Magazine article Public Finance

Public-Private Cyber Network to Advise Ministers

Magazine article Public Finance

Public-Private Cyber Network to Advise Ministers

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Senior officials from four Whitehall departments have been appointed to a new publicprivate steering group that will advise ministers on information security policies such as biometric passports and identity cards.

Civil servants from the Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Cabinet Office and Department of Trade and Industry will provide expert advice to the DTI-funded Cyber security Knowledge Transfer Network, which will be launched officially on May 9.

Its aim is to improve cyber security across public and private sector organisations and boost economic competitiveness by establishing the UK as market leaders in such technology.

Qinetiq, the defence technology and security company, formerly part of the MoD, announced on April 10 that it would manage the cyber network.

Whitehall sources told Public Finance that the network would play an influential role in determining the direction of sensitive policies, such as Home Office plans to introduce a national ID card system, by outlining what can and can't be achieved through the use of technology.

It would also co-ordinate the use of new systems with potential private sector partners and beneficiaries.

Other public policies that will be assessed include the wideranging e-government initiative, e-borders programmes and the development of biometric data.

Whitehall departments will also be keen to develop systems to prevent the sort of identity fraud that the Department for Work and Pensions fell victim to last year, sources said. …

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