MPs warn Theresa May the UK is “wholly” unprepared for major cyber attack

The committee has urged the Prime Minister to appoint a cybersecurity minister in cabinet to take charge of the efforts to build national resilience.
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A parliament committee has warned Prime Minister Theresa May that the government is failing to act with “a meaningful sense of purpose or urgency” in the face of cyber attacks to the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI).

According to The Guardian, the committee has urged the Prime Minister to appoint a cybersecurity minister in cabinet to take charge of the efforts to build national resilience.

The committee also called on the government to “prioritise continued information-sharing and collaboration on cyber-attacks with the EU during the Brexit talks”, said the publication.

“Identifiable political leadership is lacking. There is little evidence to suggest a ‘controlling mind’ at the centre of government, driving change consistently across the many departments and CNI sectors involved,” said the committee.

“We are concerned that the current complex arrangements for ministerial responsibility mean that day-to-day oversight of cross-government efforts is, in reality, led by officials, with ministers only occasionally ‘checking in’.

“This is wholly inadequate to the scale of the task facing the government, and inappropriate in view of the government’s own assessment that major cyber-attacks are a top-tier national security threat.”

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