Nick Watts


UK Cyber Strategy

By Nick Watts

The UK government is due to release the latest version of its Cyber Strategy – what opportunities exist for defence contractors? The UK has a privileged view of the cyber threat thanks to its signals intelligence relationship with the US and other allies. Both the US and UK have recently formed dedicated cyber units in their defence ministries to address this threat. During the formulation of the National Security Strategy (NSS), the government became increasingly aware that underlying every major threat was a discrete cyber threat. Consequently cyber was mentioned as one of four Tier one risks to the UK in the NSS. In the subsequent SDSR the government announced an additional GBP£650 million over 4 years to resource work on this threat. The new money is to fund a "transformative national cyber security programme".