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UK Issues a First-of-a-Kind Cyber Security Strategy

Publications / Jan 30, 2022

Article written by Haim Ravia and Dotan Hammer

The United Kingdom Government issued a first-of-its-kind strategy document to assist the British public sector in building a strong foundation for cyber security resilience. According to a government press release, around 40% of the hundreds of cybersecurity incidents reported in the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021, were aimed at the public sector.

The document presents five main guidelines:

  1. Manage cybersecurity risks: identify, assess, and understand the risks, and share information about vulnerabilities across government.
  2. Protect against cyberattacks: implement proportionate cybersecurity measures in the technology and services you use. Classify, handle and share data in a way that is commensurate with the risks it presents.
  3. Detect cyber security events: monitor systems, networks, and services to detect cybersecurity events before they become incidents.
  4. Minimize the impact of cyber security incidents: establish mechanisms to restore affected systems and resume their operation with minimal disruption.
  5. Develop the right cybersecurity skills, knowledge, and culture: know your cyber security skills requirements and cultivate a cybersecurity culture that empowers learning and improvement.

As part of the UK’s new strategy, the government established a new Government Cyber Coordination Centre to assist in the coordination of cyber security efforts across the public sector, and a new cross-government vulnerability reporting service, among other things.

CLICK HERE to read UK’s 2022-2023 Government Cyber Security Strategy.

CLICK HERE to read the UK Government’s press release on the new Cyber Security Strategy.