With growing numbers of people regularly using the internet, and online operations becoming increasingly crucial in both the public and private sectors, a new set of challenges has arisen around mitigating and responding to cyber threats, such as that which came to light during the WannaCry cyber attack in May 2017.
This policy promises to bolster the government’s response, prevent attacks and bring perpetrators to justice.
Four related policies can help us assess the status of this one:
- Strengthen cyber security standards for government and public services
- Ensure organisations and users are protected from cyber risks
- Continue with our £1.9 billion investment in cyber security
- Build on the establishment of the National Cyber Security Centre
We’ve rated the promise of investment as ‘done’ and the other three are ‘in progress’. Between them, those policies cover most of the areas relevant to this policy. Assessing the promise “to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice” is challenging, as official data is not currently collated in a way that enables a quantitative judgement to be reached.
Based on our verdicts for the four related policies, we deem this one to be ‘in progress’. If all the others move to ‘done’, then this probably will too, although we’ll need to consult with independent organisations about that promise to bring perpetrators to justice. Follow this policy for updates.
Bolster your databank, get the details
- Internet users, UK: 2018 – Office for National Statistics
- Massive ransomware infection hits computers in 99 countries – BBC News
- The number of convictions for Computer Misuse Act offences, between 2016 and 2018 – Office for National Statistics