As part of the Information Security Week’s festivities in June, the American Embassy had put on an event that CheckRecipient were kindly invited to by CyLon. The speaker, Conrad Prince, the UKTI Cyber Ambassador, gave the audience an overview of the foundations being laid by the British Government to help drive British Cybersecurity:

“The British Government spent £400mm on

cybersecurity efforts in the last year”

– Conrad Prince, UKTI Ambassador

1. Foster Transatlantic Partnership

According to Prince, The U.K. spent around £400mm on cyber security in the last year and almost 2/3 of that expenditure was spent on U.S. imports. It remains a priority for the British Government to prioritise this relationship.

2. Build the New National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Announced in November, the NCSC will be open and ready to go in October this year. It will bring the nation’s experts together to transform how the UK tackles cyber security issues. According to the GCHQ it will “be the authoritative voice on information security in the UK and one of its first tasks will be to work with the Bank of England to produce advice for the financial sector for managing cyber security effectively.”

3. Grow Skills, Education, and Training

People are just beginning to understand how important cybersecurity is and will be going forward and to keep the UK as an information security leader, to protect the UK’s government and industry, and to pioneer change in the industry there is a lot of work being done between the government, academia, and industry players around skills, education and training. Apprenticeships and retaining schemes are being pushed, doctoral studies are being funded, and young people aged 14–17 are being focused on for skill development to support the three verticals.2. Your Compliance & Information Security Divisions Can Get Overloaded

4. Support Vibrant British Industry

The government wants to push startups and SMEs towards growth and find ways to support exports from our businesses. There are new innovation funds being set up to invest in cyber startups and plans to focus on support within the NCSC. The challenge for the government comes with identifying the right startups and businesses to support.

5. Proactively Take on Proactive Measures around Cyber Warfare

He echoed George Osbourne’s November speech to GCHQ about building up immunity from and deterrence to hostile cyber attacks, post the tragic Paris attacks. It remains a concern for the UK that innovation needs to run to stand still, in light of the ever-increasing sophistication of cyber attacks.

It remains an interesting time in cybersecurity and it is great to see the government focusing on strategy to support industry, skill development, and trade. The CheckRecipient team will continue to follow this space closely.