Video Games: Cybercrime

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 1st September 2014.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has taken steps to protect from cyber-crime attacks videogame developers and publishers who have products that are specifically based online.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

holding answer 16 July 2014

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is playing a key role in the Government’s five-year, £860 million National Cyber Security Programme and has delivered a range of measures to help protect all UK businesses from cyber crime attacks. The Government has regular discussions with the videogames industry, for example through the work of the Creative Industries Council. Companies can draw upon various forms of Government help and support, such as the range of good practice guidance and the £5,000 cyber security innovation vouchers aimed at small businesses and start-ups. BIS continues to work with Government and industry partners to raise awareness of cyber threats and encourage businesses to take action to protect themselves.

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