Start Acomodating information security in our business

Acomodating information security in our business

In the home we are running multiple Internet connections, home entertainment systems, digital televisions and telephone lines that converge into a single set top box, dealing with more complex information year upon year.

We want to make it clear that this competition is not about funding research that won't produce tangible results.

The competition offers the only UK public money currently available to address the security of society's complex information systems, so naturally we want to see a return from our investment.

This small scale local event cascaded into a major outage for a large population of eastern United States and Canada.

Closer to home we witnessed the Buncefield oil explosion and subsequent fires in 2005.

We need to start taking a prevention approach, not cure.

We need collaborations across diverse industry sectors such as transport, healthcare, engineering and finance - all underpinned by IT expertise.

You've woken up, checked the television or radio news for transport updates, read emails on your Black Berry, tweaked your Sat Nav system on the way to school, work, or the supermarket.

You're barely an hour into your day, and yet, you've become reliant on complex systems underpinned by IT.

For example, a significant systems failure was the electrical blackout of the eastern seaboard of the United States in August 2003.

This breakdown in continuity lasted for more than 48 hours and affected more than 50 million people.

These systems will get even more complex in the future, so there is an element of the unknown.