The Government has rightly brought cyber into the Digital Strategy. By inculpating cyber into the Strategy, the Government is acknowledging cyber’s importance as the foundation for a secure digital economy. The Strategy rightly recognises the UK’s excellence in cyber and techUK supports the ambition to build on these strengths and make the UK one of the world’s leading cyber nations. Building on existing announcements, the message from Government is clear – cyber will be a key plank of the UK’s digital economy.
With that in mind, the measures that Government has put in place around the cyber security sector will go some way to help businesses take responsibility for their security, grow the UK’s cyber security capabilities and ensure that UK law enforcement has the resources and capabilities it needs to meet new threats head on.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will also provide businesses with the advice and support they’ll need to stay secure. The NCSC, with the help of the private sector, must work to make the UK the hardest possible target for cyber criminals and help protect our growing digital economy. In order for the NCSC to do this, it must be accessible by both businesses and the general public, protecting a far wider range of sectors beyond just Critical National Infrastructure (CNI).
While there are no significant new announcements, it is a welcome development to see the Government taking a joined up approach to cyber. Now DCMS needs to work in conjunction with the Industrial Strategy to make sure that cyber is built into a wide range of sectors. As the economy becomes increasingly digital, an effective cyber’s sector will be paramount.
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