On 14 April 2016, the Government published the UK Cyber Security Strategy 2011-2016 final Annual Report.

The report considers the achievements and impact of the Cyber Security Programme and looks ahead to future developments.

The Cyber Security Programme aimed to:

  • tackle cyber-crime and make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyberspace
  • make the UK more resilient to cyber-attack and better able to protect its interests in cyberspace
  • help shape an open, vibrant and stable cyberspace that supports open societies
  • build the UK’s cyber security knowledge, skills and capability.

Among other things, the report lists the following achievements:

  • The UK’s national capabilities and technologies for tackling cyber-crime have been significantly enhanced. For example, CERT-UK, the UK’s national Computer Emergency Response Team, was launched in 2014.
  • Businesses of all sectors and sizes now have unprecedented levels of expert guidance and training available to help them manage their cyber risks. For example, there is now best practice cyber security guidance available to businesses, together with free online training for employees and small business owners, as well as specific training for a range of professions.
  • Government digital services are more secure than ever. For example, Government departments, local authorities and councils now use the Public Services Network, which enables secure collaboration between them.
  • Police forces are actively tackling serious cyber-crime, both at home and internationally. For example, the National Cyber Crime Unit was established in 2013 as the national lead for serious and organised cyber-crime.

The Government also announced that it will substantially increase investment in protecting the UK from cyber-attacks to £1.9 billion.  This year will see the launch of the UK’s second National Cyber Security Strategy, which will define the Government’s vision and ambition for the next five years.