So how should local government respond to these challenges? Cyber security and data privacy are board level issues and require careful strategy and governance to get right. Local authorities need to build cyber resilience into their organisations and the right tone from the top will set the agenda throughout the organisation.
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Although not a major topic in the campaign spotlight, we did see all of the major parties provide measures to attempt to address the growth in cybercrime in their respective manifestos.
The UK was delighted to host at the launch Larry Zelvin, the Director of the National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Centre (NCCIC). The NCCIC is CERT-UK's natural US counterpart based in the Department of Homeland Security. The UK welcomed Director Zelvin's US perspectives and the emphasis he firmly placed on the importance of close collaboration between the UK and US.
In its first year, the programme focused on understanding the problem. Threats in cyberspace are growing: over the past year, some 93% of large companies (and 87% of smaller ones) reported a cyber breach. Understanding these threats, and being able to detect them, was a vital first step.
It's difficult to imagine how cyber warfare could wreak the same havoc as traditional, conventional war. But as former director of national intelligence Mike McConnell once noted, cyber war has the potential to mirror the nuclear challenge - less in the physical sense, but in terms of the potential economic and psychological effects.
The UK's National Cyber Security Strategy aims to increase the scale and impact of these efforts by building resilience globally and assisting those countries that lack the infrastructure and expertise to protect their cyberspace, while also working to ensure cyberspace supports innovation, economic growth and social benefits.
The project is a great opportunity for company Boards to understand and manage risks that have the potential to cause major damage to their business. Companies can demonstrate leadership by making cyber a major part of risk management across their whole business.
The UK is losing the war against internet crime, an influential group of MPs has warned. Despite being the preferred target