International legal practice Osborne Clarke recently took part, as the sole legal participant, in an exercise run by the Home Office to combat and reduce firms’ vulnerability to the threat of cyber crime attacks.

Organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors participated in an immersive crisis simulation exercise, testing responses to critical incidents, with feedback and contribution from a panel of experts drawn from a cross-section of the UK’s leading law enforcement agencies.

The objective behind the operation was to test the ability of policing and law enforcement agencies to prioritise and coordinate the response to large scale cyber crime nationally, regionally and locally.  It forms part of the government’s increased investment in cyber crime as it seeks to collaborate with partners in both the public and private sectors, to ensure an effective multi-agency response to this growing problem.

Charlie Wedin, head of Osborne Clarke’s cyber security group, who attended the exercise said:

“At Osborne Clarke, we are increasingly carrying out crisis simulation exercises with clients, including preparing for critical cyber incidents. This was a great opportunity to put ourselves to the test in a secure environment and compare notes with a variety of other organisations that are facing up to cyber threats.”

Jeremy Summers, who leads Osborne Clarke’s business crime practice, also commented:

“The session demonstrated the assistance that law enforcement agencies can offer in complex cyber crime situations, providing invaluable assistance and knowledge to help deal with issues quickly and sensitively.”

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