Britain's new National Cyber Security Centre has invited private sector companies to train and collaborate with it on cyber defense, as Queen Elizabeth formally opened its London hub. As Francis Maguire reports, the ''NCSC Industry 100'' initiative will look to embed people from industry to identify threats and vulnerabilities, and develop advice to combat cyber attacks.
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~**BROADCASTERS: NO ACCESS UK DIGITAL: NO ACCESS UK Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, formally opening the UK's National Cyber Security Centre -- aimed at tackling what's fast becoming the modern-era's front-line. And to combat that ever-evolving threat - the government is turning to the private sector for collaboration, inviting businesses to nominate employees to embed in the defence hub. Chancellor Philip Hammond warning that cyber attacks are increasing in frequency, severity and sophistication. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER, PHILIP HAMMOND, SAYING: "Because the government cannot protect businesses and the general public from the risks of cyber-attack on its own. It has to be a team effort. It is only in this way that we can stay one step ahead of the scale and pace of the threat we face." The security centre is part of a 1.9 billion pound push to bolster Britain's cyber defences, and forms part of the government's intelligence and security organisation, GCHQ. The centre's chief executive Ciaran Martin says Britain has the target of 188 attacks in the last three months. Among them, Britain's largest cyber heist - 2.5 million pounds stolen from Tesco Bank - which the centre is still investigating. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE, NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY CENTRE, CIARAN MARTIN, SAYING: "When someone attack the UK, I want them to think of us as the hardest of targets. We're good at cyber security in the UK, but we want to, and need to, even better. Given 65% of large businesses reported a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months .. that effort, says Martin, begins with sharpening the tools of business to protect themselves.