Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy

Cyber Security: Critical National Infrastructure inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Scope of the inquiry

The Government's 2016 cyber security strategy states that the cyber security of the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI)—from the physical infrastructure to the digital networks and data—is critical, because a successful attack "would have the severest impact on the country’s national security". Yet the strategy also acknowledges that across many priority sectors "cyber risk is still not properly understood or managed, even as the threat continues to diversify and increase". An additional challenge to Government is that most of the UK's CNI is owned and operated by the private sector.

The Joint Committee is holding an inquiry into the Government's approach to ensuring the cyber security of UK critical national infrastructure, exploring in particular how it works together with private-sector operators and industry regulators in doing so.

Submitting written evidence

If you wish to submit written evidence, the deadline to do so is Wednesday 17 January 2018.

We encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence. We aim to have diverse panels of Select Committee witnesses and ask organisations to bear this in mind when we ask them to choose a representative. We are currently monitoring the diversity of our witnesses.

Terms of reference


Next meeting(s)

There are currently no public meetings scheduled.


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