The National Cyber Security Strategy

The 2015 National Security Strategy highlighted three key threats to the UK: Russia, ISIS and cyber. Recognising this, the launch of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 in November 2016, supported with a £1.9bn budget, demonstrates a step change in the approach taken across government to provide a comprehensive and measurable plan to make the UK increasingly resilient in the fast-moving digital world. 

The National Cyber Security Strategy has 3 strands:

  • defend - making those wishing us harm in the cyber realm think twice, through the capability to defend UK networks effectively and the expertise to seek out and attribute attackers, punishing them for illegal activities

  • deter - as well as deterring attacks through excellent defensive resources, making UK networks resistant to attack, this strand is focused on putting off potential attackers through UK’s sovereign offensive cyber capability and its ability to strike back

  • develop - building the resources to support the former two strand; providing effective defensive measures, an offensive cyber programme and the resources to support their success in terms of increasing cyber expertise and awareness in our people

The Defence Cyber School (DCS) forms part of the National Cyber Security Strategy. It was created in April 2017, and sits within the develop strand. 

Following the National Cyber Security Strategy launch, the Secretary of State for defence and the Chancellor both highlighted the pivotal role the Ministry of Defence will play in its implementation.