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Cyber security portal set up to build capacity

Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre to aid in building cyber defences

Upton: The portal is intended to be a key source of information for protecting against cyber risk.
Upton: The portal is intended to be a key source of information for protecting against cyber risk.

A new cyber security portal has been established to help organisations to increase their capacity to combat cyber threats.

The Cybersecurity Capacity Portal has been created by the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, based at the Oxford Martin School, in partnership with Oxford's Saïd Business School.

The portal, which will be open to all, is intended to give policy-makers, governments, agencies, international and regional organisations, industry groups, academics, NGOs and others with a role in cybersecurity capacity building, information on a wide range of essential elements of cybersecurity; from national policies, regulation and protecting against cybercrime, to encouraging responsible cyber culture and building skills in the workforce and leadership - as well as technological developments to enable better cybersecurity.

Content will be collated by a team from the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre and will include publically available material including government directives, case studies, articles, videos and industry. Users can also suggest content, although it will not include commercial material from security vendors.

Users can also join discussion groups or suggest new content to ensure that the portal contains the latest thinking on threat-related issues.

Centre director, Professor Sadie Creese, commented: "Building capacity in cybersecurity is essential to keeping our online environments, societies and economies safe and prosperous. This new portal will be a one-stop shop for essential information on what is already being done around the world and what we can learn from those experiences to enable us to better increase the scale, pace and quality of cybersecurity."

David Upton, Professor of Operations Management at Saïd Business School, co-chairs research into internal cyber attacks: "Cybersecurity needs a multi-pronged approach, and here at the Business School we've been focusing on education, leadership and skills," he said "It's increasingly clear that these risks need to be addressed at executive level, not just by the IT Department, and this portal will be a key source of information to help with this.

"The portal is a developing resource, and new information is constantly being added to enrich the repository of information. In 2015 the Centre is planning to include an online interactive tool to help users assess and build their cybersecurity capacity. We also plan to further develop the regional aspects of the resource, to make this a comprehensive source of information and assistance," he added.

The creation of the portal has also been supported by a network of experts in Oxford's Department of Computer Science and Cyber Security Centre, Oxford Internet Institute, and in institutions worldwide.