New UK cybersecurity strategy

The UK has approved its new National Cyber Security Strategy 2016 to 2021 built around three main pillars: defending, deter and develop. In defending the government institutions, critical infrastructure such as energy and transport sectors, and the overall UK economy from cyber-attacks, the government envisages partnership with industry to enhance cyber defense capacities of all actors. Stronger law enforcement capabilities should deter criminal activities, while investments in offensive cyber-capabilities, including the ability to retaliate, should deter state-sponsored cyber-attacks against critical sectors. Finally, developing cyber-competences across the society, such as by creating research institute and investing in students, experts and companies, should support the economy and society to meet the threats. The new National Cyber Security Centre, based in central London, will act as a central authority for cyber and will subsume the UK national CERT as well. According to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, the entire strategy will be underpinned by 1.9 billion Pounds of transformational investment.