Government Considers Selling GCHQ Security Expertise

Government Considers Selling GCHQ Security Expertise
Government Considers Selling GCHQ Security Expertise

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By Tom Jowitt
eWEEK Europe
December 2, 2010 

The Government has revealed it is considering offering the security 
expertise of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) for possible 
sale or hire to the private sector.

Speaking to the Science and Technology Committee, the security minister 
Dame Pauline Neville-Jones told MPs that ministers were =E2=80=9Cthinking about=E2=80=9D 
ways in which GCHQ could supply services to private firms, including 
turning the facility into a technology incubator, according to the BBC.

=E2=80=9CIt=E2=80=99s a live issue,=E2=80=9D said Neville-Jones.

GCHQ is the highly secretive Government agency responsible for gathering 
intelligence, eavesdropping and breaking codes. Back in October, its 
director issued a rare public warning about the increasing sophisticated 
cyber attacks.


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