The information security arm of the Home Office – the National Information Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) – is set to provide early security warnings to major UK organisations.
Working with leading security specialists, NISSC will issue confidential alerts about software vulnerabilities weeks before they are released in the public domain.
The group has already teamed with security consultancy firms NGS Software and Corsaire to help discover the vulnerabilities.
"We can only disclose enough information for firms to protect themselves," said Dave Litchfield, director of NGS. "We can't give technical information on vulnerabnilties because that could give the exploit away to hackers. Our aim is to protect."