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Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 122673, tabled on 10 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking via the National Cyber Security Centre to advise on and ensure the cyber-resilience of (a) central Government and Public Agency IT systems, (b) UK companies and organisations and (c) critical national infrastructure from overt and covert hostile state threats.

Answered on

21 February 2022

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issues strategic warnings, regular advisories and guidance, such as Active Cyber Defence, to individuals, organisations and government.

This is part of a broader approach to Cyber resilience as set out in the National Cyber Strategy. It includes £2.6 billion of fresh investment in cyber and legacy IT over the next three years, in addition to a commitment to invest in an overhaul of government cyber security and addressing legacy IT infrastructure so that government's critical functions are significantly hardened to cyber-attack by 2025 and all government organisations are resilient to known vulnerabilities and attack methods by 2030.

Our deterrence campaigns leverage the full range of UK capabilities (diplomatic, economic, covert and overt) to influence the behaviour of malicious cyber actors.

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