Resilience of cyber attack protection comes under scrutiny

Northampton South MP David Mackintosh has questioned the sufficiency of current defence systems set in place to protect the UK against cyber attacks.

David Mackintosh in Parliament

Speaking during a debate in Parliament, David asked Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Ben Gummer if enough was being done to protect the UK against the possibility of future cyber attacks.

Mr Gummer responded “The persistence and ingenuity of those who would threaten us with cyber- attacks mean that we need to work even harder to keep pace with the threat. That is why we recently launched our five-year national cyber-security strategy—supported by £1.9 billion of investment—in which we set out ambitious steps to respond to that increasing cyber-threat.”

The question follows recent revelations that one billion Yahoo email accounts may have been hacked, raising concerns about the public’s online security.

David added: “Will my right hon. Friend reassure the House that as well as protecting the nation’s vital infrastructure from cyber-attacks, the Government is taking appropriate steps to protect businesses and individuals from the threat of such attacks?”.

Mr Gummer MP replied: “I can reassure the House. My hon. Friend rightly raises the issue of wider threats to infrastructure, and that was the purpose behind the setting up of the National Cyber Security Centre, where we bring together all the expertise across Government to make sure that we are protecting our national infrastructure. I am confident that we will be able to do that to a world-leading capacity.”