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UK cyberdefence strategy fixated on top-down security, say MPs
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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 date.

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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