Good Cyber Security Underpins the Entire Digital Economy, says Government



The UK government has urged businesses to do more to defend themselves against the threat of cyber security breaches.

Government figures show that nine in 10 British businesses suffered a cyber attack in the past year, and these attacks are posing “a serious threat to the UK’s national security”, according to Minister for the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey.

Speaking at the Financial Times Cyber Security Europe Summit, Mr Vaizey said: “Good cyber security underpins the entire digital economy – we need it to keep our businesses, citizens and public services safe. The UK is a world leader in the use of digital technologies but we also need to be a world leader in cyber security.”

To help businesses in their bid to better defend themselves from cyber attacks, the government has revealed that it is creating a £500,000 fund for universities and colleges to teach cyber security skills. This latest pool of funding comes on top of the £860 million that the government has already invested into the National Cyber Security Programme since 2011.

Mr Vaizey said that having staff with the right skills is critical to bolstering organisations’ cyber defences, which is why academic institutions can now apply for up to £80,000 worth of funding – to be spent on creating the next generation of cyber security experts – which they themselves must then match.

In his speech, the Digital Economy Minister also announced that over 1,000 businesses have now adopted the Cyber Essentials standard to help protect them from common web threats.

“Trust and confidence in UK online security is crucial for consumers, businesses and investors. We want to make the UK the safest place in the world to do business online and Cyber Essentials is a great and simple way firms can protect themselves,” Mr Vaizey said.

The latest business to join was Intel Security, and James Stirk, the company’s regional director for government, said: “The Cyber Essentials programme represents another positive step forward in the government’s proposals to raise standards of cyber security and protect British businesses from internet-based attacks.

“By providing organisations with the criteria and opportunity to meet basic cyber security hygiene standards, this initiative will increase confidence for businesses as well as their customers and partners.”

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