Following the news that the UK government will launch what it calls the ‘first ever government cyber security strategy’ to counter increased cyber-attacks on IT systems and associated services within public services;
Rajesh Muru, Principal Analyst at GlobalData, offers his view on this new strategy:
“The UK government’s cybersecurity strategic
initiative looks good on paper and is likely to improve cyber resiliency in
some areas. However, for this to really work, both public and private enterprises
need to ensure they are agile in their implementation.
“The increased digitalization of public
services will only serve as a catalyst for cyberattacks in the future. The
National Cyber Security Centre is already reporting that 40% of attacks between
September 2020 and August 2021 were aimed at the public sector, demonstrating
the sheer volumes that need to be dealt with. However, the public sector has
always been notoriously red-taped and rigid—with decisions around IT and
systems often lacking the vision required for a digitally connected economy.
For example, funding for IT within public services has been behind the curve,
when considered against comparable private sector organizations.
“The UK government’s strategic initiative is
essential, but the government needs to bring in additional strategic
initiatives and programmes to reform and re-organize departments trying to
build upon weak foundations. It could learn a thing or two from the private
sector, when it comes to preparing for future digital services.”