National Cybersecurity Strategy

By Paul Parkinson

Parkinson_lg On Monday, the UK government published its new national security strategy (PDF). This outlines the current and emerging security threats to the UK national interests, ranked by priority based on likelihood and impact. What caught my attention was the fact that theTier 1 (highest priority) threats include:  

'Hostile attacks on UK cyber space by other states and large scale cyber crime'

Until fairly recently, the threat of cyberwarfare has mainly been discussed in defence and security journals (see 'Evaluating Cyber Security', Digital Battlespace, Aug 2009), but there has been a growing focus on this in the mainstream media (although whether this is due to an increasing threat or an increasing media appetite is subjective).

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