Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy

Cyber Security: UK National Security in a Digital World inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Closing date for submissions was 20 February 2017.

Scope of the inquiry

The rapid development and implementation of digital technology has transformed government, business and society. This digital revolution has led to new threats to the United Kingdom. Cyber security—the protection of systems, networks and data in cyberspace—is critical. Utilities and infrastructure essential to daily life are now dependent on secure digitised processes.

Cyber will become even more important as more devices are connected to the internet and the Internet of Things becomes the norm.

The 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review identified “The impact of technology, especially cyber threats” as one of the four key security challenges facing the UK. The second National Cyber Security Strategy set out the diversity of actors seeking to exploit cyber vulnerabilities for illicit purposes. The Strategy was launched in November 2016 to address challenges in relation to cyber security with a total budget of £1.9 billion for 2016 to 2021.

The Joint Committee is holding an inquiry into UK cyber security.

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