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John Reid applauds government cyber security strategy but suggests more can be done

Filed under: Cyber Security — Stephanie on December 5, 2011

The Institute of Security and Resilience Studies chair has revealed that although he is in favour of the government’s recently announced cyber security strategy he believes that it falls short in certain areas.

John Reid, with experience as both the Defence Secretary and the Home Secretary made his comments at London’s Cyber Security Summit where he applauded how well the strategy supports the advantages and dangers presented by the web.
Reid went on to say:

“The internet brings us huge human opportunity for progress, but also for industrial espionage for terrorist threats and also with the intervention of industrial control systems. These are the beginnings of a grand strategy, particularly economic, to meet a common objective.”

However when talking about the allocation of funds from the £650 million that has been earmarked for the cyber security strategy he questioned the decision to provide just two percent to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. He stated:

“This is unfortunate because we cannot and will not catch up if investment lacks depth. Cyber investment is not unnecessary, it is an essential element of any growth strategy. Innovation and entrepreneurial skills are not only the centre of security, they are today and tomorrow’s growth in our economy.”

The government strategy already includes funds to be allocated for training and support in IT security recruitment. Further support of the economy can only bode well for candidates looking for information risk jobs.
Reid went on to point to the US as a great example of how the UK should support the economy when planning its cyber space strategy.

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