Osborne Pledges £1.9bn in Cyber Security

A national cyber plan has been launched by Chancellor George Osborne.

Osborne said the government has decided to make cyber security a top priority and make Britain the best-protected nation in cyber space.

Osborne said: "In the spending review, I have made a provision to almost double our investment to protect Britain from cyber attack and develop our sovereign capabilities in cyber space, totalling £1.9bn over five years.

"If you add together the spending on core cyber security capabilities, protecting our own networks and ensuring safe and secure online services, the government's total cyber spending will be more than £3.2bn."

He also announced the details of a National Cyber Security Plan. This will include establishing a national cyber centre at GCHQ to host a "cyber force" that is equipped to handle cyber incidents in Britain, in order to ensure "faster, more effective responses to cyber attacks".

"The centre will be a unified source of advice and support for the economy, replacing the current array of bodies with a single point of contact", Osborne said.

Osborne promised stronger defence strategies with increased capabilities for the UK's National Cyber Crime Unit "so that - in partnership with their counterparts worldwide - they attack the assumption among too many that cyber crime is risk-free and comes with a little risk of consequence".

The plan includes a cyber skills programme to identify young people with "cyber talent" and provide them with training and a stronger regulatory framework.

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