The National Cyber Policy focuses on creating a balanced approach towards maximizing the economic benefits of digital technology and proactive management of cyber risks. Programs for enhancing the digital skills of individuals and providing significant roles to the private sector have been incorporated in the new policy. A £ 2.6 billion investment backs the policy.

The new strategy requires businesses to prevent cyber-attacks by building in basic protections. Under the new policy, the government also intends to work with insurers and investors to encourage good cyber security practices.
According to cyber risk expert Laura Gillespie of Pinsent Masons, the new policy exhibits a “whole society” approach to cyber security.

Under the new strategy, a new ‘national cyber advisory board’ is proposed to be formed, which will consist of leaders from private and third sectors. A new ‘national laboratory for operational technology security’ responsible for testing and providing training on critical industrial technology is also proposed to be formed.

The policy also emphasizes creating expertise in existing and emerging technologies like 5G, 6G, AI, semiconductors and microprocessors, etc., which are essential for becoming a cyber power.

Aside from that, a significant space has been established under the policy for individuals to improve their cyber skills. A new training platform for children called ‘Cyber Explorers’ also shall be started in classrooms. The government will also seek to provide boot camps and apprenticeships.

The new policy also seeks to grant the ‘Royal Charter’ to UK Cyber Security Council to bring cyber security professionals in line with other professional occupations.

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-Shubham Kumar

(Content Writer, WCSF)

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