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UK cyberdefence strategy fixated on top-down security, say MPs
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:25:19 +0000 (UTC)
By John E Dunn
30 July 2013
The UK Government’s much-vaunted Cyber Security Strategy is overly-fixated
on high-level defence at the expense of investing in basic policing and
consumer protection, the Home Affairs Select Committee has warned.
The Committee’s report is not the first time the narrow focus of the
Government’s cyber-defence strategy has been pulled apart, but at 165
pages it is perhaps the most comprehensive and uncomfortable analysis to
The fundamental problem recounted to the Committee by expert witnesses was
that the lion’s share of the £650 million ($980 million) earmarked for the
Strategy had been eaten by GCHQ and the other intelligence agencies,
leaving policing to pick up much smaller sums.
According to one Committee witness, Commissioner Adrian Leppard of the
City of London Police, a quarter of his workforce of specialised digital
police could be axed in spending cuts.
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- UK cyberdefence strategy fixated on top-down security, say MPs InfoSec News (Aug 01)