The United Kingdom is partnering up with nine defense contractors and telecommunications companies as fear regarding the future of cyber security settles in.
The program is called the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership, according to the BBC, and is designed to come up with stronger policies and standards for businesses of all sizes to adhere to. Those included in the partnership include Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, and more.
The United Kingdom lists cyber security as a top threat in its National Security Strategy, according to the BBC. On Monday, the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) also said that the government is hit by 70 meaningful cyber security attacks every month.
While no new standards have yet been created, the government says it hopes that this kind of privacy and public sector agreement will be a model to those around the world.
GCHQ director Sir Iain Lobban explained to the BBC in a previous interview that some U.K. companies have unfortunately not caught some of these stealthier intrusions, leaving attacks in their systems unnoticed for years. Secrets in the U.K., according to Lobban, are leaked out on an “industrial scale,” showing the need for the U.K. to get serious about its cyber security quickly.