National Cyber Security Strategy Summary
The Government today launched its new National Cyber Security Strategy. The Strategy, underpinned by £1.9bn investment, sets out how the UK will use automated defences to defend citizens and businesses against growing cyber threats, support the UK’s growing cyber security industry, develop a world-class cyber workforce and deter cyber-attacks from criminals and hostile actors.
Summary in 3 Parts by TechUK
The strategy sets out how government will strengthen its own defences as well as making sure industry takes the right steps to protect the critical national infrastructure in sectors like energy and transport. This will be done in partnership with industry and will make use of automated defence techniques to reduce the impact of cyber-attacks by hackers, stopping viruses and spam emails ever reaching their intended victims, for example.
Significant investment in the National Cyber Security Strategy goes towards taking the fight to those who threaten Britain in cyber-space and relentlessly pursuing anyone who persists in attacking the UK. This will be done in part through strengthening law enforcement capabilities to raise the cost of cyber-crime, building international partnerships and being clear that the UK will defend itself in cyberspace and strike back against those that try to harm our country.
The new plan places strong emphasis on developing the nation’s capabilities to keep pace with cyber threats. Through the Strategy, Government will increase investment in the next generation of students and experts through a new Cyber Security Research Institute – a virtual collection of UK universities which will look to improve the security of smart phones, tablets and laptops through fraters that could one day make passwords obsolete.
This builds on a range of cutting edge skills and education initiatives, including cyber apprentices, retraining schemes and an advanced cyber security teaching in schools, which are already being developed.
Government is also creating the UK’s first cyber security Innovation Centre in Cheltenham, a Cyber Innovation Centre in London as well as a Cyber Innovation Fund next year to develop innovate technologies and products. The Strategy also focuses funding on training and support for cyber start-ups and academics to help them commercialise cutting edge research and attract investment from the private sector.
Commenting on this Julian David, CEO, techUK said: “Although we have some of the best cyber security capabilities in the world, we cannot be complacent about the evolving cyber threat. This new strategy is a robust and comprehensive response from Government to the growing cyber threats that we face. It is now time for businesses across the country to step up and play their part in keeping their businesses and the UK as a whole secure.”
Read here the full document: National Cyber Security Strategy