UK's New Cyber Strategy Designed to Boost Position as 'Global Cyber Power'

UK's New Cyber Strategy Designed to Boost Position as 'Global Cyber Power'

The UK government has published a new national cyber strategy to bolster the nation’s defensive and offensive capabilities amid rising attacks from criminal gangs and nation-state actors.

The government wants its wide-ranging strategy to solidify the UK’s “position as a global cyber power.” Plans to enhance the nation’s cyber-defenses include implementing the recently announced Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) that imposes minimum security standards on smart device manufacturers and increased funding in public sector cybersecurity. Additionally, the government said there will be an expansion of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)’s research capabilities.

There is also a strong emphasis on promoting offensive measures in the policy to better equip the military and police to take the fight to cyber-threat actors. For this, there will be increased funding for the UK’s recently established National Cyber Force and for law enforcement to help disrupt and target cybercrime groups.

Home Secretary Priti Patel commented: “Cybercrime ruins lives and facilitates further crimes such as fraud, stalking and domestic abuse. Billions of pounds are lost each year to cyber-criminals who steal or hold personal data to ransom and who disrupt key public services or vital sectors of the national economy.

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