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Parliament Committee Assails UK’s Cybersecurity Defenses

Magazine article Information Management

Parliament Committee Assails UK’s Cybersecurity Defenses

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The influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of British Parliament has issued a report that says the UK's approach to cybersecurity is "inconsistent, dysfunctional and chaotic," as reported by zdnet. com.

The indictment is contained in PAC's "Protecting information across government," and it seems especially relevant after Defence Secretary Michael Fallon's recent warning about persistent cyber attacks by Russia against the West.

In urging the government to establish a clear approach to protecting the nation from hackers and cyber-espionage, the report describes breaches at Tesco Bank, Northern Lincolnshire, and Goole NHS.

The report suggests the government has been too slow responding to the threats; it has been warned about such a national security risk since 2010. Over the years, the government has established initiatives and agencies but has not coordinated the "alphabet soup" of the 40 agencies and departments that are tasked to protect British cyberspace. …

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