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US considers UK-style cyber defence model

May 16, 2018 / Warwick Ashford

The US is considering adopting a similar cyber defence model to the UK’s in recognition of the growing threat to all levels of society. A report by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicates US national cyber defence strategy is moving to one similar to that used in the UK. The move is outlined in a newly-unveiled strategy to address the evolving threats to US cyber and critical infrastructure security. The government “must think beyond the defence of specific assets and confront systemic risks that affect everyone from tech giants to homeowners,” DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. This approach is aligned with the Active Cyber Defence (ACD) programme being developed by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The NCSC has rolled out four measures under the ACD programme, with more planned in the coming months aimed at providing systemic protection to make it more difficult and costly for cyber criminals to carry out attacks. Alth...