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PROTECTING THE CRITICAL NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Labour: says most attacks are foiled by firewalls, antivirus software and other "good practice" security measures; points to the role of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).
Conservatives: want to establish a new Cyber Threat and Assessment Centre.
Liberal Democrats: have no plans to change role of the CPNI; want to promote business continuity plans in the private sector.
Green Party: sees decentralisation, open source and the development of the 'smart grid' as reducing infrastructural risk.
Pirate Party UK: wants more funding for GCHQ and the security services to ensure critical infrastructure security; is keen on a decentralised national network; wants UK to help other countries protect their own, more vulnerable critical national infrastructures.
UKIP: did not answer this question.
BNP: believes the national infrastructure can only be secured by renationalising the telecoms network.
SNP: sees opportunities for Scotland in protecting the critical national infrastructure, with renewable-energy-powered datacentres handling the storage and protection of data; is concerned over domain registry management provisions in the Digital Economy Act.
Plaid Cymru: did not answer this question.