Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility

According to cabinet minister Francis Maude, cyber security is a shared responsibility because no single government or organisation can have all the answers.

Maude said: "Working together is essential to success and it is crucial for the public and private sectors to come together to discuss how to tackle this."

He believes that although it is necessary to talk about cyber threats as "dark and challenging" there is also a positive side.

He added: "We should not lose sight of the benefits and opportunities that the internet brings."

Maude believes the government is determined to lead by example and is investing time and effort in improving cyber skills, set out in a Cyber Essentials Security Scheme. According to Maude the scheme provides clarity on good, basic cyber security practices to thwart most cyber attacks.

Maude said: "After going through a certification process, businesses will be able to show they have the right measures in place by displaying the Cyber Essentials badge, which we hope becomes the cyber equivalent of the MOT certificate."

Maude is certain that cyber security is an important consideration as the government starts to transform its digital presence.

The government is now turning its attention to digitising 25 high-volume public services to become faster, clearer and more convenient to use.

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