- The UK government will step up efforts to protect businesses from cyber attacks, minister David Lidington writes for Business Insider.
- The National Cyber Security Centre — set up in 2016 — has defended the UK from over 1,100 cyber attacks.
- However, the threat of cyber attacks is not going away, and a majority of businesses are not sufficiently equipped to fight the threat of cybercriminals and hacktivists, Lidington warns.
- The government will offer businesses a “toolkit” for defending itself from cyberwarfare.
- The UK cyber security industry has generated £5 billion to the economy. “It is right that we invest in cybersecurity start-ups and support the wider industry,” Theresa May’s de facto deputy writes.
The UK is at the forefront of a worldwide digital revolution. Most of us have embraced digital technology, and depend on it more and more in our daily lives, both at home and at work. Our ever-increasing levels of internet access are driving our digital industry which is now growing faster than any other part of the UK’s economy.
However, all this growth brings with it ongoing and developing dangers from hostile states, “hacktivists” and cybercriminals.
Cybersecurity is one of my main priorities, as well as the government’s, and we are committed to making the UK the safest place to live and do business online. In 2016, recognising the need for a comprehensive approach, we launched the National Cyber Security Strategy to help us achieve this and to build our resilience to cyber attacks. Central to this was the creation of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It has brought together the very best experts and intelligence to fight online attackers — and defended the UK from more than 1,100 cyber attacks.
This morning, I will be opening trading at the London Stock Exchange and meeting business leaders before their first cybersecurity master class. I welcome their engagement — and I am grateful to the financial services sector for developing CBEST, a successful model which tests and improves our ability to find and act against potential threats. Last week, I announced GBEST — a new government scheme inspired by this model which will help protect the public sector from highly sophisticated and persistent cyber attacks.