Government Cyber in Wales

About Government Cyber in Wales

Cyber security is a Global challenge and governments around the world are developing and implementing strategies to combat cyber warfare and cyber crime. The UK Government published its Cyber Strategy in 2011 (with £860m funding), refreshed it in 2016 (with £1.9bn funding) and will refresh it again in 2021. This strategy is executed through the GCHQ, Government Departments, the MOD and the Police.

Cyber Wales has close working partnerships with GCHQ through the NCSC, UK Government through DIT and DCMS, the MOD through serving personnel in the Management Team and the Police through the ROCUs and individual Police Forces.

The Welsh Government, the devolved government for Wales, works across areas that include local government, health, education, skills training, international investment, tourism, business support, digital, broadband & mobile. Cyber is considered an 'enabler' for these areas. The Minister for Local Govt has a person responsible for cyber resilience focussed on the public sector, the Minister for International Relations includes cyber as one of 3 Welsh import/export propositions and the Minister for the economy has a person promoting cyber as a 'theme'. Cyber Wales seeks to support and expand these efforts.

Leading the way in Government Cyber Defence

The NCSC was set up to help protect critical services from cyber attacks, managing major incidents and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations. Based in Cheltenham, NCSC has close relationships with organisations just across the border in Wales.

Nurturing Innovation and Capability in Cyber

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is leading the Government’s digital agenda. Over half of their policy and delivery work now covers the digital sectors, including telecommunications, emerging technologies, data protection, internet safety and, of course, cyber security, which plays a vital role in those other areas. Cyber security is the cornerstone of the UK’s digital economy, providing the trust and resilience required to enable online businesses across all sectors to start-up, grow and prosper in the UK.

The Department for International Trade secures UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade. They are an international economic department, responsible for bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed They deliver a new trade policy framework for the UK, promoting British trade and investment across the world, building the global appetite for British goods and services.

Cyber Resilience in the Welsh Public Sector

National Cyber Security Strategy, cyber resilience and cyber security are non-devolved areas, albeit with clear implications for devolved administrations. Welsh Ministers are thus committed to the National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021 which sets out the UK Government’s vision that by 2021 ‘the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and confident in the digital world'. Ministers in Wales are committed to the National Cyber Security Strategy and to working in close collaboration with the Cabinet Office and the NCSC on all aspects of cyber-security

To download the Welsh Government prospectus on cyber security in Wales, click HERE

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