Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and companies who can manage such incidents are in short supply, said IT security firm MWR InfoSecurity, who were announced today as one of the British certified incident response (CIR) consultancies.
The certification was awarded by CESG, which is the information security arm of GCHQ, and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).
Alex Fidgen, director at MWR InfoSecurity, said: “Incident Response skills are currently in short supply and there is an increasing need of genuine, proven capability in this area – particularly in an age of increasingly complex cyber attacks.”
He added: “This scheme will help to professionalise this part of the industry and provide businesses and the Government with accredited services and qualified professionals.”
This announcement is part of the Certified Incident Response scheme launched by CESG andCPNI in August 2013.
The scheme provides a list of consultancies certified to respond effectively to high-end cyber security attacks, which organisations can turn to for assistance if they have been compromised or have suffered a cyber security incident. However, it is primarily aimed at the public sector and the UK’s critical national infrastructure, including the energy and financial sectors.
For this reason, the UK Government looked at the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) to provide this wider accreditation for IT consultancies that can work as CIR suppliers for companies in the private sector, which still remains vulnerable and is being increasingly targeted by cyber attackers and criminals.