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Deloitte comments on the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021

1 November 2016

Bryan Hurcombe, public sector lead for Deloitte UK’s cyber risk practice said:

“The Chancellor’s proclamation on how the UK Government will spend £1.9 billion on cyber security is a welcome part of a wider strategy to make the UK a preferred location for digital enabled business. This strategy, not without its challenges, has seen the development of the National Cyber Security Centre in London, bringing the expertise of GCHQ right into the heart of the city. This latest initiative will generate capabilities to defend, deter and disrupt cyber threats against the UK.

“This is a race against the increasing threats and greater numbers of foreign and domestic organisations with the malign intent and the technical know-how. As businesses increase their digital footprint they will naturally increase their vulnerability. Budgeting to reduce the risk of the exploitation of these vulnerabilities must become part of the 21st Century business model; security must be a standing item on the board’s agenda and business plan.

“A key challenge remains the cyber talent and skills shortage. Greater prioritisation of investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in early education would ensure Britain remains ahead in cyber defence, and keep it there for the next generation.”

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