New plans to boost the cyber security of UK's digital supply chains

IT service providers could be required to follow new cyber security rules such as part of new proposals from the government to help British businesses manage the growing cyber threat.

Other plans to help protect the country’s digital supply chains include new procurement rules to ensure the public sector buys services from firms with good cyber security.

The move follows a consultation by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to enhance the security of digital supply chains and third-party IT services, used by businesses for the likes of data processing and running software.

After an industry-wide consultation, the government will now develop more detailed policy proposals. A review of legislation is already ongoing, and a new national cyber strategy will be launched later this year.

This additional focus comes as new research from chairs, CEOs and directors of Britain’s top companies shows the majority (91 per cent) see cyber threats as a high or very high risk to their business, yet with nearly a third of leading firms not currently taking action on supply chain cyber security.

The government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) already offers a raft of cyber security support and advice on identifying business-wide risks and vulnerabilities - including the Cyber Assessment Framework - as well as specific Supply Chain Security and Supplier Assurance guidance.

There is also advice on defending against ransomware attacks and the Cyber Essentials scheme offers small and medium-sized firms a cost-effective way of getting basic measures in place to prevent the vast majority of cyber attacks.

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