UK plans ‘full spectrum’ approach to national cyber security

by Jeremy

The government is to set out a new “full-spectrum” approach to the UK’s national cyber security capabilities in this week’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, which is set to be published later this week.

UK british army union flag adobeIn what is being described as the most extensive review of the UK’s defensive capabilities and national security stance since the end of the Cold War, the government will set out the importance of cyber security to the nation’s defense, ranging from cyber-enhanced battlefield capabilities for the Armed Forces, right down to internet security for home users.

The government said the proposals contained in the review would dramatically enhance the UK’s ability to detect, disrupt and deter enemies while taking advantage of the digital revolution. Recent attacks against the UK’s interests have shown that adversaries are also investing in their capabilities, hence the need for a new approach, it will argue.

The new cyber strategy will create a fit-for-purpose cyber ecosystem, bringing more investment in education, partnerships with the security industry, and better integration across the defense and intelligence services, the government claimed.

“Cyber power is revolutionizing the way we live our lives and fight our wars, just as airpower did 100 years ago. We need to build up our cyber capability so we can grasp the opportunities it presents while ensuring those who seek to use its powers to attack us and our way of life are thwarted at every turn,” said prime minister Boris Johnson.

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