The UK and US have revealed they are joining together in some kind of digital Fight Club to help boost cyber security in the future.
Both nations will take part in cyber attack ‘war games’ to test out their respective digital infrastructures, as reported by the BBC.
It’s a result of talks between Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama, in which digital security was a hot topic.
The first staged attack is due to take place later this year, with the financial sector flagged as the target.
Both Wall Street and the City of London will be in the digital firing line, as part of an ‘unprecedent’ arrangement between the UK and the US.
Cyber security has been highly topical in recent times, largely thanks to the massive hack attack on Sony Pictures, and the more recent infiltration of the US Central Command’s Twitter feed.
As part of the push to improve security, Cameron recently announced he was hoping to push through a blanket ban on encryption.
The Prime Minister was quoted as saying: “Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read?”
Unfortunately for Cameron, the proposal has been widely regarded as ineffective, obtuse, and outright ignorant of the way technology works.
Many argue that banning encryption would act as the impetus for an exodus of the UK’s nascent tech sector, as well as moving the UK towards becoming a surveillance state.