David Cameron seeks to strengthen security links with Barak Obama

Prime Minister David Cameron will push for greater collaboration between the UK and US against Internet-based cyber-attacks during his two-day visit to the United States.

The visit comes after a report released by the security and intelligence company GCHQ warned about the daily attacks by hackers, criminal gangs, commercial rivals and foreign intelligence services on companies’ computer networks.

The report also suggested that more than 80 per cent of large UK companies experienced some form of security breach last year. It estimates that incidents cost around £600,000 to £1.5m to fix.

"The Internet can be a hostile environment. The threat of attack is ever-present as new vulnerabilities are released and commodity tools are produced to exploit them,” the report said.

"Doing nothing is no longer an option; protect your organisation and your reputation by establishing some basic cyber defences to ensure that your name is not added to the growing list of victims."

According to Downing Street counter-terrorism is also on the agenda in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, as well as other international issues including security threats posed by ISIL in Syria and Iraq and the global economic outlook.

"The United Kingdom is a uniquely close friend and steadfast ally, and the President looks forward to beginning the new year by working with Prime Minister Cameron on these issues and reaffirming the enduring special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom," said John Earnest, White House press secretary, in a statement.

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