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New report on the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme

by AprilSix Proof

The National Audit Office (NAO) report on the Government’s Cyber Security strategy

The Government’s National Cyber Security Programme objectives include tackling cyber-crime and making the United Kingdom one of the most secure places in the world to do business. The latest NAO report finds that the Government has made good progress in improving its understanding of the most sophisticated threats to national security. However, the level of understanding of threats to wider public services is varied.

The report also shows that while exports in UK cyber products and services have increased by 22% between 2012 and 2013, progress in encouraging trade and exports has been slow, and, according to the NAO’s survey of stakeholders, this is the objective against which the government currently has the poorest performance.

Some progress has been made in encouraging businesses and citizens to mitigate risks, particularly in getting larger companies to take action. The Government has, however, had a limited impact in targeting SMEs, where it has struggled to communicate guidance in a way that meets their needs. The financial management and governance mechanisms of the project are on target with delivery of the Programme’s budget expected by March 2016.

Overall, the NAO found that government continues to make good progress in implementing the Programme, which is helping to build capability, mitigate risk and change attitudes. Cyber threats, however, continue to evolve and government must increase the pace of change in some areas to meet its objectives.

For more details, visit the NAO