What’s next for the National Cyber Security Strategy?1 min read


Launched in 2016, the current National Cyber Security Strategy is set to come to an end by 2021. With just over a year to go, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has started to consider what might come after it. A recent article in Computer Weekly considers the programme’s achievements to date and looks at likely future strategies.

The article cites successes such as the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), but it also links to a report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) from earlier this year. In that report, the PAC said that the programme had achieved just one of its 12 initial aims.

So what might a future version of the strategy attempt to address? In the article Phil Aitchison, Atos UK and Ireland COO of big data and security, outlined some developments that have taken place since the Strategy was launched and may feature in its successor. These developments also informed a white paper (“Vision for cyber security 2”) published by Atos, which may also influence future policy.

As Aitchison explained: “There are three main things that have happened. First, GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] – the regulations are all out there and we’ve seen that they have been understood by industry, although we’ve also seen some fines started to be levied.

“Second, the threat landscape has fundamentally changed. Third, the tools to address these threats have also changed. We see a lot more innovation, particularly around machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

Take a look at the full article via the link.

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