary William Hague announces opening of new global security centre in Oxford.

Cyber security

The University of Oxford is to become home to the  Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity building, Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced.

It is hoped the centre, based at the University's Oxford Martin School, will become a leading global resource for understanding and protecting against cyber threats.

News of the centre's opening follows on from the announcement last month of the Government's Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnerships (CISP), which was set up to share information about cyber security threats between public and private sector organisations.

Along with the efforts of CISP, Hague said the centre will focus on coordinating global work on cyber threats and policies, and serve as an additional means of protecting the UK from attacks.

"We are dedicating 500,000 per year to this centre to be a beacon of expertise and put the UK at the forefront of cyber policy development," said Hague.

The centre is also a major part of the Government's pledge to increase global efforts to improve cyber security.

Paul Davis, vice president for Europe at security vendor FireEye, welcomed the centre's opening.

"As the Government looks for ways to protect our national interests against the escalating cyber threat, plans to increase collaboration and intelligence sharing are certainly a positive step in simultaneously combating the threat at a national level, and also aiding the international war on cybercrime," he added.

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