Britain to review its cyber security in digital world inquiry launch

A former Foreign Secretary is spearheading the launch of an inquiry by the UK government into its own cyber security.

The Government has said it will treat a cyber attack on the UK as seriously as any conventional attack. National security implications by the leap to cyber are fuelling increasing concerns and creating “new vulnerabilities”, warns ex-Foreign Secretary Dame Margaret Beckett. Dame Margaret, the chair of Parliament’s Joint Committee on the National sk© Security SAVER SALE Strategy, says the internet has “changed our daily lives almost beyond recognition”.

The launch comes just 48 hours after US intelligence agencies accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of ordering an initiative to help Donald Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US presidential campaign. “Attention has recently focused on the potential exploitation of the cyber domain by other states and associated actors for political purposes, but this is just one source of threat that the Government must address through its recently launched five-year strategy,” added Dame Margaret. Cyber-attacks have been on the rise in the UK, with banks and retailers increasingly becoming the targets of hackers.

Reported criminal attacks on financial institutions in Britain rose from just five for all of 2014, to 75 in the first nine months of 2016, data from the Financial Conduct Authority shows. Last year, retailer Tesco’s banking arm suffered an attack that saw some ?2.5 million stolen from 9,000 current accounts. The inquiry will look at the types of cyber-threats faced by the UK, the extent of human, financial and technical capital committed to address them, and the development of offensive cyber capabilities, among other related issues.

In November the second National Cyber sk© Security SAVER SALE Strategy was launched to address challenges relating to cyber-security with a total budget of ?1.9 billion up to 2021.

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By Nick Hudson[1]

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  1. ^ Nick Hudson (www.policeprofessional.com)

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