Does the national cyberstrategy signal a return to common thinking?

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The UK unveiled its new national e-strategy (2021). The document explains how the nation will consolidate its position as a global cyberpower. The document was produced by the National Cyber ​​Council, who seeks to:

  • Provide thought leadership and professional standards.
  • Support careers and learning.
  • Define professional ethics.
  • Promote cybersecurity as a career opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds.

David Carroll, CEO of Nominet Cyber, reviews the content with an expert eye. Carroll tells Digital journal why this document is different from what has been produced before, noting: “The new National Cyber ​​Security Strategy 2022 represents a radical change in the UK’s approach. “

This is necessary because of the rapidly changing situation, Carroll said: “As Cabinet Office Minister Stephen Barclay pointed out in his speech today: We are at an inflection point. . The new strategy builds on previous strategies, but what is striking now is its scale.

Carroll notes the holistic nature of the document: “This is a comprehensive whole-of-government, pan-national strategy. It places cyber power at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy agenda and recognizes that every part of the strategy depends on international engagement.

Governments must be content a multitude of changes, such as:

  • 5G and 6G technology and other emerging forms of data transmission
  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Blockchain technology and its applications.
  • Semiconductors, microprocessor chips, microprocessor architecture.
  • Cryptographic authentication, including for identity and access management and high-assurance cryptographic products.
  • Internet of Things and technologies used in consumer, business, industrial and physical environments such as connected places.
  • Quantum technologies, including quantum computing, quantum detection, and post-quantum cryptography.

In addition to the benefits for the UK, Carroll says: “This puts a stake in the ground for the UK as a responsible and democratic cyberpower on the international stage. There is a lot to unbox, but the implementation program is bold in its ambition, which is to be welcomed.

Carroll says such a response is necessary for the modern world and the rapidly evolving process of government and business transactions. Carroll says, “Our economy is more digital than ever and we depend on increasingly diffuse infrastructure to maintain essential services. The drivers of change in cyberspace are many and varied, as the strategy makes clear. This increasingly complex landscape will make it more difficult for states, businesses and society to understand the risks they face and how they should protect themselves. “

This leads to different types of threats, Carroll notes: “The increased reliance on third-party managed service providers creates new risks, as evidenced this week as the world scrambles to address the LOG4J vulnerability. As the scale and speed of change in our digital landscape overtakes the frameworks, laws and institutions that govern the way we live and work, we must be prepared for strategic competition. Governments around the world will seek nationwide capabilities, rather than piecemeal cybersecurity solutions.

This has led to the need for common thinking, says Carroll: “Governments will seek solutions and capacities to protect entire ecosystems and economies. It is this multi-level and society-wide approach, with strategic international collaboration, that will enable the UK to harness its ‘cyber power’, defend its citizens and be a citizen of the United Kingdom. responsible world. “

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