We live in an inter-connected world that we could not have imagined even two decades ago. While it brings almost limitless opportunities, there are also threats. It is absolutely vital that the applications and connections we use are as secure as possible.
We want the UK to be one of the safest places to do business in cyber space. There are many ways we can achieve this ambition. But we cannot make progress unless we share as much information as possible about the threats we face. So we want to produce reliable information about cyber security breaches and make it publicly available. I welcome the fact that so many organizations across the UK have shared their experiences in this year’s Information Security Breaches Survey, which is a key commitment in the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy.
As the number and cost of breaches have risen this year, it is encouraging to see the steps some businesses are taking to improve their cyber security. However, there is clearly a lot more Government and industry can do to continue tackling this issue. Last year, the Government launched the Cyber Essentials scheme. Nearly half of businesses surveyed have either already implemented it or plan to do so. If you use these basic technical controls, you can protect yourself against the most common cyber attacks. All businesses and organizations should adopt the scheme as a vital first step – no ifs or buts.
Of course, many businesses and organizations will need to have in place far more controls and procedures to manage the risks they face, and we will continue to work with them to make this happen.
The Government’s ongoing efforts to protect and enhance the UK in cyber space will be informed by the information in this report.
2015 Energy Industry Cybersecurity Report
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