In an increasingly digital world, strong cyber security has become more important than ever. It is for this reason that the previous government announced in November 2016 the introduction of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021. Importantly, this strategy was to be backed by £1.9 billion in government investment over a period of five years. It is this investment that the current government pledged to continue in its 2017 manifesto.
The government has fulfilled its pledge and continued with the investment as planned. In an announcement in March 2018, the government confirmed that the work of the National Cyber Security Strategy is ongoing. Additionally, new initiatives under the strategy have commenced since the election. For example, the Cyber Security Skills Immediate Impact Fund was announced in February 2018, with funding coming from the £1.9 billion of the National Cyber Security Strategy.
As a result, with the government reaffirming its commitment and continuing with the £1.9 billion investment in cyber security, this policy can be marked as ‘done’. It will stay that way unless there is an unexpected reversal. Follow this policy for updates.
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- National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 – Gov.uk
- Government announces support for cyber security companies to protect UK and allies – Gov.uk
- Cyber Security Skills Immediate Impact Fund – Gov.uk
- Britain to spend 1.9 billion pounds on boosting cyber defenses – Reuters
- UK commits £1.9B to National Cyber Security Strategy, working with Microsoft and more – Techcrunch
- #TEISS17: Why the government is investing £1.9 billion in cyber security – Business Reporter