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We are sharing info with competitors to combat cyber threats, says BSkyB

Matthew Finnegan | June 5, 2013
BSkyB last week fell victim to a cyber attack from the Syrian Electronic Army.

"That cross-industry working is incredibly important, so when we do have an attack, and last week it was the Syrian Electronic Army, we were working closely with ITN and other broadcasters affected, as well as other ISPs too."

Collaborating on a government level has also been important, and Davies said that one of the benefits of Project Auborn, now the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership, was that law enforcement agencies had the opportunity to listen to what businesses have learnt as part of their own experiences.

"There is good cooperation with the government, we work closely with BIS, and we work with law enforcement agencies," he said.

However there are also challenges with working to combat threats of an international and cross-border nature which create difficulties for law enforcers across the EU for example.

"We are looking at trans-national issues, we are looking at stuff that is outside the UK. It is quite challenging for law enforcement agencies to actually work together to deal with these issues, because when you are looking at legislation like the mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT), it doesn't lend itself to closer working with cyber crime."

Nevertheless, Davies said that the establishment of EU cyber crime agencies has helped share information about cyber threats on a wider scale.

With regards to its own operations, Davies said that the firm is aiming to further improve its collective defences by integrating its own security infrastructure, such as intrusion detection and prevention systems, with the data provided by other external sources.

"We want to take that information away and look at what we have got from the police, security services and so on and pull all of that information together."

He added: "That is where we are working towards at the moment - we want to be able to better predict the threats that we face looking beyond our network."


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