The UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has introduced a new Cyber Incident Response scheme in cooperation with the Center for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).

"The project, in its pilot phase, recommends four companies selected for their expertise in computer forensics and their ability to respond to digital attacks on electronic systems," writes The Register's John Leyden.

"BAE Systems Detica, Cassidian, Context IS and Mandiant have been accredited to sell services under the Cyber Incident Response scheme which will see them perform clean-up operations in the wake of ... cyber attacks, a GCHQ spokesperson told SC," writes SC Magazine's Tom Espiner. "'The companies will respond to an incident by analysing and then containing the incident, and then cleaning it up,' they said."

"GCHQ and the Cabinet Office have been talking up the need for greater collaboration across public and private sectors in recent months, stemming back to the creation of the first UK Cyber Security Strategy, released in November 2011," writes TechWeekEurope's Tom Brewster. "Earlier this year, the government launched the '10 Steps to Cyber Security' document, designed to assist organisations in preparing for attacks."

"More broadly, the government and GCHQ are trying to establish the UK as something of a hub for online security services," writes ZDNet's David Meyer. "They, along with several universities and research councils, set up a 'Research Institute in the Science of Cyber Security' at University College London in September."