Cyberthreats among top threats to UK, govt says

Summary:Cyberattacks rank alongside terrorism and pandemics as major threats to the U.K., according to the U.K. National Security Strategy.

Cyberattacks are among the most significant threats facing the UK, according to the government.
 

Major threats include cyberattacks, terrorism and military crises, the government said in its National Security Strategy [PDF] on Monday. "The National Security Council judged that currently--and for the next five years--tackling the risks from terrorism, cyberattack, military crises and major accidents or natural hazards should be our highest priority objectives," the strategy's authors stated. "Government, the private sector and citizens are under sustained cyberattack today, from both hostile states and criminals."

The government said it will develop a "transformative programme for cybersecurity" to address the threat. The strategy was published a day ahead of the government's Strategic Defence Review, which will lay out UK defence resourcing and plans.

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