Threat of cyber attack is the new priority for the UK as cuts hit major projects
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 20/10/2010 03:39
The Government unveiled its long-awaited National Security Strategy yesterday introducing, for the first time, a league table of "threats" to the UK ranging from terrorism and cyber warfare to illegal immigrants and pandemic flu.
The document presented three "tiers" of dangers facing Britain, based on an assessment of their scale of impact and the likelihood of their taking place.
National security strategy says UK under threat of cyber attack
The government today unveiled its national security strategy, which emphasised the new threats facing Britain from cyberspace, non-state groups and hostile forces unlikely to be deterred by conventional weaponry.
Coming before Wednesday's defence review on military spending, the white paper identified four "tier one" threats to Britain: terrorism, attacks in cyberspace, a large accident or hazard and a military crisis - the only one relating to a conventional emergency that would involve other states.
Terrorism and cyber attacks top security threats
Cyber attacks, terrorism, inter-state conflict and natural disasters are the top threats to national security, officials said on Monday, before a major military review expected to usher deep defence spending cuts.
A new National Security Strategy highlighted threats from al Qaeda and Northern Ireland-linked groups, as the government sought to convince critics that an armed forces review due on Tuesday is policy-driven, and not a money-saving exercise.
Theresa May warns of growing threat of cyber warfare
Theresa May, the home secretary, warned today that cyber warfare is a "growing threat" to Britain, alongside international terrorism.
May outlined the top-priority threats facing the country as a significant rise in resources devoted to cyber warfare, intelligence-gathering and special forces is due to be confirmed in a national security strategy document being unveiled this afternoon.