Essential Service Operators Faced With Penalty Fines For Poor Cyber Security

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As part of a major consultation to protect essential services against cyber attacks, organisations across Britain could face new penalty fines of up to £17 million as a result of poor cyber security measures. New measures to consolidate and improve cyber security across Britain's digital infrastructure have been launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in order. The initiative is part of the government's £1.9 million investment to improve the UK's resilience to cyber attacks. The new measures will impact organisations working in areas such electricity, energy, digital, water, transport and healthcare to ensure that they are adequately equipped to face the ever increasing challenge of cyber threats. The strategy will also incorporate solutions to problems such as hardware and power failures. 

In addition to a notable increase in staff cyber security training, organisations will need to develop a sufficient strategy and implement adequate risk management policies to prevent cyber attacks. 

In November 2016, the government officially announced a five-year National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) to fortify the cyber defences of essential services operating in Britain. As part of the strategy, companies will be offered free on-line advice and training schemes to reduce their susceptibility to cyber threats. 

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