Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has warned that cyber attacks cost the UK economy billions of pounds each year.
Speaking on the launch of a new security cell to combat cyber attacks, he said the government intends to make Britain one of the safest places to do business in cyberspace.
Mr Maude said: "We know that cyber attacks are happening on an industrial scale and businesses are by far the biggest victims of cyber crime in terms of industrial espionage and intellectual property theft."
More top news
Giant female panda Jia Jia holds the title for the oldest panda ever in captivity having reached the equivalent of 111 in human years.
Tesco is withdrawing a range of soft drinks, including sugary varieties of Ribena and Capri Sun, due to concerns over child obesity.
Mother charged with intent to pervert the course of justice after alleging her breastfeeding child was pulled from her by a security guard.