Your Cyber Security weekly news: 03/03/2017

Friday, March 03, 2017 04:33

Helen Kenny by Helen Kenny

This week has seen the publication of the UK Government Digital Strategy, which includes the aim to make the UK “the safest place in the world to live and work online”. The strategy has come up against mixed reviews, however.

Digital Strategy criticised by cyber security industry 

The Digital Strategy, published on 1 March by the UK Government, has been criticised for the lack of detail on cyber security. 

The one strand which covers cyber security, of the seven areas set out, aims to support the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as the single point of contact for companies. It also repeated the need and support there is for active cyber defence, working with GCHQ they intend to target “anyone who would do the country harm”. 


The strategy also mentions the cyber security education programmes, aimed at helping bridge the gap on the skills shortage of cyber security professionals, and applying pressure addressing cyber security issues within organisations. 

Concerns from the cyber security industry show that people are not convinced the level of detail needed is there. 

Dr Jamie Graves, CEO at ZoneFox says, “Although the Government’s digital strategy is encouraging, currently the lack of detail is concerning”. 

“So far, the initiative fails to pinpoint factors such as how it will be measured to ensure its success. Britain doesn’t need any more strategic plans, it needs to start seeing tangible results.” 

Yahoo lawyer cyber security resignation 

An independent review of two major data breaches at Yahoo have culminated in the resignation of one of their top lawyers, Ronald Bell. 

The review found that the “legal team had sufficient information to warrant substantial further inquiry in 2014, and they did not sufficiently pursue it”. 

The hacks, which were only made public in 2016, brought huge disapproval against Yahoo for failure to safeguard users. 

It is thought that Bell has unfairly taken the stick for the fiasco, with CEO Marissa Mayer dodging the bullet. It has meant a $350 million reduction to the Verizon acquisition bid, as well as reported investigations from the FBI.      

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