Cybersecurity measures to combat the internet's dark side
The internet has transformed the way we work and the way we live our lives today. We use it to shop, to pay bills, to keep in touch with friends and family across the world. In
The internet has been an unprecedented engine for global development on every level. But there is a darker side to it, and the Government believes it is time to shine a strong light on those shadows.
To that end, a year ago the Government launched the National Cybersecurity Programme. We have invested £650 million over four years to make
In October, I announced Foreign Office funding to restore and preserve
In September, together with ministerial colleagues at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and the
But without replicating these efforts internationally, such endeavours could be wasted. Just as the internet's ability to connect people and businesses across the globe makes it so powerful, those links present threats to our security and they respect no boundaries. Our Government is, therefore, leading three crucial strands of international activity.
Firstly, we need to ensure that the internet remains an open and vibrant environment, delivering benefit for people across the world. Of course, good security is vital but it is an enabler, not an end in itself. This does not mean that we are soft -- cyber criminals and cyber terrorists must have no haven offline as they must have no haven online. But we also believe that efforts to suppress the internet are wrong and are bound to fail over time. Governments that attempt this are erecting barricades against an unstoppable tide, and acting against their own long-term economic interests and their security. This debate needs to be part of international efforts to protect the future of cyberspace.
That is why I set out in
Secondly, we are helping build cybersecurity capacity abroad so that there are no backwaters where terrorists and criminals can operate. This summer one particular group targeted more than 200 email accounts at 30 of the UK's 47 government departments, in a single attack. Without the very best security we have available in
Such attacks are criss-crossing the globe from North to South, East to West, in all directions, recognizing no borders, and with all countries in the line of fire. We are, therefore, drawing on
Finally, none of this would be possible without building new partnerships to improve our collective ability to tackle the most difficult threats -- including those from other countries. This Government has announced new cybersecurity agreements with
This endeavour is not just about the future. It is about the present. We must act now to preserve the benefits of the internet we treasure and protect it from those who would threaten it. We will, therefore, continue to do all we can by promoting the social and economic benefits of the internet; developing our own skills, capabilities and defences at home, sharing that expertise with others abroad, and working with our allies to help win the argument that an open internet is the only way to support security and prosperity for all.
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