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Support Framework Required For UK Cyber Security Strategy

British Computer Society (BCS) : 29 November, 2011  (Company News)
Commenting on the recent release of the UK's Cyber Security Strategy, the British Computer Society is now calling on the Goverment to provide a framework of clarification for its implementation
Support Framework Required For UK Cyber Security Strategy
Following the publication of the UK Cyber Security Strategy, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, believes that the Government needs to now produce a framework that clarifies for businesses and individuals where accountability, liability and redress lie when cyber crimes are committed affecting online transactions.

The call for the framework is just one of four areas the Institute believes the Government needs to provide more emphasis on as part of its new strategy.

Louise Bennett, Chair of BCS Security, a community of information security and assurance professionals, explains: “The strategy is a good overall vision, with insightful analysis of both the opportunities and threats. However, we would like to see some further emphasis across certain aspects that will help both the public, businesses and the profession achieve the overall objectives.”

BCS Security believes that the Government’s Identity Assurance scheme will be critical both to the success of their “digital by default” strategy and to ensuring that the UK is a safe place to conduct business online.

The group also believes that the “Internet of things” in the near future will require considerable thought to ensure it can develop safely, provide enormous benefits and be fully protected from all aspects of cyber crime

Louise concludes: “While being totally supportive of the measures to encourage a cadre of cyber security professionals, these need to be underpinned by significant improvement in the teaching of mathematics, and in particular computer science in schools. While we’ve seen some commitment to this recently, we need to ensure it does come to fruition so that there is a pool of young people in the UK both to draw into the profession and to ensure, in the long term, that the overall understanding of basic cyber security by the general public is such that everyone can safely access Government Services and conduct business on-line.”
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