Maude: UK is in stronger cyber security position than a year ago

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has claimed that the UK is in a stronger position in dealing with cyber threats than a year ago.

On the anniversary of the inception of the UK cyber strategy, Maude, who oversees the strategy, has claimed that the UK is in a stronger position than a year ago but that there is still much work to be done.

"We've made progress raising awareness but this is only half the story. We will continue to improve education; stimulating cyber skills, support business and industry; increasing cyber confidence," he said in a statement.

The strategy – which has seen the government pledge £650m to bolster the UK's digital defences and improve its capability in cyber space – has been widely criticised since its inception.

On the anniversary of the inception of the UK cyber strategy, Maude, who oversees the strategy, has claimed that the UK is in a stronger position than a year ago but that there is still much work to be done.

Maude went on to suggest that cyber security capacity needed to grow globally. He cited the UK's centre of excellence on cyber security as an example of how Britain wants to help other countries by offering independent advice on building a secure and resilient cyberspace.

The problem with this, according to the Intelligence Security Committee, is that the government does not understand the nature and extent of cyber-attacks from other nation states such as Russia and China, which are focused on espionage and the acquisition of information. This suggests that nations may never fully open themselves up to each other, as they are still some distance from being able to trust one another.
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