Britain will 'strike back' at online attackers under new cyber security strategy

Posted On: 
1st November 2016

Britain will be able to “strike back” at malicious online attackers under new cyber security plans to be unveiled by Philip Hammond today.

The Government wants to crack down on threats from “untrained teenagers” and “foreign states”.
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The Chancellor will lay out the Government's National Cyber Security Strategy, which will include cash for taking the fight to those who threaten Britain through the web.

The £1.9bn plan seeks to protect the economy, personal privacy and national security, including major infrastructure, against threats from “untrained teenagers” and “foreign states”.

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At a Microsoft conference in London, Mr Hammond will say: “Britain is already an acknowledged global leader in cyber security thanks to our investment of over £860m in the last Parliament, but we must now keep up with the scale and pace of the threats we face.

“Our new strategy, underpinned by £1.9 billion of support over five years and excellent partnerships with industry and academia, will allow us to take even greater steps to defend ourselves in cyberspace and to strike back when we are attacked.”

Among the plans is a national research institute to tackle the most pressing threats, and a boost for law enforcement to raise the cost of cyber crime.

Cabinet Minister Ben Gummer said: "No longer the stuff of spy thrillers and action movies, cyber-attacks are a reality and they are happening now.

“Our adversaries are varied - organised criminal groups, 'hactivists', untrained teenagers and foreign states.”

The announcement comes as the threat of Russia to UK national security is laid bare in an unprecedented warning from the boss of MI5.