By David Hencke
14 June 2009
A national cyber security centre to combat the growing threat of
criminal gangs and foreign states hacking into Whitehall and big
business is to be announced this month by the prime minister.
The centre will be the main theme of a revised national security
strategy paper from No 10 which will place much greater emphasis on
tackling the threat.
The organisation will be similar to an agency being created by Barack
Obama who is appointing a cyber tsar to fight what the US president
referred to last month as " weapons of mass disruption".
Britain has been holding talks with the US and Canada to co-ordinate
operations against cyber attacks by foreign powers and terrorists.
The latest initiative is being developed in parallel to the Americans
and follows a warning from Jonathan Evans, head of MI5, of the need to
tackle the threat.
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