Suppliers wishing to bid for certain government projects will have to earn a new kitemark demonstrating basic levels of cyber security.
At the time, science and universities minister David Willetts said that he hoped the government's kitemark-style "cyber standard", which launches next year, will help to ensure businesses are adopting good cyber security practices.
"With our own suppliers we will be saying you need to have this badge if you want to do business with government in certain categories of procurement," Reuters reported a senior government official as stating.
"If you had this standard it will not protect you against the very highest and most sophisticated threats but it would make sure you weren't going to be easy meat," he added.
Organisations that achieve the new standard will be able to thwart four-fifths of cyber attacks, the official said, before adding that it will ensure the UK's supply chain is properly protected.
In conjunction with the plan, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has developed a Cyber Security Suppliers Scheme – an official list of approved suppliers of cyber security products and services to the government that is designed to boost firms' sales and marketing efforts. The government has set a target of £1bn worth of annual cyber sales by 2016, more than double the 2012 export sales figure of £850m.
Two years on
The announcements come two years after the coalition launched its cyber security strategy. In a report, the government claims that the UK is in a "much better place" than it was two years ago.
The report highlights the National Cyber Crime Unit, which preventing cyber criminals from stealing £14m from a bank, and the National Crime Agency, which worked with the Metropolitan Police to catch six suspects who were sentenced to a total of 28.5 years after being convicted of stealing thousands of pounds from job hunters using fake online adverts for companies.
As well as documenting its achievements, the report outlines further plans, including one to enhance the level of cyber skills among the UK's population.
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