New measures for critical infrastructure cyber protection

The National Cyber Security Centre, alongside the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has announced new measures to protect health, water, energy, transport and digital infrastructure against cyber threats.

Those in charge of the nation’s critical infrastructure will now be expected to have robust safeguards in place against cyber threats and need to report breaches and network outages to regulators within 72 hours or face fines of up to £17 million.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, said: “These new measures will help to strengthen the security of the UK’s infrastructure. By acting on the National Cyber Security Centre’s expert technical advice and reporting incidents, organisations can protect themselves against those who would do us harm. The UK government is committed to making the UK the safest place to live and do business online, but we can’t do this alone. Every citizen, business and organisation must play their part.”

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