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November 26, 2014

Cyber security guidance helps protect human rights

Government backed cyber security guidance provides advice on how to manage export risks.

By CBR Staff Writer

The UK government and technology sector are working together to launch a pioneering approach to cyber security guidance and the management of risk.

Industry body techUK has published new guidance in association with the Institute of Human Rights and Business, and on behalf of the Cyber Growth Partnership, a specialist taskforce working in the area of cyber security.

The guidance, which is the first of its kind in the world, provides advice to cyber security firms that are looking to export their products and services.

The document gives detailed background information and a framework to help companies develop due diligence processes, manage human rights risks and identify security challenges.

"We want British companies to take the lead on protecting human rights and driving innovation in cyber security. The advice in this document is designed to help companies reduce reputational risk and to have confidence in the deals they make," said Ruth Davis, head of cyber, justice and emergency services at techUK.

It is hoped the guidance, entitled ‘Assessing Cyber Security Export Risks’, will reduces the likelihood of a buyer being able to use their technology to help perpetrate human rights abuses.

Technology used inappropriately might pose a risk to human rights, to UK national security and to the reputation and legal standing of the exporter.

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