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Exemption from new UK border rules for specialist cyber security staff

Dear Cyber Security Colleague

This email contains information about the new UK border rules and their impact on cyber security staff. It also contains additional information on the government’s current work on cyber security.

New UK Border Rules

The Government announced on Friday 22 May that it will introduce a series of measures and restrictions at the UK border to help protect the public and stop the spread of the coronavirus. These measures include a 14 day period of ‘self-isolation’ for travellers entering the UK and are due to be brought in on 8 June. Full details are available on the gov.uk website.

There is an exemption from the 14 day self-isolation requirement for specialist cyber security staff. The following definition has been included in a list of travellers exempt from the new border rules: an information technology or telecommunications professional whose expertise is required to provide an essential or emergency response to threats and incidents relating to the security of any network and information system and ensure the continued operation of any network and information system

For more information, please visit the Entering the UK section of the gov.uk website. Details of what evidence will need to be presented on arrival will be published shortly.

Cyber Aware campaign

The Cyber Aware campaign has been running since 21 April, encouraging the public take action to stay secure online during the current crisis. As part of the campaign, the National Cyber Security Centre launched the Suspicious Email Reporting Service which enables anyone to flag phishing emails to the government. If you receive an email you’re not sure about, you can report it to the service by simply forwarding it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Hundreds of thousands of emails have already been reported, with over over 300 fake and malicious websites removed as a result.

If you’re interested in supporting the Cyber Aware campaign, you can download a partner pack containing the campaign assets here. This includes:

The Cyber Exchange

The newly updated Cyber Exchange portal is a free resource to help UK cyber security businesses grow. The website, which is jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and techUK, includes:

  • a database of cyber security businesses and investors,

  • details of trade missions, grants, competitions and funding opportunities, and

  • an events calendar showing the latest conferences, trade shows and meet ups for cyber security businesses.

You can add your businesses to the company database and keep up to date on the latest opportunities by signing up for the fortnightly Cyber Exchange newsletter.  Full details are available on the Cyber Exchange.

Your feedback

If you have any specific feedback on cyber security, or any questions about this note, please contact us at cybersecurity@culture.gov.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest cyber security information from the government and sign up for alerts by visiting www.gov.uk/government/cyber-security.

Best wishes

Cyber Security Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport