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The UK Government launches its First Ever Cyber Security Strategy

Council news

12:00 Tuesday, 25 January 2022

UK Cyber Security Council

Britain’s public services will be strengthened to further protect them from the risk of being shut down by hostile cyber threats, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay said today.

The minister will outline the cyber threat that government and wider public sector systems face in a speech today, as he launches the first ever Government Cyber Security Strategy.

In the speech in central London, Mr Barclay said that Britain is now the third most targeted country in the world in cyberspace from hostile states.

The new strategy will be backed by £37.8 million invested to help local authorities boost their cyber resilience - protecting the essential services and data on which citizens rely on including housing benefit, voter registration, electoral management, school grants and the provision of social care.

It is also important that Government continues the work it’s started around the Government Cyber Security Profession, ensuring this aligns with the wider efforts detailed in the National Cyber Strategy. Our work at the UK Cyber Security Council  is a critical element of ensuring the entire UK has a steady supply of cyber talent.

Key announcements in the strategy include:

  • Establishing a new Government Cyber Coordination Centre (GCCC), to better coordinate cyber security efforts across the public sector. Building on successful private sector models, such as the Financial Sector Cyber Collaboration Centre, the GCCC will rapidly identify, investigate and coordinate the government’s response to attacks on public sector systems. The centre will be based in the Cabinet Office and will ensure that data is rapidly shared, allowing us to ‘Defend As One’.
  • A new cross-government vulnerability reporting service, which will allow security researchers and members of the public to easily report issues they identify with public sector digital services. This will enable organisations to more quickly fix any issues identified.
  • A new, more detailed assurance regime for the whole of government, which will include robust assessment of departmental plans and vulnerabilities. This will give central government a more detailed picture of government’s cyber health for the first time.
  • £37.8 million invested into local authorities for cyber resilience - protecting the essential services and data on which citizens rely on including housing benefit, voter registration, electoral management, school grants and the provision of social care.
  • An innovative project to reduce government risk through culture change, in partnership with small businesses and academia.
  • Stepped up work to understand the growing risk from the supply chains of commercially provided products in government systems, ensuring security is a key part of procurement and working with industry on cyber vulnerabilities.

For more information about the government's cyber security strategy visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-ever-government-cyber-security-strategy-to-step-up-britains-defence-and-resilience--2.