16. The Committee has previously welcomed the Government’s acknowledgement that
cyber attacks represent a Tier One risk to the UK. In October 2010, the Government set
out its plan to transform the UK’s cyber security skills and capabilities by 2015 through
the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP) and accordingly allocated additional
funding to the Agencies and other government departments. The Committee has therefore
been keen to ascertain what specific outcomes have been achieved thus far.
17. In terms of defensive capabilities, it is clear that the provision of security advice to
Government, businesses and individuals will generate the greatest improvement in UK
cyber security. Although the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) and
the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), among others, continue to
provide an invaluable service in this regard, we believe that education and basic security
measures should be given greater priority in the NCSP. Given the importance of CESG’s
work in this area we are disappointed that, despite our recommendation last year, a longerterm funding model has still not been established.
18. We note that GCHQ and the other Agencies have made some progress in developing
cyber capabilities. However, the Committee is concerned at the lack of progress since the
publication of the NCSP: more needs to be done if we are to keep ahead in this fast-paced
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