A technological weapon that will allow some of Britain's most important companies fight back at growing levels of state-sponsored espionage is being launched today. The software package from business consultant Control Risks allows companies to highlight potential weaknesses.
* Development is a direct response to growing levels of state sponsored industrial espionage 200 firms identified as part of the UK's "Critical National Infrastructure".
* UK's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) encourages use of protective security provided by private firms
* The tool, designed by risk consultancy Control Risks allows companies to assess their strengths and vulnerabilities against the internationally agreed security standard ISO27001.
The software has been developed primarily for the 200 companies identified as part of the UK's Critical National Infrastructure.
Government agency, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) actively encourages use of protective security provided by private firms.
The innovation, called a Self-Assessment Score Tool, involves a check list of questions relating to the adequacy of a firm's systems in the 133 areas that contribute to overall security. These cover everything from shredding documents to perimeter fencing to protecting passwords.
The score tool analyses the responses to produce a report detailing how much work a company needs to do to meet the international security standard. Companies can run the system to establish a baseline to start monitoring their security performance.
Ian McGurk of Control Risks comments: "Unprecedented demands are being made on the resources of the 200 or so companies in the UK's critical national infrastructure. We in the private sector are proud to play a part in the collective effort to protect them. Companies vital to the national interest face a continual challenge to keep their closest secrets tightly locked away from rivals, especially those from abroad."
Thousands of the UK's larger firms are likely to request trial versions. An additional benefit to them is the reassurance it provides for their customers and suppliers if they know the system is in use.
David Lovibond, Monument PR
Tel: 01225 747213
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