Calling all cyber professionals: Improving UK cyber security

The government is appealing for businesses to get in touch after studies revealed that less than 20% of boards fully understand the true impact of the cyber threat landscape.

Digital minister Matt Warman has issued a call for evidence to gain cross-sector opinion. The main points of the review include:

- Recognising the obstacles that stop organisations from improving cyber security;

- Evaluating existing regulations including GDPR and NIS, and addressing any gaps.

The review is seeking input on the hurdles organisations face when taking action on cyber security, identifying the information that would help organisations invest in cyber security, and looking at what else the government could do to stimulate more effective cyber risk management.

Warman said: “Good cyber security is an absolute necessity but recent research shows less than a fifth of company Boards understand the impact associated with cyber threat. I hope this review will encourage the industry to think about what government could do to help and what incentives might encourage firms and businesses to manage their cyber risk.

“By driving cyber security improvements across the whole economy we can help make the UK the safest place to live and do business online.”

The review welcomes input from all types of businesses in all sectors, especially membership bodies, consultancies, auditors, insurers, investors, corporate and risk governance bodies, regulators and professional associations.

The consultation is open until 20th December 2019. Cyber professionals may respond here.

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