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Tackle cyber security with ad campaign, says Labour defence spokesman Jim Murphy

Warwick Ashford

Labour shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy says government should tackle cyber security with a mix of regulation and education with a hard-hitting advertising campaign.

He believes a campaign like the one against drink-driving would have similar success in raising public awareness about threats and encourage people to take more care online, according to the Guardian.

"For drink-driving, cultural change combined with government action turned what was once a social norm into an unacceptable behaviour in the eyes of the public and in law," said Murphy.

People need to realise that failing to take responsibility for security should be regarded as unacceptable behaviour, he told a security summit in Westminster. 

Murphy committed Labour to ensuring that keeping safe online becomes an important part of the UK's national curriculum review to educate children about the dangers online.

He also proposed that businesses should be kitemarked on the robustness of their computer systems. He said companies should spend more on their own defences, as any security chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Murphy said this was especially important in defence projects, where hackers could target small suppliers to get into the systems of the major defence companies.

A year ago an attempted cyber attack on defence supplier Lockheed Martin in the US was linked to an earlier data breach at RSA, the security division of EMC.

Since then, security industry experts have increasingly emphasised the importance of ensuring data protection throughout supply chains.


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