Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy

Cyber Security: UK National Security in a Digital World inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 8 June 2017 the Committee has now closed this inquiry.

Following the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017, all Select Committees cease to exist until after the general election.

If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

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.

Publications

No evidence has been published by the committee yet.

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