The UK Cyber Security Council announced itself to the public realm last week by touting a domain it doesn't own. Helpfully, internet jokesters then bought up variations on the official address.
A brainchild of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the UK Cyber Security Council is billed by government as "the regulatory body, and voice, for UK cyber security education, training and skills." As part of that it "drives progress towards meeting the key challenges the profession faces."
All very worthy and important. When British infosec folk noticed that the official press release mentioned an email address for ukcybersecurity[.]org[.]uk, however, everything started unravelling.
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Why? Because the UK Cyber Security Council didn't own ukcybersecurity[.]org[.]uk. Nobody did – until Adrian Kennard bought it and pointed it at his personal blog, where he dispensed some gentle advice to the new org.
"One of the tips I can give you when it comes to cyber security is that you should be careful to ensure that contact details you publish actually belong to you," wrote Kennard, who runs a UK ISP, adding: "It took a while to stop laughing at the irony first, but now, yes, the UK Cyber Security Council are welcome to ukcybersecurity.org.uk. They can email me at [email protected] for more information (be nice)."