Government Departments: Cybercrime

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the number of cyber-attacks on Government IT systems since January 2014.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

We are now seeing around 100 sophisticated attacks a month on UK Government or industry networks. The Government has committed £860 million until 2016 to the transformative National Cyber Security Programme to bolster the UK’s cyber defences. The National Cyber Security Strategy, published November 2011, sets out how the UK will support economic prosperity, protect national security and safeguard the public’s way of life by building a more trusted and resilient digital environment.

We do not comment on specific details of cyber security attacks on Government IT systems.

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