Britain’s £1.3bn cyber security programme might fail to meet its aims, financial watchdogs warn

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BRITAIN’S £1.3billion cyber security programme might fail to meet its aims, financial watchdogs warned yesterday.

They identified shortcomings in deciding how much money the five-year Government initiative needed before its launch in 2016.

The UK’s £1.3billion cyber security programme might fail to meet its aims, watchdogs warn
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This has led to concern about how computer attacks will be tackled after 2021, partly because proper funding has not been assessed, said the National Audit Office.

It added: “The Cabinet Office did not produce a business case for the programme first.”

The NAO said the project has had successes such as establishing the National Cyber Security Centre and “reducing the UK’s vulnerability”.

But NAO chief Sir Amyas Morse said it was not certain the Government’s approach to better cyber security “will represent value for money” or be properly funded after 2021.


The Commons public accounts committee’s chairwoman Meg Hillier said events such as 2017’s WannaCry cyber attack on the NHS shows that boosting security is critical.

The Cabinet Office said: “Britain is safer since the launch of our cyber strategy in 2015.” But it added: “We recognise that there is always more to do.”

Meg Hillier said events such as 2017’s WannaCry cyber attack on the NHS shows that boosting security is critical
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