Cybercrime: Scotland

Home Department written question – answered on 6th January 2014.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has given any support to the Scottish Government in (a) tackling cyber crime or (b) combating cyber attacks against the Scottish Government.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

As part of the UK, Scotland benefits from the UK Government’s investment in cyber security, which we recognised as a tier 1 threat to national security in 2010. The UK Government has allocated £860 million over five years to improve the UK’s cyber security under the National Cyber Security Programme, which supports efforts to understand the threat the UK faces and protect government, industry, and the public. The Home Office receives approximately 10% of this funding each year; this money has been used to improve our capabilities to respond to cyber crime. These capabilities include the new national cyber crime unit within the National Crime Agency which will improve the collective operational response to cyber crime, working in collaboration with police forces across the UK, including Police Scotland.

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