UK to increase national cyber-defence grid

Following news on the anticipated announcement today by Chancellor Philip Hammond of an increase in national cyber-defence spending to £1.9billion, please see below comment from cyber security experts on the real effects this might have on the UK’s cyber security efforts:

Paul Calatayud, CTO, FireMon:

“When it comes to national cyber defence, most of the time current funding focuses on critical infrastructure protection. When funding by governments increases, it is usually attributed to two main factors: definitions of critical often expand and changes in adversary attack techniques that require more investments.

“If expansions in the cyber defence programme are attributed to expanded scopes, more resources will be required. Often this comes in the form of outreach grants and new laws to help assist the corporate side. It also means increase collaboration between government and private industry.”