The U.K.'s Ministry of Defense recently announced the launch of the Defense Cyber Protection Partnership (DCPP), a partnership between the Center for the Protection of National Infrastructure, Government Communications Headquarters, the Ministry of Defense, BAE Systems, BT, Cassidian, CGI, Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Selex ES and Thales UK (h/t The Inquirer).

The aim is to identify and implement ways to improve the cyber security of the DCPP's members as well as the U.K.'s defense sector as a whole. In cooperation with the trade associations ADS and Intellect, the DCPP will also work to enhance awareness and understanding of cyber security issues, particularly for the defense supply chain.

"I’m absolutely delighted by the level of commitment shown by the participating companies in helping us to build our national resilience against cyber attack, and I look forward to more of our key contractors coming on board," Minister for Defense Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said in a statement. "This is a clear demonstration that government and industry can work together -- sharing information, experience and expertise -- to make sure we do everything we can to protect these critical networks, ensuring that the business of Defense is robustly protected."