Cyber Incident Response Scheme Launched

Two schemes that provide access to industry expertise to respond effectively to the consequences of cyber security attacks have been formally launched today by CESG, the Information Security arm of GCHQ, and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), in collaboration with the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), the professional body representing the technical security industry.

The new CESG twin-approach scheme will provide a list of government assured, certified providers of response and clean up services in the event of a cyber-attack as follows:

  • A broad based scheme led by CREST and endorsed by GCHQ and CPNI, which focuses on appropriate standards for incident response aligned to demand from all sectors of industry, the wider public sector and academia.
  • A small and focused Government run Cyber Incident Response scheme certified by GCHQ and CPNI responding to sophisticated, targeted attacks against networks of national significance.