A group of six security companies around Malvern has set up a 'dirty lab' to test computer security at small businesses. The Malvern Cyber Security Group, which has been part-funded by intelligence agency GCHQ, will simulate hacking attacks on SMEs, and stress test systems' malware defences, according to the BBC.
"My way of looking at it is that if you have a disease or virus that's dangerous to humans, you don't take it to a hospital ward to look at it," Dibble Clark, the chairman of Malvern-based 3SDL, told the BBC. "You take it somewhere more secure."
Larger companies have the resources to have systems penetration tested, but smaller companies can struggle to test defences, said the BBC.
The six companies: Encription, 3SDL, Borwell, C2B2, Deep Secure, and Level Peaks, are based in the West Country, close to GCHQ.