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A strategy to make the UK a “global champion of data” has been set out, putting it at the heart of the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Data Strategy includes five priority missions the Government must take to capitalise on the opportunities data offers, including unlocking the value of data across the economy, securing a pro-growth and trusted data regime, transforming government’s use of data to drive efficiency and improve public services, ensuring the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which data relies and championing the international flow of data.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced that Lindy Cameron is to become its new chief executive from October.
She will succeed Ciaran Martin, who led the setting-up of the NCSC in 2016, and joins from her role as director-general of the Northern Ireland Office.
The NCSC, which is part of GCHQ, is the UK’s lead authority on cyber security, overseeing the response to cyber attacks and improving the cyber resilience of the UK’s national infrastructure.
Police-backed Cyber Resilience Centres are set to expand across the country amid growing threats to vulnerable businesses.
The risk to smaller firms is even greater during the coronavirus outbreak, as bad actors turn their attention to lucrative multibillion-pound online crime.
Cyber Resilience Centres, which first started in Scotland, are regional hubs supported by police forces, working with the private sector and university students.
By the end of the year a number of hubs are expected to be open across the UK, including Greater Manchester, East Midlands, West Midlands, South East, South West and the East, as well as Wales
Chief executives should be held personally responsible for cyberattacks, with many users believing they should also be compensated for such breaches, new research suggests.
A survey by data protection firm Veritas Technologies found that more than a third (35 percent) of UK consumers would see a business leader as personally responsible if a cyber breach of that business occurs.
It suggests that more than two-thirds (68 percent) believe they should be compensated when incidents such as ransomware attacks compromise their data, while 8% said they would like to see chief executives sent to prison if such a breach does take place.
Google has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government to help the nation’s public sector agencies leverage Google Cloud services.
The agreement will see UK public sector bodies receive a discount depending on cloud demand and expected spend.
Google revealed it has been in discussions this year with CCS, the UK Cabinet Office executive agency and trading fund, regarding requirements for cloud services under the One Government Cloud Strategy, a joint initiative between Cabinet Office, CCS and Government Digital Service to open up the cloud services market to more suppliers to provide the best value for agencies.