Digital infrastructure as important as transport network


Digital infrastructure as important as transport network

Ian Grant

Government plans under the Digital Britain report to improve the digital communications infrastructure has raised its importance to same level as the UK's transport network.

Stephen Carter said the resilience and availability of the digital network were crucial to future industrial development and that it was as important as supporting the transport network.

Improvements to the communications infrastructure as a result of initiatives as a result of Digital Britain would benefit corporate users as well as consumers, said Carter.

However, he addressed the concerns of businesses in just five paragraphs, claiming that most medium and large enterprises were "sophisticated users" whose needs were already well-met.

He said the government would conduct a national network resilience test later this year. This would include tests of the security of data centres, access, back-up and recovery plans.

Carter also added that the government would publish a national cybersecurity policy in summer. This would define the interests and boundaries between national security, corporate security and personal security and the "operating interfaces" between them.

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