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Cyber War Games are vital for UK's critical national infrastructure - Prof Carsten Maple comments

Talking about the news that 'Cyber attack war games' are to be staged by the UK and US, Professor Carsten Maple, Director of research in cybersecurity at WMG's Cyber Security Centre (CSC) at the University of Warwick, said:

"The challenge around securing cyberspace cannot be underestimated. We live in a highly connected information society and our everyday lives depend on technology in many ways, not just our entertainment and everyday lives but also for our critical national infrastructure. We are witnessing an increasing number of attacks on a variety of systems and these attacks are increasing in sophistication.

"It is vital for the UK to be able to protect its cyber environment, and currently we do not have enough people with the skills to address this. This new programme is an exciting initiative to help ensure the we have the depth of skills to address these threats. There are further initiatives, such as the Cyber Security Challenge, which encourages citizens to get involved in cyber security, and work being led by the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing and the professional certification body (ISC)2, to ensure our Computer Science graduates have the cyber security skills to help address this challenge."

Contacts:

Professor Maple, +44 (0)7850 297 725, Carsten.Maple@warwick.ac.uk.

Kelly Parkes-Harrison, Senior Press and Communications Manager, k.e.parkes@warwick.ac.uk, 02476 150868, 07824 540863

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Professor Maple, +44 (0)7850 297 725, Carsten.Maple@warwick.ac.uk.

Kelly Parkes-Harrison, Senior Press and Communications Manager, k.e.parkes@warwick.ac.uk,
02476 150868, 07824 540863

ISDN and Globelynx camera available for broadcast interviews.