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NCSC to Educate Politicians on Cybersecurity

NCSC to Educate Politicians on Cybersecurity

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is to run special classes in a bid to educate UK politicians on cyber threats to democracy.

Recently there have been growing concerns in political circles about cyber threats, as a US intelligence report concluded that Russia had organised cyber attacks against Hilary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to influence the outcome of the US presidential election.

At the time the Prime Minister, Theresa May, reportedly said it was up to individual political parties to protect themselves against cyber attacks. However now, the NCSC is taking action.

According to The Sunday Times, the chief executive at NCSC has now written to political parties warning them of the “potential for hostile action against the UK political system”.

He warned that databases of voters’ views and personal information could be at risk, promising seminars to educate politicians. 

Martin said: “You will be aware of the coverage of events in the United States, Germany and elsewhere reminding us of the potential for hostile action against the UK political system

“This is not just about the network security of political parties’ own systems. Attacks against our democratic processes go beyond this and can include attacks on parliament, constituency offices, thinktanks and pressure groups and individuals’ email accounts.”

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