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UK National Security Strategy: cybersecurity must have funding, warns think-tank

Warwick Ashford

The cybersecurity community is eagerly awaiting the publication of a new National Security Strategy this afternoon, says a government think tank.

"We are hoping that rumours of increased funding for cybersecurity initiatives are true," said Tony Dyhouse, cyber security director of the Digital Systems Knowledge Transfer Network.

The strategy will form the basis of tomorrow's planned Strategic Defence Review, which will set out the shape of UK forces in the light of expected budget cuts of around 8%.

The UK has the skills and necessary organisations in place, but adequate funding is what has been missing until now, he told Computer Weekly.

"It is very good that attacks on government and business IT systems have been recognised as among the top threats against the UK," Dyhouse said.

But, he said, initiatives such as the Cyber Security Operations Centre at GCHQ in Cheltenham, which was set up to co-ordinate threat information and responses, will not be able to function on a shoestring budget.

Serious funding is required if the country is to succeed in all it needs to do secure to UK cyberspace, said Dyhouse.

Increasing the resilience of critical infrastructure, monitoring IT and communications systems, responding to threats, and raising awareness around cybersecurity practices, cannot be achieved unless adequate funds are allocated to these activities, he said.


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