London, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) welcomes the publication today (November 01, 2016) of the UK’s new National Cyber Security Strategy (2016-2021).
The Government’s decision to allocate £1.9bn investment towards implementing the new approach is an important move, and reflects the now widely-acknowledged reality that a step-change is needed to tackle this enormous societal challenge. The retail industry looks forward to developing the strong partnerships that have already being created with government and law enforcement agencies in this area, and working with partners including the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to ensure that the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats.
The indication in the strategy that the government will define how the private sector and the public engage with the Government during a cyber incident, and that the
Government’s level of support for each sector will be clearly defined and understood, is particularly welcome. The retail industry has been calling for greater coordination around the response to cyber security incidents and the BRC believes the creation of the NCSC in support of the strategy presents a unique opportunity to begin to develop a more coordinated approach to public-private cooperation.
HUGO ROSEMONT, CRIME AND SECURITY POLICY ADVISER AT THE BRC SAID:
“Strong public-private cooperation is an essential ingredient of an effective approach to cyber security, and the emphasis the new strategy places on partnership with industry is very encouraging. Following hot on the heels of the recent launch of the NCSC, the strategy is an effective framework that can help to strengthen the UK’s digital resilience. The British population is one of the world’s biggest users of e-commerce and the retail industry is encouraged by the steps the Government is taking to work with industry, and make sure the UK is one of the safest places to do business online.”